According to the official Facebook page of developer CD Projekt RED, Cyberpunk 2077 will not be exclusive to GOG store. GOG is a popular online store run by the makers of The Witcher series and Cyberpunk 2077. It wouldn’t have been a surprising business move to make the game exclusive to GOG, however, that isn’t the case.
CD Projekt RED doesn’t want exclusivity to any online retailers. Previously, the developer confirmed that the game will not be exclusive to Epic Games Store. CD Projekt RED made the statement after rumors of the sci-fi RPG signing an exclusive deal with Epic surfaced. While Cyberpunk 2077 release date isn’t yet confirmed, the game will release on Steam, GOG, and possibly Epic Games Store as well.
Many major publishers have made deals with Epic Games Store for a large sum upfront to release their games exclusively on the store. Metro Exodus dropped its Steam release in favor a deal with Epic Games. The Division 2 did the same but Ubisoft is releasing the title on its own store, uPlay as well.
The decision to not release Cyberpunk 2077 on GOG is purely on consumer interest. But the sad news is that GOG is currently in financial trouble and recently laid off a number of employees. According to a recent report from Kotaku, a dozen staff was laid off by GOG after financial troubles.
We were told it’s a financial decision. GOG’s revenue couldn’t keep up with growth, the fact that we’re dangerously close to being in the red has come up in the past few months, and the market’s move towards higher [developer] revenue shares has, or will, affect the bottom line as well. I mean, it’s just an odd situation, like things got really desperate really fast. I know that February was a really bad month, but January on the other hand was excellent. We were in the middle of a general restructuring, moving some teams around, not unprecedented. But layoffs that big have never happened before
The news comes right after 800 employees were sacked by Blizzard even though the company made a major profit.