CD Projekt Red is in the news again, but this time it’s not for the shortcomings of Cyberpunk 2077. According to a report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, one of the Lead Game Directors of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, has resigned from the company. In Schreier’s report, the main reason for this sudden departure was due to an internal investigation into Tomaszkiewicz for allegations of workplace bullying. Apparently, the company had been conducting the investigation for months, and they actually came to the conclusion that Tomaszkiewicz was clear of all accusations. Tomaszkiewicz however decided to resign anyway, acknowledging that he had caused an unfortunate working environment.
NEWS: Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, director of The Witcher 3, has left CD Projekt following allegations of workplace bullying, Bloomberg has learned. An investigation found him “not guilty” but he quit and apologized to staff “for all the bad blood I have caused” https://t.co/wienPiDGJy
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 4, 2021
In Schreier’s report, Tomaszkiewicz wrote an email to the staff of CD Projekt Red and revealed that he was going to depart the company, “Nonetheless, a lot of people are feeling fear, stress or discomfort when working with me.” He then apologized “for all the bad blood I have caused.” Bloomberg reached out for further clarification on his resignation, to which Tomaszkiewicz confirmed that he was indeed resigning. CD Projekt Red themselves have yet to make an official comment on the situation.
Tomaszkiewicz was one of three Lead Directors for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with the other two being Mateusz Kanik and Sebastian Stępień. The game went onto be critically acclaimed and is now considered to be one of the greatest games of all time. Tomaszkiewicz was also in charge of the two major expansions, Heart of Stone and Blood and Wine, and also had a supporting role in the first two titles of the franchise. In addition, he was also the producer of Cyberpunk 2077, which released in December 2020.
This is unfortunately the latest in a series of turbulent reports that have been coming out of CD Projekt Red in recent months. As we already mentioned, most of these issues are from the arduous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, something that has most likely irreversibly damaged the company’s reputation. The game was deemed unplayable by Sony’s standards and had it removed from their PlayStation Store just a mere seven days after it launched. On top of that, the company is also facing a massive class-action lawsuit from some of their investors for misleading information in regards to the state of the game leading up to its release.