Gabe Newell On Cyberpunk 2077 and Valve’s Own Game Development
CD Projekt Red‘s problems seem to keep escalating following the botched launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Following the emergence of a second lawsuit which, identically to the first, chastises the developers for deceiving investors and releasing an unfinished game; it’s clear the company is in deep trouble.
Valve CEO Gabe Newell has weighed in on the debacle in an interview with New Zealand based news outlet 1 News. As well as expressing his love for New Zealand and the strong interest from employees to move there too; Newell said it’s “It’s unfair to throw stones” in regard to the developer backlash over Cyberpunk 2077.
“I have a lot of sympathy with a situation that every game developer finds themselves in,” Newell said.
“There are aspects of the game that are just brilliant, and it shows a tremendous amount of work — it’s unfair to throw stones at any other developer, because just getting something as complex and ambitious as that out the door is pretty amazing.”
Speaking on CD Project Red as a company, Gabe Newell had this to say: “They have a long history of doing a great job, of continuing to invest in their products over time and I suspect that they’re going to be very good at making their customers happy over time.
“expectations are high, and if you do it well people are going to let you know and if you failed to meet those expectations they’re are going to let you know — that’s part of why it’s a fun industry.” He also spoke on the console version, saying the issues the company faced with console performance are issues many game developers grapple with.
Valve’s own games development
The interview also shed some light on Valve‘s own game development. He was as mute as he’s ever been about any upcoming Half-life or Portal game, of course: “I’ve successfully not spoken about those things for a long time and I hope to continue to not talk about them until they are moot questions. Then we’ll move on to a new set of questions,”
“The nice thing is, by not answering those questions, I avoid the community coming up with new, equally-difficult-to-answer questions.”
He did confirm Valve as a company was still focusing on game development, though: “We definitely have games in development that we’re going to be announcing — it’s fun to ship games,” he said.
“Alyx was great — to be back doing single-player games, that created a lot of momentum inside of the company to do more of that.”
Newell’s comments on Cyberpunk 2077 come shortly after the best thing consumers got to a public apology – a blog post put out by CDPR entitled Our commitment to quality. Within, the company addressed issues across both consoles and PC with a Q&A, provided a road map for 2021 and beyond, and presented a video apology from CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwinski. You can get Cyberpunk 2077 for $30 here or here.