With Star Wars Battlefront II’s highly publicized loot crate debacle and the CEO of CD Projekt stating that the company’s upcoming sci-fi RPG would contain online elements, some players wanted a little reassurance that Cyberpunk 2077 wouldn’t turn into a ‘Games as a Service’ title that would nickel-and-dime people every step of the way. You needn’t worry, according to CD Projekt RED, as the studio took a hard stance against the controversial practices on Twitter, going as far as saying they’ll “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
CD Projekt RED certainly doesn’t mince words, but the studio’s sincerity has always been what gamers loved about it. When The Witcher 3 released, the studio gave away 16 free DLCs no matter what platform you played on, and every copy of the game included a thank you note to the players.
Cyberpunk 2077 still doesn’t have a firm release date, or even a release window, but we can look forward to its eventual launch without wondering if it will be littered with microtransactions. As CD Projekt RED stated, expect an experience just like The Witcher 3. “No bullshit, no hidden catch, you get what you pay for.”
If studios want to learn how to avoid backlash, they should take a page from CD Projekt RED’s book.