Sony has pulled Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation store. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has also confirmed it will give players of Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 (or on PS5 via backward compatibility) refunds for purchasing the game. In a statement on the official PlayStation website, SIE said the following: “SIE strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, therefore we will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store. SIE will also be removing Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store until further notice.” Speaking personally from me to you, I don’t know that anything like this has ever happened before. CDPR has issued an official response that you can find here.
Not to pile on or anything, but there is more controversy surrounding CD Projekt Red. This time it is not Cyberpunk 2077 related! CD Projekt Red also owns the digital games storefront GOG. A game called Devotion was set to make its debut on the platform before the decision was suddenly overturned. In an official statement from GOG the reason given was; “After receiving many messages from gamers, we have decided not to list the game in our store.” However as it usually does the gamer community’s BS alarm went off. It is commonly thought that the game was actually delisted due to a part of the game that makes fun of Chinese president Xi Jinping (it compares him to Winnie the Pooh, the internet’s favorite joke). Wesley Yin-Poole at Eurogamer has the full story.
Viewership numbers for The Game Awards are in, and they are huge. The show garnered a whopping 83 million livestreams, marking record viewership for the annual show and a whopping 84% increase from last year’s 45.2 million livestreams. The show hit a peak concurrent of 8.2 million views across all platforms, which is up 83% from last year. Alex Stedman at Variety spoke with Geoff Keighley about the show’s success.