Cyberpunk 2077 developers are having a rough time.

Crunching sucks, through and through, no matter what industry you’re working in or how high your position might be. No one likes it, and no one enjoys it even if you’re getting paid handsomely for it. And in this era, it’s an all too common of a thing that all of us have experienced.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term Crunching, it refers to when the schedule of a project can longer meet the deadline and so employees will have to put in additional work hours to complete it. In this case, it’s about meeting CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 release date that’s due in November.

Six-day work week for the Cyberpunk 2077 Team.

According to a report by Bloomberg, an email was sent out to the development team of the game by CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski, detailing about the crunch required. 

In the email, it stated that employees had to work the usual five days, along with an additional paid day during the weekend. The reasoning behind the crunch itself is that the game requires polishing by fixing its existing bugs and glitches before release. And the fact that these requirements are mandatory; makes it a lot more unsettling.

This news, however, doesn’t come as a surprise to some though. The company is known to dabble quite a bit in the crunching game, especially during the development of The Witcher 3. And now the Cyberpunk 2077 game development process is following in the same footsteps.

Badowski also goes out of his way in the email to clarify to the team that there were no other possible avenues left to explore to deal with the situation. And that he was ready to receive the backslash that would undoubtedly follow with this decision.

This situation is not an easy one for anyone; be it an employee or employer. Realistically speaking, no matter how hard we try to maintain a decent work-life balance, in the end, it’s just not possible. Especially given how demanding the world has become over the years, or maybe it has always been that way for every generation of people.

Ibrahim's a hardcore gamer and Star Wars fan. He's obsessed with Obi-Wan Kenobi, even claiming that he's a descendant of the fictional Jedi Master. Other than that delusion, Ibrahim's pretty down to earth, collecting figures and buying games he'll never finish.