Cyberpunk 2077, even after its release on December 10, 2020; has a horde of technical glitches and other issues plaguing it right now. Especially on the PS4 and Xbox One versions. So it’s no surprise that the founders of CD Projekt Red would experience such a massive loss.

Johnny Silverhand watching CD Projekt Red's money fly away.
See all that money? And now it’s gone.

A Bloomberg news report reported that CD Projekt Red founders Michał Kiciński, Marcin Iwiński, Adam Kicinsky, and Piotr Nielubowicz have collectively lost $1 billion in wealth over the whole Cyberpunk 2077 debacle. The founders’ share of the company’s stock on Tuesday was at $3 billion. This means that the $1 billion loss was a full 25% of their entire stock value. This doesn’t bode well for CD Projekt Red.

Cyberpunk 2077: The Biggest Blow to CD Projekt Red’s Reputation Yet?

Just one of Cyberpunk 2077's many bugs.
Yes, Mr. Scrunched Head, how are you doing this fine day?

It really shouldn’t be a surprise why CD Projekt Red is losing so much money and reputation over Cyberpunk 2077. The game contained numerous (with a capital N) bugs at launch, and still continues to have them several patches later. Moreover, it’s clearly obvious that the PS4 and Xbox One versions are nowhere near as polished as the PC version. From blurry graphics, frame rate issues, and even unfinished character models; it’s clear that the console versions are in an unfinished state.

What Cyberpunk 2077 looks like on console.
No-Face, is that you? How did you end up here?

In CD Projekt Red’s defense though, it’s not really their fault that they released Cyberpunk 2077 in such an unfinished state. Sure, they’ve been developing the game since 2012, but the project is so massive that it takes a while to fully develop it into something people would want to play. And then the gamers stepped in and started screaming about when it’d come out.

Release Cyberpunk! We can't, it's unfinished!

Just release it! F*cking fine, here it is!

Why is it so buggy?! It's not finished!
You get what you demanded.

Just saying, man. You can have a buggy and unfinished Cyberpunk 2077 now, or you can get a mostly bug-free and finished game later. You can’t have it both ways.


CD Projekt Red’s founders just lost a massive chunk of change over the whole debacle with Cyberpunk 2077. Even worse, their image as a company that values quality over all else has been thoroughly tarnished. In their defense, it’s not quite their fault, but it still hurts. My advice? If you have the PC with the specs, get the game on the PC. If you don’t and if either the PS4 or Xbox One is the only way you can play it, wait several months before buying it. With enough patches, the game on the consoles should be playable by then. Hopefully.

Source: Bloomberg