CD Projekt RED Clarifies Games As a Service Approach For Cyberpunk 2077.
The Polish game studio tweeted earlier today that its upcoming scifi game would be “nothing less than” The Witcher 3. The statement was aimed at quelling fears Cyberpunk 2077 might include microtransactions after studio CEO Adam Kicinski said “there will be a certain online element related to Cyberpunk” in an interview earlier in the week.
Ever since the controversy around loot boxes reached a fever pitch with Battlefront II, some people have been enthusiastically parsing any and all comments related to CD Projekt Red’s future game. In addition to online features, Kicinski also said in the same interview that “Online is necessary, or very recommended if you wish to achieve a long-term success,” it seemed to suggest the game would be moving beyond the traditional single-player roots of The Witcher series.
Threads started popping up on Reddit discuss what the CEOs comments might mean, afraid of what a games-as-service model might mean for one of the best RPG makers out there. When the YouTube channel Pretty Good Gaming tweeted out a link to its analysis of the topic, CD Projekt Red responded:
“Worry not. When thinking Cyberpunk 2077, think nothing less than The Witcher 3 — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG,” a tweet on CD Projekt RED’s official feed said.
“No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.”
.@PrettyBadTweets Worry not. When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) November 19, 2017
The online elements comments were made in the same interview where Kiciński said CD Projekt RED hasn’t finished with The Witcher and reiterated Cyberpunk 2077 will be a bigger deal than The Witcher 3.
It isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Cyberpunk 2077 will have multiplayer of some kind. CD Projekt RED even secured $7 million in government funding for its open world multiplayer tech, which sounds awesome.
We have absolutely no idea when Cyberpunk 2077 will come out, but CD Projekt made so much cash on The Witcher 3 it can afford to spend plenty of time on its next big thing – especially if it does manage to one up what must be among the bestselling RPGs of all time.