Play Life, Live Games column: Be nice to people, even after receiving bad news
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You would think this far into 2020 that most people would be used to bad news.
“Cyberpunk 2077,” one of the most anticipated games in recent years, was delayed earlier this week from its Nov. 19 release date to Dec. 10. The title is the first game from developer CD Projekt Red since the massively popular “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.”
This was the fourth time the game had been delayed.
The game originally was scheduled to come out April 16 of this year. At the beginning of the year, “Cyberpunk 2077” was then delayed to Sept. 17. Then during the summer it was delayed again to Nov. 19.
The reason given for this most recent delay sounded extremely valid to me. When “The Witcher III” came out five years ago, the game launched on three platforms, PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. “Cyberpunk 2077” is launching on nine platforms: PC, PS4, PS4 Pro, PS5, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Google Stadia. While most of the development is done, the team needed three extra weeks to get the game optimized for nine different releases.
Some people didn’t think the delay was reasonable.
People were so upset with this most recent delay that thousands of them complained on social media. Some even went as far as canceling their pre-orders of the game. The worst, however, was that the developers received so many death threats that they had to respond to them.
“I want to address one thing in regards of the @CyberpunkGame delay,” senior game designer Andrzej Zawadzki wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “I understand you’re feeling angry, disappointed and want to voice your opinion about it. However, sending death threats to the developers is absolutely unacceptable and just wrong. We are people, just like you.”
I understand people being upset when something they’re looking forward to gets delayed. Aspyr Media announced it was delaying the re-release of “Star Wars: Racer” the day before it was supposed to come out earlier this year. It was disappointing, but you have to be mature about these things.
Things we’re looking forward to, be it a game, a movie, a TV show or a book, usually take a long time to make, and if 2020 has taught us anything it’s that the unforeseen happens. There are going to be times when something we are really looking forward to gets delayed. When that happens, try to remember that the thing you are looking forward to is the result of hard work from real people. Be nice to them. More than likely, they are just as disappointed by the delay as you are.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached ata email@example.com.