Cyberpunk 2077 has been on a long and bumpy road, as Pavel Sasko, the game's lead quest designer, is well aware. The creator shared his thoughts on the game and the approach of CD Projekt RED, and expressed immense gratitude to the fans for their faith in the title.
Cyberpunk 2077 - the road to redemption
In an interview that lasted almost an hour and a half, given for the TheNeonArcade Pawel Sasko shared many of his thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED and the fans, towards whom, as he admitted, he feels great gratitude. At one point, the creator decided to thank the players and said.:
"Look at the reception of Cyberpunk now, how it has changed. Look at the reviews, videos and discussions around the game. You go back to the game, play it again and have fun. I am incredibly grateful. After the release of Cyberpunk was hard, it tore our hearts apart, but we didn't give up."
Pawel Sasko brought up a very important point in this statement, namely that despite the bad reception after the release, the players gave CDPR another chance and they returned to the single player game, giving it tons of positive reviews.
Today's Cyberpunk 2077 bears almost no resemblance to what the game presented itself right after its release. This is a result not only of the updates and the Phantom Liberty expansion, but above all a change in the developer's approach to game development. Pawel Sasko admitted in an interview that CDPR has evolved and the developers have matured.
"We were doing genre variations. Suddenly we were creating quests that were comedy, tragedy, drama, tragicomedy and pastiche. We did such things in the past. Now we are much more aware and I would say, mature as creators... When you play Phantom Liberty, you can feel it. This genre and themes are so defined and you can feel that as creators we know what we are doing. We understand IP much better than in the past."
The devs are currently working on Project Orion, which is the second part of Cyberpunk, although the term "work in progress" is a bit of a stretch here. The chief quest designer announced that "Orion" is currently being worked on by a small group of people.
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