Today troubled developer CD Projekt announced its 2021 H1 financial results to all and sundry. But as we have come to expect there are often a few tantalising teasers hidden between the facts and figures.
But before we get to the really juicy nuggets, let’s take a look at how it faired on the balance sheet. As you can see for yourself below, revenue grew by a whopping 29% year on year.
Squeaky Bum time – profits drop significantly following the continuing troubles of Cyberpunk 2077
However, whilst this seems like a good start, what’s more telling is that profit decreased by an equally astounding -28% over the same period. This was, according to a spokesperson for the developer, due to the continuing cost of updating (and fixing) problem child Cyberpunk 2077.
Of course, Cyberpunk was a core focus for the call, and rightly so. During the call, CEO Adam Kiciński detailed that work on the game would continue as long as required to deliver what was promised to gamers for longer than anyone can remember. He said that this was an essential strategy to regain the trust of a once dedicated fan base. We’re sure that you’re as happy to hear that as we are at ABG.
He continued, stating that the studio was fully committed to ensuring that Cyberpunk 2077 would finally live up to its full potential, and the high bar that was once set many moons ago. It seems that CD Projekt is unanimous in its dedication to finally get things right for the miss-managed title.
Of course, work on Cyberpunk has been focused on fixing the many bugs plaguing the title up until now. But it seems that the much promised expansion is absolutely still on the cards. During the call, CD Projekt revealed that around 150 developers are dedicated on delivering this first expansion. This would be the next AAA standard content from the developer, whilst now almost 70 developers are now repurposed to other projects, as shown below.
Staff are finally beginning to move onto other projects. We only hope that this spells progress for Cyperpunk
This ambiguous “other” category of course includes titles as yet unrevealed by the developer. Both expansions for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 are apparently slated for later this year. As for the other titles? We will have to wait and see.
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