Four Cyberpunk 2077 Lawsuits Have Been Combined Into One Mega Claim

Four Cyberpunk 2077 Lawsuits Have Been Combined Into One Mega Claim
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Four separate lawsuits against CD Projekt Red over Cyberpunk 2077’s release have been consolidated into one major lawsuit as investors claim they were misled by the state and playability of the sci-fi action RPG.

CD Projekt Red announced the consolidation of the lawsuits in a translated blog post on Tuesday.

“According to information obtained from a law firm cooperating with the Company, the court has consolidated the lawsuits and appointed a lead plaintiff. Following this consolidation, all four lawsuits will be subject to potential common court proceedings,” the blog post read.

So far, we only have information regarding two of the lawsuits in question – one from December 2020 and one from January 2021 – which were both filed by investors who claimed they were misled by the game’s ability and quality of play on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

According to the first lawsuit, CD Projekt failed to disclose that the game was “virtually unplayable on the current-generation Xbox or PlayStation systems due to an enormous number of bugs.”

The nature of the other two lawsuits are yet to be revealed by CD Projekt Red. Back in January, CD Projekt Red said it would “take vigorous action to defend itself,” so it should be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Despite having a less-than-desirable launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the game has still managed to sell over 13 million copies worldwide and 424,000 copies in Australia, which is still pretty impressive. CD Projekt offered refunds to players after the failed launch, but only a small percentage of players claimed refunds directly through CD Projekt Red — although it’s not known how many refunds were sought through other platforms, like Xbox, Steam or the PlayStation Store.

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  • I cannot be the only one who thinks this is just ridiculous. They were offered refunds, if they didn’t take them, then that’s on them?

    • For customers, unless they can prove CDPR lied about some specific i doubt it holds water. Even if they can i imagine CDPR can argue they negotiated in good faith to refund the product.

      Investor complaints are a different kettle of fish, if they were keeping their investors in the dark about issues that the company was aware of then their is probably grounds for some action considering the large damage to the brands reputation and goodwill that the brand was trading on post Witcher 3. Either way i imagine it is damaging as the defence is that CDPR didn’t know so couldn’t tell investors and i cant imagine that investors will continue to support a board who were negligent in their duties to not know the state of development of the game.

      • They weren’t acting in good faith to the customers. It was 2-3 weeks before I got so much as a response to my refund request (made on release day) and then they sent a message saying “we have to investigate”. Investigate what exactly? They’d already admitted the product was defective. Their tune only changed after I notified them of a chargeback, then I magically had a message telling me they’d initiated my refund about two hours after that notice. The game was a festering pile of shit and it should’ve been an automatic, no questions asked refund. Them taking three weeks to notify me of an “investigation” against their own refund policies of “no questions asked” can only possibly be them acting in bad faith towards customers.

        When the same thing happened with WC Reforged my refund was no questions asked and done in a day with none of this “investigation” BS. And that was Activision Blizzard of all companies. So I really don’t buy CDPR having everyone’s best interests at heart.

  • I’m no lawyer, but I cannot possibly see how this lawsuit for the investors etc can fail. All one has to do is look at patch 1.10 and the massive list of fixes, fixes that still hasn’t fully, even half way fixed the game to prove this game was released far too early and CDPR completely lied in releasing a game in its state.

    • Put a call out to anyone that finished the game prior to 1.10? All of us that say aye, Case Dismissed.

      • lol, finished within a week of launch, it’s really not what they can claim is a ‘great game’, definately not as good as witcher 3. So it’s more a general design issue then a ‘completed game’, and obviously they should have only designed & released on the next gen of consoles. PC however should not have any issues and yet they have several as well just to badly writen software.

      • @akeashar – Fair comment, until the judge takes a look at all that was promised in the lead up to the game, all that the investors were told, all that the trailers showed, hell, even last year what the developers themselves were saying about the game and what could be done and then compare it with the final product, how many things were left out or modified to be less then what was promised, graphically how different it looked, the mess that the console version was where a great many players COULDN’T finish it, so much so it was pulled from the PS4 store (not many games earn that distinction) that no doubt impacted potential sales and let us not forget how they cheated console players by using pc footage in the trailers for consoles and not stating it and well, looks like the case isn’t so easily dismissed after all hmm?

    • never played a MMO or bethesda game huh, hell just look at a total war patch, every time those patches have over a 100+ fixes along with many undocumented fixes along with the catchall “and many more fixes”. And the lawsuit can easily fail if CDPR can show proof that investors were happy to ship/ pushing for the game to ship.

      When it comes to investors, its not 1 or 2 investors and shareholders, its many investors. you can have a 1 or 5 say no dont ship the game isnt ready, buthen you;ve got 10 or more saying ship it we need to recoup our short term gain

  • Investors can’t just sue because they don’t like a product or the product fails (even though this product didn’t fail). Investing in companies is a risk and investors can’t just sue because they lose money, either. Investors lose money every day. They only win if they can prove CDPR broke a law of some sort. I don’t know what polish stock exchange laws are corporate disclosures to investors but I imagine they’d need to find some Faulty or misleading disclosure in their statutory accounts or reports, and/or they’d have to prove that there was some sort of cover up/deliberate misleading of investors by managment or the investor relations team. I suspect that will be highly unlikely to happen.

    The notion of suing because they were misled over the games performance seems tenuous to me. I bet you that every disclosure about performance would have been accompanied by language that said CDPR don’t offer any assurances over the performance of the final product. Same way that pharmaceutical companies that are publicly traded explicitly don’t offer assurance over the efficacy of drug products. That’s just the investment game – you pick a company based on the info you can get and hope that it does well. And btw CDPR had their best year ever off the back of cyberpunk so it’s unclear where their investors even have a claim of damages!

    • I dunno…. if CDPR had been honest with investors about what their expectations for CP2077’s release, investors might have made different decisions. Like dumping their stocks. They didn’t want that to happen (except for the execs who are rumoured to have dumped their own stock, which is probably worth investigating?), so they quite likely broke the law by pretending they didn’t know there was a problem or overestimating their ability to fix them to the point that they were lying to themselves (and investors).

      As you indicated, they might equivocate, but at investor’s meetings the question couldn’t have been clearer. ‘There’s obviously been problems, delays, is it ready, is it going to be a success or should we worry and dump our stock now?’ And CDPR effectively said, “We are confident we can fix the problems in time and that it will be a success.”

      The thing CDPR is clinging to, right now, and what I assume will probably decide the case, is whether there is any evidence that can prove that their ‘confidence’ was based in reality, or whether all the evidence of shit being fucked would lead any reasonable person to reasonably expect the clusterfuck that actually occurred.

      They might have been genuinely, sincerely, delusional in their confidence, but if there wasn’t compelling evidence to justify it (as test reports and internal memos will probably prove there wasn’t), then I have to believe that’s enough to prove that they’ve misled investors. I’m not sure if it matters that they provided bad advice through malice/manipulation or incompetence.

      • (Also, I dunno if it’s true that the proof of harm is required to compensate for misleading investors. I’m aware harm done adds to compensation, but surely you can’t just get away with bullshit because you gambled and it happened to work out this time?)

      • “We are confident we can fix the problems in time and that it will be a success.”

        I’ve worked for a company that did just this.
        They 100% believed they could deliver. it literally 2+ years later before they even delivered a bare bones base, with only a fraction of the stuff planned for that well and truely missed initial release date.

  • Will be an interesting story to watch. I’m purely speculating here but from my own experience of the private sector, I wouldn’t be surprised if the senior management and board members of CDPR weren’t totally honest with shareholders regarding the state of 2077. The developers were probably begging their bosses to further delay the release

  • No one will win anything from this, Other than the lawyers getting a fat payday.

    We as consumers wont benefit from this at all.

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