As someone in the print industry (please hold all jokes of how my industry is dead until I have my coffee), we're aware of deadlines. While it is not uncommon to work overtime just to meet it, in the video gaming industry, it is expected.
'Crunch culture' is pervasive and appears at the tail-end of a game's development. Work spills over the typical 9-to-5 period, weekends are burned, all these just to get a video game into the consumers' hands. Such is the case of CD Projekt Red's next opus Cyberpunk 2077. Once touted for completion earlier in 2020, the project is delayed twice and now has a tentative release date of 19 November. Given the enormity of Cyberpunk 2077's open-world gameplay, it was, perhaps, too idealistic for an AAA game to come out as originally scheduled. At least, CD Projekt Red has overtime pay for workers during the crunch; other people at North American video game companies aren't as fortunate enough to be protected by Polish labour laws.
Crunch culture, sexism, unfair practices, war… the terrible list continues to grow. As 2020 continues to prove itself to be a shitty year, we could use a little encouragement, some Patton-level motivation to start this week. Here's your Internet boyfriend, Keanu Reeves, who stars as Johnny Silverhands, one of the many characters in Cyberpunk 2077, doling out some sage advice.
Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for release on
16 April 17 September 19 November 2020 and is available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.