Bugs and glitches and crashes, oh my! In lieu of Cyberpunk 2077 releasing in a messy state, we look back, and round up other notoriously rough video game launches.
Every once in a while a game comes out that happens to launch in pretty rough shape. Quite often, the game is updated over time and eventually reaches a much more playable state. But those who first picked up the game at launch can be left feeling like they paid full price for a game still in early access.
Kurt Indoniva details 11 such games. A few were so bad, their legacy continues to live on–we’re talking games like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Fallout 76, titles that are often used as a comparison point for when new games have rough launches.
Others, such as No Man’s Sky and Star Wars: Battlefront II, have managed to somewhat overcome the memory of what they once were, with their respective studios patching them in experiences that are largely viewed with a positive lens now. And then there are very recent releases, like Anthem and Cyberpunk 2077, which haven’t had the chance to showcase whether they’ll be successful after their disastrous launches.
As you may have noticed, most of the games in this list are fairly recent. 2012’s Diablo III is the oldest of the bunch. This isn’t our way of saying that games only have bad launches now and they all released in perfect condition back in the day–far from that. But the most prominent launch disasters have all occurred within the last decade.