Another report on Quantic Lab suggests things are worse than previously claimed.
In June, a report by Upper Echelon Gamers alleged that Romania-based QA contractor Quantic Lab lied to CD Projekt Red about the qualifications and experience of QA testers it provided for Cyberpunk. 2077. The report also claimed that Quantic Lab told its employees to report a set number of bugs daily, meaning the developer could have missed major issues while addressing minor ones. At the time, Quantic Lab CEO Stefan Seicarescu didn’t really deny the allegations, but a new report suggests things are actually worse.
The new report, published by Gamer on PC, contains testimony from eight former and two current Quantic Lab employees who alleged that management lied to numerous customers about the size of the company and the qualifications and experience of its employees. Quantic Lab was working well beyond its means and constantly taking on additional projects despite very few hands.
It’s pretty well known that Cyberpunk 2077 had one of the most disastrous launches in the industry – filled with gameplay glitches, performance issues, and so many bugs that refunds were eventually offered, and it even been removed from the PlayStation Store. The report claims that Quantic Lab was simultaneously working on NBA 2K21, which resulted in reduced resources and employees.
“A team of 30 people [initially assigned to Cyberpunk 2077]I think only 10 of them had QA experience,” a source who worked on Cyberpunk for Quantic told PC Gamer. They also said that “none of the ‘experienced’ testers was over a year old.
The report goes on to state that management specifically instructed employees not to discuss their overall experience when talking to CD Projekt employees. The developer reportedly contacted Quantic Lab several times about poor performance by the QA team.
These allegations were further compounded by the sources’ claims of low pay, crisis and low morale. Reportedly, those who spent one to three years with the company were quickly promoted to “master testers” and were also forced to lie to current and potential customers about the size of Quantic Lab and the experience of employees.
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