Update: CD Projekt Red reportedly enforcing six-day working week on Cyberpunk 2077

By Sean Carey,
Update: CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski has released a statement on Twitter in response to the Bloomberg report saying that the enforced crunch is "one of the hardest decisions" he's had to make.

Original Story: According to a new report, employees at developer CD Projekt Red have been told they must work a mandatory six-day working week in the lead up to Cyberpunk 2077 's launch.

The report from Bloomberg says that on Monday, employees at the studio received an email from studio head Adam Bowski informing them they would be required to work "your typical amount of work and one day of the weekend." Bowski continues, "I take it upon myself to receive the full backlash for the decision. I know this is in direct opposition to what we've said about crunch. It's also in direct opposition to what I personally grew to believe a while back — that crunch should never be the answer. But we've extended all other possible means of navigating the situation."

CD Projekt Red previously came under fire for reportedly forcing employees to work excessive amounts of overtime during The Witcher 3's development. A slew of negative reviews were left on job recruiting website Glassdoor about the company citing crunch as a problem. In 2019, CD Projekt Red's co-founder Marcin Iwinski told Kotaku it would be implementing a "non-obligatory crunch policy", and it would be "more humane" in the way it treated its employees. Iwinski said, "We are known for treating gamers with respect, and I actually would [like] for us to also be known for treating developers with respect."

Now it seems the studio has gone back on its promise to be "more humane." According to Bloomberg's source, some staff have already been working nights and weekends for more than a year. The smallest of positives from this situation is that employees will be compensated for any extra hours they are forced to work due to Poland's labour laws.

Cyberpunk 2077 was originally supposed to launch in April but was delayed a couple of times to November, giving CD Projekt Red a total of seven months to finalise development. Cyberpunk 2077 launches on November 19th.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.