Retro-futurist video game Cyberpunk 2077 will be back in the Playstation store on Monday after a disastrous launch marred by bugs forced a 184-day time-out.
But can a blockbuster game recover from the reputational hit of a failed roll-out? Sometimes, as other titles have shown, one can.
“Redemption is possible,” said Yohan Bensemhoun, game tester for jeuxvideo.com. “But it s risky. Fail twice and you re done.”
CD Projekt s dark future roleplaying title had been hotly anticipated after the studio s work on the groundbreaking The Witcher III, but gamers were disappointed when the game first appeared and an online storm damaged confidence.
Some games — even some studios — go under after such a botched start, but when the hopefully revamped Cyberpunk 2077 goes back on sale the developers will be hoping they emulate the revival of games like “No Man s Sky”.
When that game came out in mid-2016, under the banner of UK studio Hello Games, the epic space explorer was billed as a revolution, set in an almost infinite universe featuring planets boasting unique ecosystems.
“It s up there, yes, as one of the most exciting game I ve ever awaited,” said 31-year-old British gamer Matthew Winter.