PC Gamer Testing studio Quantic Lab is still to blame

PC Gamer: Testing studio Quantic Lab is still to blame for Cyberpunk 2077’s poor state at release

This summer, information surfaced on the Internet that part of the blame for the unsuccessful release of Cyberpunk 2077 lies with testing studio Quantic Lab, which misled CD Projekt RED about the true state of work on the project. Edition PC Gamer conducted its own investigation that confirmed this information.

    Image source: CD Projekt RED

Image source: CD Projekt RED

PC Gamer interviewed several Quantic Lab employees, including former ones. According to their comments, the studio really lied to clients about the number of testers. Quantic Lab leaders assigned one person multiple positions and actually forced them to work for four at a time. At the same time, they informed the partner companies that the team of testers was large.

However, the testing of Cyberpunk 2077 really seems to have taken place with the participation of a large number of people. It was so attractive to employees that they left other projects (resulting in staff shortages) and even came from other departments to test the game. But in a Quantic Lab, CD Projekt RED still lied – not all employees had the declared experience. According to a tester who worked on Cyberpunk 2077 in a QA studio, out of 30 people, only 10 had testing experience, and out of those 10, none had more than a year of experience.

CD Projekt RED complained several times about Quantic Lab’s work, and Quantic Lab responded with completed minor bug reports to meet daily quotas. This distracted testers working on higher priority bugs, including those related to the main story missions, causing the game to fail to complete.

CD Projekt RED does not currently work with Quantic Lab. The contract was not renewed in 2021, although it initially included the option to continue working on Cyberpunk 2077 updates and expansions.

One of Quantic Lab’s former employees said he wouldn’t blame the QA studio for the state of Cyberpunk 2077, since the decision to release the game in this form still rests with CD Projekt RED. However, he acknowledges that Quantic Lab contributed to the project’s unsatisfactory state upon release.

Cyberpunk 2077 was released on December 10th, 2020 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And on February 15, 2022, a game update became available for Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5.

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