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Cyberpunk 2077: the external QA team responsible for the catastrophic launch?

You already know it, Cyberpunk 2077 was very flawed when it launchedeven after applying the patch day one, the fault of many bugs, especially on older generation consoles (PS4 and Xbox One). Since, CD Project apologized and posted a bunch of updates to fix itbut if all the problems did not come from him?

That’s what it says Upper Echelon Gameswho allegedly received confidential documents from QuanticLaba Romanian studio specializing in quality assurance, or QA. You know, throughout development, teams QA are responsible for playing to find bugs and report them to the studio to fix before launch. Teams sometimes internal to the development studio, sometimes external, like here QuanticLab. And those really wouldn’t have helped CD Project.

According to these documents, QuanticLab allegedly lied about his number of employees in order to win the contract QA on Cyberpunk 2077 and would have subsequently recruited en masse, going from 30 to 60 employees, the old ones having to train the newcomers. Worse still, it was these young recruits who were sent to CD Project in Poland to discuss the quality assurance process. QuanticLab would also have given a goal to his team: find 10 bugs per day and per person. The testers therefore stopped on minor concerns in order to make their figures, not going in depth to unearth the real big problems of the game. CD Project realized this, but too late, the damage was already done.

So is it to blame QuanticLab ? Yes, probably, even if the studio QA used to working with behemoths like Deep Silver, Paradox Interactive, Techland or Ubisoft (bad example…), and it was also bought in November 2020 by Embrace Group. Is it necessary to completely clear customs CD Project Cyberpunk 2077 issues? Nopethe Polish studio saw that its game was difficult to run smoothly, especially on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and launched it with full knowledge of the facts.

After this revelation, QuanticLab defended himself in a press release Addressed to VGChis CEO Stefan Seicarescu asserts that the information given in the video is incorrect, but does not attempt to rectify it, concluding thatthere “seems to be a lack of understanding in the process of testing a game before it hits the market” and that the problems of the game are related to several entities, not only QuanticLab. CD Project, for his part, boasted of a simple “we do not comment on rumours”. You can find Cyberpunk 2077 at €59.99 on GOG.com.

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