Publishers CD Projekt - parents of the development team behind The Witcher series and Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red - is reportedly reconsidering its plans for the standalone multiplayer version of the latter game, which launched in late 2020 with only single-player options.
Several games media outlets, including PC Gamer, are quoting CD Projekt's joint-CEO Adam Kiciński's comments made in a company strategy video, where he says that Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer offering is now not the Polish studio's priority. As Rock Paper Shotgun quotes, Kiciński tells viewers: "Previously we hinted that our next triple-A would be a multiplayer Cyberpunk game, but we have decided to reconsider this plan."
Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer side was originally intended as an expansion to the already-released game, before switching to a separate production of its own, which presumably players would not need a copy of the original game to enjoy. But CDPR's new strategy appears to be one of unifying an approach across all its games.
Says Kiciński: "Given our new, more systematic and agile approach, instead of primarily focusing on one big online experience or game, we are focusing on bringing online into all of our franchises one day. We are building an online technology that can be seamlessly integrated into development of our future games."
Which sounds a lot like online Witcher-ing being a thing, in the future, doesn't it? What's not mentioned in the video is anything about the next Witcher game (and no, we don't mean the mobile one) - but CDPR won't be moving to a commitment to online games, above all else. Kiciński does say that "single-player, story-driven, AAA role-playing games" is very much the focus, moving forward. "We don't have to go overboard, or lose our single-player DNA," he adds. Here's hoping not.
You can watch the full CD Projekt Group company strategy video below.
In related Cyberpunk 2077 news, a new 1.2 patch update has introduced hundreds of changes, and the titles of anticipated DLC additions have leaked, suggesting that Night City is about to get a little bigger. I actually gave up on Cyberpunk 2077 when its PlayStation version performed so poorly on PS4, but knowing what CDPR is capable of, I'm excited about revisiting the game in 2021, once more of these improvements have been implemented.
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