Fans have been eagerly awaiting Cyberpunk 2077’s eventual release with the hopes that CD Projekt RED can once again pull off a role-playing masterpiece like the studio did with The Witcher 3. While details are scarce, CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski revealed in an interview with Polish investment site Strefa Inwestorow that the game will feature online elements in order to achieve long-term success.
When asked about the possibility of multiplayer in the game Kicinski replied, “Online is necessary, or very recommended if you wish to achieve a long-term success. At some point, we have mentioned that there will be a certain online element related to Cyberpunk.” Be sure to turn on English subtitles since the interview is in Polish.
This may make some people wary based on the reception to multiplayer titles riddled with microtransactions and games with shoehorned online components, but Kicinski does not indicate what these ‘online elements’ could be. The Witcher 3 may have been wildly successful without them, but more developers are looking for ways to monetize their games over a longer period of time. If CD Projekt RED can implement certain online features without them seeming obtrusive or hindering the experience, it could be a win-win for everyone.
Cyberpunk 2077 likely won’t be turning into a dreaded “Games as a Service” title anytime soon. From what CD Projekt RED has revealed, it should focus on a single-player campaign set in an open world Metropolis. It doesn’t have a release date just yet, so there’s a possibility it could even launch on Microsoft’s next console, whatever that may be.
Via PC Gamer