Everyone has been throwing a bit of light-hearted shade towards CD Projekt Red after it was revealed that, again, there is going to be a delay; this time to the tune of an additional 21 days as the title now arrives on December 10.
It’s a massively anticipated game, already drawing comparisons to the fantastic world-building that was within The Witcher series that blew The Elder Scrolls franchise out of the water, with large thanks due to the brilliant mind and astounding deep lore coming from Andrzej Sapkowski being further fleshed out by CD Projekt Red.
So throwing that insane level of lore and world-building into a cyberpunk world where humanity has been backed into a corner by technology, with references towards the upcoming franchise seen within The Witcher 3 from Ciri, and the entire gaming world is pretty much on edge to play what could well be the next greatest franchise that we all can get our grubby paws on.
This means that other developers, esport organizations, and literally everyone with a hat in the gaming industry ring as it currently stands is taking notice of every fart that is emitted from CD Projekt Red at the moment. While some have been taken pleasantly with a good bit of tongue-in-cheek, Overkill Software has experienced a bit of a different reaction.
The developers behind Payday 2 haven’t had the best time throughout the shelflife of the heist game; they promised no microtransactions, then added them in. They promised long-lasting support, and promptly forgot about consoles leaving the users twisting in the wind.
It’s a bit baffling when you simply eye the microtransactions: the current cost of Payday 2 additional content on Steam is a whopping $115.24; granted, that includes soundtracks and cosmetics, but figuring out which is necessary is a bit more confusing than it ought to be.
Combine this with relatively low payouts (a la Grand Theft Auto Online) and there are more than a few users that are relatively unpleased with how Payday 2 turned out, even if the title still holds an 87% positive recommendation from roughly 284,000 people.
Overkill looked at making light of the announcements coming from CD Projekt Red yesterday, and was seemingly slapped down almost immediately from users that are frustrated with their experience: it appears that the majority of the users are coming from console users that were, for all intents and purposes, abandoned after purchasing the title.
Funny, mocking a development team that doesn't rush games, and actually delivers quality content. Remind me again how you handled the 'Payday 2' console experience….
— Joshua Tasker 🇨🇦🎶 (@Joshua_Tasker47) October 27, 2020
Imagine being a professional developer and acting this unprofessionally and disrespectfully.
Such class and maturity.
— DaftBoo (@DaftPool616) October 27, 2020
You mean a developer is actually taking its time to release a well polished game? And you think it's a good idea to mock them for it? Remember the mess that Payday 2 was when it first came out? What about the console version that was abandoned? Overkills the walking dead? BIG OOF
— Hunter Skill (@SynthHunter) October 28, 2020
In all honesty, there isn’t much bite to the accusations aside from frustrated fans that feel abandoned by Overkill; multiple developers are poking a bit of fun while clearly sympathizing with the developers, and this isn’t much different.
There is, however, an important aspect within this that both the industry and fans alike should readily comprehend: people readily hold a grudge when they feel left to the wayside as developers consistently cash in on promises reneged.