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Cyberpunk 2077 maker sued by investor after game’s disastrous launch

Cyberpunk 2077 launched to great fanfare earlier this month, but its arrival quickly descended into chaos as gamers complained of numerous bugs, especially on legacy consoles, that made it pretty much unplayable on some platforms.

The maker of the role-playing action game, Poland-based CD Projekt Red, has since issued a number of fixes, with more promised next month.

But the updates have come too late for one person, who is now suing CD Projekt, parent of CD Projekt Red.

Plaintiff Andrew Trampe — an investor in the company — sued in federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 24, requesting that the suit be accepted as a class action on behalf of others who invested in the gaming company this year.

The legal action is aiming to recover damages for CD Projekt investors under the federal securities laws. As noted by NBC News, which first reported the lawsuit, shares in CD Projekt have fallen by about 38 percent since shortly before the game’s release two weeks ago.

The suit alleges the company issued “materially false and/or misleading” statements about the game’s readiness for market, one of which claimed the product was “complete and playable.”

It also accused the defendants of failing to disclose that Cyberpunk 2077 was “virtually unplayable” on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One because it contained “an enormous number of bugs.”

Indeed, the situation was deemed so serious by Sony that it took the unprecedented step of removing the game from the PlayStation Store while at the same time offering customers refunds. CD Projekt Red and Microsoft have also started to offer refunds for disgruntled customers. Digital Trends offers a guide on how to get a refund for Cyberpunk 2077.

Days after the game’s release, CD Projekt Red apologized for the disastrous launch, admitting that it “should have paid more attention to making it play better on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.”

Digital Trends has reached out to CD Projekt for comment on the lawsuit, although the company recently said that it wouldn’t be making any statements to the media until January 2021.

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