Valve head honcho, his excellency Gabe Newell, has shared his thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077, claiming some of its elements are "brilliant" and that it made many a PC gamer happy.
Speaking to New Zealand's TV news portal, GabeN said he's got a lot of sympathy for CD Projekt Red's current predicament. After all, almost every developer finds themselves in similar trouble eventually, which is when they'll wish they held their tongues before.
"All I know is that there are a lot of very happy gamers in the PC space, which are the ones that are most visible to us", Newell said. "There are aspects of the game that are just brilliant, and it shows a tremendous amount of work — it's unfair to throw stones at any other developer, because just getting something as complex and ambitious as that out the door is pretty amazing."
It is actually painfully ironic how the most vitriolic and aggressive criticism never comes from industry veterans or seasoned pros in their fields. Why? Well, it's emotionally crippling, physically exhausting and once you've lived through it - you never, ever wish it on anyone.
GabeN and Co are no strangers to angry mobs, as they've had their share of them. His perspective is quite refreshing, though, and we have a feeling CDPR may even like it.
"When people have those kinds of reactions, my first thought is that this is an opportunity for us, and I assume that the Cyberpunk 2077 developers are similarly just using it to crank through an make improvements that are going to be beneficial to their customers", he said.
Cyberpunk 2077 certainly wouldn't be the first game where a team turned an actually disastrous launch around, many of which are now revered as masterpieces.
Heck, it wouldn't even be the first from CDPR's repertoire, and while the notion of angry mobs calling The Witcher 3 as a disaster isn't a pleasant one, it's exactly what happened with disgruntled and bonafide deceived PC players at the time.
Are you saying you don't remember? Of course, you don't - and in time, Cyberpunk 2077 will get there too.
You can find GabeN's interview here .