After all the storms, the Reddit section of “Cyberpunk 2077” finally found its balance.
“Cyberpunk 2077” has gone through a too long hype cycle. After nowhere else to vote, controversy, short films and pre-evaluation, it finally went live in early December. It feels as if the game’s culture is destined to add a little The hustle and bustle of collective fanaticism. All this energy is finally exhausted at a white-hot moment.
Few studios can have a dual background like CDPR; they are both a leader in independent games and a 3A gold-fishing giant. When this company announced in 2012 that it would temporarily put down “The Witcher” and enter Mike Pound Smith’s glamorous and high-tech appearance In the low-life “cyberpunk” universe, the hype seems to have reached a dangerous tipping point. Naturally, at the end of 2020, “Cyberpunk 2077” has taught the entire game industry a valuable lesson; if your product does not achieve satisfactory results under the marketing hype year after year, players will eventually teach you how to be a human being . Take this game as an example, the most obvious manifestation is its Reddit section.
You already know the story. “Cyberpunk 2077” was released amidst the applause of the PC version evaluation. In the end, many reviewers pointed out a series of bugs and lag problems. What’s bad is that the reviewers were later confirmed. Did not receive an activation code for PS4 or Xbox One. Considering that “Cyberpunk 2077” is still not stable enough on high-performance PCs, this seems to be an unknown omen. The performance of ordinary consoles is significantly lower than that of contemporary desktops. How can they support the dazzling skyline of Night City?
Facts have proved that the results are indeed not good. When the bell rang at zero o’clock on December 10, 2020, a large number of criminal evidence about the reduction of the “Cyberpunk 2077” console version and technical defects gradually emerged on Twitter. AI is unstable, capricious and easily broken; cars fall from the sky. Some players say they are lucky to be able to run 720p on expensive LCD screens, and usually the frame rate drops to around 20fps.
Twitter fry, but the accusations in the Reddit section are the cruelest. What used to be a brainless fan of “Cyberpunk 2077” has now exploded into a severe condemnation of the developers’ escalation. One of the users wrote: “This game is a semi-finished product, a complete disaster!” The post received 34,000 likes. There is a reply with more than 33,000 likes below: “I can’t believe I would say this, but this game really needs another year of development.”
The direction of the forum has changed faster than the Sichuan Opera. Cellymdewiit, the user who posted the above-mentioned “semi-finished disaster” discussion post, told me that before the game went live, the trend of the community on Reddit was mostly licking the wonderful map of the night city, or their favorite Johnny Silverhand stalk. No one foresaw the upcoming reversal.
“I guess people are very excited and trust CDPR very much.” Chellymdewitt said, “I know that the player community is sometimes over-excited, forming a strange atmosphere of the meal circle, so I will try to control my expectations, but still Looking forward to a good work.” When Cellymdewitt saw how bad “Cyberpunk 2077” was on a normal console, he immediately deleted the game from the hard drive. Next year, when more bugs are fixed, he may give this game another chance.
This incident is not surprising. There have been countless games in history that have experienced similar fate. Think of “No Man’s Sky” or “Fallout 76”, or the real old-timer “Broad Sword.” But this crash is more worrying than ever. If family members who don’t follow game news also bring this up to you, it means that it has already appeared in mainstream news, and the impact of the hype behavior of “Cyberpunk 2077” has far exceeded the scope of the game industry itself.
Since the most chaotic period, the situation has calmed down a bit, and the spotlight has shifted from the farce of “Cyberpunk 2077” to the more pressing concern of the world, but I would like to reconnect with all the parties who experienced that incident. . So, I contacted the administrators of the Reddit section of “Cyberpunk 2077”. These people are responsible for maintaining a civilized communication environment, even though the entire community was on the verge of riots.
I chatted with a user named Dani, and he forwarded my question to other members of the management team, and then combined everyone’s answers to provide their overall experience. According to them, in the weeks before the launch of “Cyberpunk 2077”, the management team added five new members, and the total number of followers in the forum section increased from 500,000 to 800,000. All of them think that after the game is released, the biggest problem they have to face is to deal with the bad guys who are rushing to release spoilers to ruin the game experience of others.
“We expected that many malicious users would deliberately post spoiler posts, but a few weeks after the game was released, we realized that this was the least worrying issue at the time.” Dani said, adding: “We expect a forest The fire was hit by a meteorite.”
Dani said that initially following the release of reviews on the Internet, it was clear that “Cyberpunk 2077” could not run smoothly due to some typical “Skyrim” open world problems. Some users placed their confidence on the first day patch (a kind of A typical game development fraud, aimed at fixing some legacy bugs that some studios could not solve before entering the factory and pressing). In fact, the community as a whole is still optimistic about the final performance of CDPR.
“When CDPR banned the release of game videos, we all thought it was to prevent spoilers. We strictly enforced this rule, classifying all non-CDPR videos as leaks and remove these contents.” Dani added. Of course, after the game went live, things were all messed up.
“Negative news completely overwhelmed other discussions, and those who said good things were not taken care of. At this time, we need to make a decision: if we control negative comments, we will be regarded as “donkey filial piety”, but if we let it go, It’s just letting the forum section become a hateful “dunghole”.” They told me, “The team’s repeated decision is to choose the latter, as long as the post is not low-quality content like “I hate this game, CDPR is really bad”. Reservation. We want to ensure that all criticisms are constructive and we exclude all harassing messages.”
When the team now thinks back to those crazy weeks, their memories will drift to the series of topics and controversies that dominate the forum. The scope of complaints has evolved from the initial specific “character wearing a hat and becoming bald” to near-existentialism. Some people doubt the honesty of CDPR and lament the wait for this game for many players for nearly a decade in vain.
“For me, 8 years of hype disappeared within two days.” A user posted immediately after the game was released, “Because I have been paying attention to things like trailers, my girlfriend also bought The game was sent to me. But now I feel really sad, I just can’t enjoy this game like I thought. It should be a highlight, and I’m sure I will come back again after they make more updates Played. But the first impression is very important. I am really disappointed with CDPR now.”
In fact, some players still suffer from various bugs of “Cyberpunk 2077” and really enjoy the fun of the game, but they are eventually consumed by the continuous negative atmosphere. A group of players in this group created a new section, LowSodiumCyberpunk, described as “a more relaxed and interesting “Cyberpunk 2077″ community,” which is the opposite of the main board that is flooded with negative information.
“The overwhelming black mud makes me unable to stay.” User Beethy said that he is one of the “refugees”. “People attacked developers unscrupulously and things started to become very ugly.” Beethy mentioned that he was playing the PC version. , And only encountered very few bugs during the game, and pointed out that the PS3 version of “Red Dead Redemption” and “Grand Theft Auto 4” also had bugs and frame number issues when they were released, “Cyberpunk 2077” There is a precedent for poor performance on ordinary hosts. “But the Internet has no memory.” Beethy said.
Since then, the anxiety in the main Reddit section of “Cyberpunk 2077” has continued to ferment. CDPR still has many questions to answer, such as the lack of transparency in the distribution of test codes. However, as time progresses, more and more people are beginning to realize that under the feathers of this place, “Cyberpunk 2077” can actually be A fascinating game. In fact, Dani told me that most of the content they see in the forum right now is fans blowing up Panan and Judy. When you see large-scale supporters, you should know that fandom has developed and has a firm foothold.
Nevertheless, it is not difficult to imagine similar farce in the future. The problem has not disappeared. The industry still depends on hype to maintain its vitality, and the development cycle will only continue to expand to an increasingly risky time frame (it took us 7 years to wait for The Last of Us 2). At the same time, The next mature and complete “The Elder Scrolls” work may have to wait more than ten years).
I hope that in the near future, the management of game studios will no longer be afraid of admitting mistakes to players. The essence of video games is actually the creation of mortals. It doesn’t matter how good the film on the E3 show is. Hundreds of unstable animations and stupid bugs lurks under the curtain.
Since “Grand Theft Auto 3”, no matter what confidence the dazzling marketing cycle brings you, every open world game has basically been like this. The performance of “Cyberpunk 2077” after its release may have been poor, but for those players who have waited for 8 years, this is not unexpected.
Author: Luke Winkie