July 21 (Reuters) – CD Projekt’s (CDR.WA) cell recreation “The Witcher: Monster Slayer” is experiencing technical issues throughout its launch day on Wednesday, in one other glitch for the Polish firm hit by the troubled launch of its flagship “Cyberpunk 2077” recreation final 12 months.
“Attributable to technical issues and the continuing means of fixing them, the sport is at the moment in service mode,” CD Projekt advised Reuters in a written remark.
The Pokemon-style recreation relies on the Witcher medieval fantasy collection, the place gamers hunt foul creatures in expertise story-driven quests. It was developed by CD Projekt’s studio Spokko and marks the group’s debut in augmented-reality expertise.
The free-to-play recreation has had to this point over 50,000 installs on Google Play retailer and has a 3.6 rating out of 5 based mostly on 1,980 opinions.
Within the opinions part of the shop’s itemizing for the sport, customers have been mentioning issues with connection difficulties.
“The Spokko group is working to revive entry to the sport as quickly as potential,” CD Projekt mentioned.
With Monster Slayer, CD Projekt is stepping up its efforts within the cell video games market, which is the fastest-growing section in gaming, boosted by demand in the course of the pandemic when many different types of leisure have been shut down.
International shopper spending on cell video games rose 17.9% to $44.7 billion within the first half of 2021, in accordance with analytics agency Sensor Tower.
CD Projekt is generally recognized for its high-budget productions and has to this point solely dipped its toes into cell video games. read more
Whereas analysts have mentioned that the monetary potential of Monster Slayer stays unsure, it could possibly be supportive to the Witcher and Cyberpunk franchises if it proves a success.
Maciej Kietlinski from Noble Securities, who estimated the sport’s income at a number of dozen million zlotys yearly, mentioned such issues can occur on the day of the discharge and if they’re resolved shortly, they need to not have an effect on the sport in the long term.
“However, within the case of CD Projekt and the Cyberpunk PR mishap, the share value within the shorter time period could also be extremely delicate to any technical issues associated to the launch of the cell recreation.”
CD Projekt shares have been up 2.5%, after rising as a lot as 3.5%.
Reporting by Anna Pruchnicka
Enhancing by Keith Weir and Steve Orlofsky
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