‘Cyberpunk 2077 is a dream game’ says Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai
The director of Smash Bros. has said he’s ‘deeply moved’ by CD Projekt’s attempts to offer refunds and fix the problems of Cyberpunk 2077.
The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 has been a disaster that will have lasting effects on the whole games industry but, for various obvious reasons, it’s not one that developers from other companies are willing to comment on.
No one wants to be seen as hypocritical or attacking a fellow developer, but while Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has spoken out about the incident his comments are not quite what you might imagine.
If there’s one company you’d expect not to release a game full of bugs it’s Nintendo and yet Sakurai clearly has a lot of sympathy for CD Projekt’s position and says that he was ‘deeply moved’ by the offer to give refunds for the game.
‘Dealing with refunds is something that makes even me feel deeply moved. This kind of sincerity was never heard of before’, said Sakurai in an upcoming Famitsu column, according to Siliconera.
‘I support this game from the bottom of my heart for sincerely dealing with [the refunds]’, he said.
Cyberpunk 2077 debuted at number two in the charts in Japan, a strong performance for a Western-made game from a new IP, but fell to number 28 in its second week, with lifetime sales of just 112,408 in the country.
Our experience of speaking with Japanese developers has made it clear that many do not play a lot of Western games and often have little knowledge of even the biggest franchises.
Sakurai has always seemed more cosmopolitan in his tastes though and is clearly very impressed by Cyberpunk 2077, as well as the people that made it.
‘Cyberpunk 2077 is a dream game. I wonder how much planning and production was needed’, he said.
‘Having a multi-platform release for an AAA title is at a level where that’s enough for me to say that it’s wonderful.’
But before anyone gets the idea that maybe Judy or someone is going to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sakurai has always made it clear that Nintendo makes the choices for DLC characters – not him.
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