SA Gamer Awards 2020: Most Disappointing

Disappointment is part of life. It is inevitable that things won’t work out the way we intended or hoped for, and within the video gaming world, that certainly is no different. And we need to make it perfectly clear, this doesn’t make something outright bad, just that it leaves a bit of a bitter taste in our mouths.

CD Projekt RED

Developers CD Projekt RED had a lot of goodwill thanks to their pro-gamer attitude and support for the critically acclaimed The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. But it seemed like they intended to cash in on all that with the development and release of Cyberpunk 2077. The game isn’t bad, in fact, it is pretty good, but everything leading up to and including its release was nothing but a disappointment.

The game was delayed three times this year, the studio came under scrutiny for the working conditions of its employees, and when it did eventually release it was a buggy mess, even on PC, which is definitely the best version of the game. The fact that review copies and footage of the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game were withheld from the public just stank of something some other publishers might do. It ended up with many, many people who waited a long time for Cyberpunk 2077 not getting to experience it the way it was intended or advertised. The game would never have lived up to the hype and expectations we set for it, but that doesn’t excuse CD PR from releasing it in such a state.

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