Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED recently announced its highly anticipated open-world game would be pushed back from its latest release date, citing additional time needed for extra polish. Although delays are common, the announcement was met with scrutiny among those critical of crunch culture in the video game industry.

Renee Gittens, executive director of the Independent Game Developer Association (IGDA) spoke to following the delay announcement. Gittens commented on the role of management when communicating delays with a development team, advising studio managers on the importance of transparency when messaging new release timelines.

“Candor is an important component of leadership…Lack of trust and communication slowly chips away at the motivation and morale of any team. A manager’s job is to create a fertile environment for creativity and productivity, and to protect against issues that would undermine it.”

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