CD Projekt has issued an official statement with regards to the rumours that are currently circulating about the levels of ‘morale within the studio’. This was made in response to a number of scathing comments about the working environment at CD Projekt Red, made on the company reviews website Glassdoor over the last couple of months.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the Witcher developer said, ‘We’d normally avoid commenting on company reviews on spaces like Glassdoor, but this time around — especially in light of the fact that we haven’t communicated anything about Cyberpunk 2077 for a long time and saw some gamers getting worried about the project — we’d like to elaborate on a few things.’
CD Projekt Red wants to allay any worries about Cyberpunk 2077 in particular, and said that high-profile departures doesn’t necessarily mean a ‘project is in danger’. The statement also took aim at leaving staff, saying that, ‘this approach to making games is not for everyone’, and that the studio's creative ambition means it has a culture of ‘reinventing the wheel every friggin’ time’.The studio didn’t expand on the accusations of low morale at the studio, and the statement, while mentioning rumours of low morale, doesn’t state how it intends to deal with the problem.
It closed by saying that, ‘Cyberpunk 2077 is progressing as planned, but we are taking our time — in this case silence is the cost of making a great game.’
Rumours first began circling about things not being ‘quite right’ at CD Projekt Red back in late September. In a post on NeoGAF, there was a discussion about possibly disgruntled ex-employees of CD Projekt Red airing reasons for their unhappiness on Glassdoor. This was followed by a news piece from Eurogamer Poland, which noted that the recent departure of high-profile developers had led other employees to ‘anonymously express their dissatisfaction with the Witcher 3 production process.’