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Sony outlaws cyberpunk from PlayStation Store in response to bug repulsion

Tokyo / Gdansk (Reuters)-Sony will withdraw Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store just a week after its debut following complaints about a bug in a video game created by Polish CD Projekt.

Called “an open-world action-adventure story set in Megalopolis crazy about power, glamor, and physical remodeling,” a role-playing game featuring Hollywood star Keanu Reeves was delayed three times before its debut. ..

Sony’s unusual move was another blow to Poland’s top video game maker CD Projekt, with fans and game reviewers expressing concern, and last week’s share fell from a record high.

CD Projekt, whose share dropped by 17% at 1159 GMT, said the pause was temporary and is working hard to bring cyberpunk back to the PlayStation Store as soon as possible.

The launch of cyberpunk, where gamers play as the character “V”, a mercenary outlaw in pursuit of “a unique implant that is the key to immortality,” took place at the same time that people were trapped in their homes. It was. Pandemic.

In addition, although the demand for games is increasing due to the coronavirus crisis, the supply of new titles is insufficient, and the ones released are receiving particular attention.

Some high-end games, such as Microsoft’s Halo Infinite, are also lagging behind due to the challenge of developers being trapped in their homes during the coronavirus restriction.

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CEO Adam Kicinski said that when Cyberpunk was released, CD Projekt wanted to reduce bugs, but didn’t consider the fourth delay.

He said there were few outside testers because he couldn’t try the game from home as a result of COVID-19.

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Kacper Kopron, an analyst at Trigon DM Brokerage, said:

Sony’s move has been at risk of building credibility with its fans over the years, and CD Projekt has promised to fix the bug with updates that will be patched in January and February.

CD Projekt, which attracted attention in the “The Witcher” series and became one of Poland’s largest listed companies, was expected to break sales records with Cyberpunk, which was also released on Microsoft’s XBox and Google’s Stadia. It was.

Kicinski said in an email statement that CD Projekt has not discussed with Microsoft the possibility of withdrawing the console version of the game from the Xbox platform.

Microsoft declined to comment. Google didn’t immediately respond to the request for comment.

Reported by Sam Nussey in Tokyo and Anna Pruchnicka in Gdansk. Additional reports by Alan Charlish and Anna Koper in Warsaw and Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm.Edited by Christopher Cushing, David Clark, Alexander Smith