Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have Multiplayer but It Won’t Be Available at Launch
CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is by far the most anticipated game of 2020. And with good reason. The Polish developers have already proven their mettle with The Witcher series so there’s plenty of confidence that the company will deliver another great product next year. We already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the upcoming title thanks to the new footage showcased at E3 and Gamescom this year. However, we’re still learning new and exciting things about the game pretty much on a weekly basis.
Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer Mode Confirmed
One of the latest bits of important information came on Wednesday when CDPR talked about Cyberpunk’s multiplayer mode. The developers already hinted at the mode in the past but didn’t want to give out too many details. That’s still the case for the most part but at least now we know that the devs are actively working on integrating the mode.
CD Projekt Red made the big announcement on Twitter where it clarified a few things about the multiplayer. First off, the company confirmed that the mode will not be available at launch. Cyberpunk 2077 is primarily a single-player game so the solo experience remains the main focus. The current plan is to launch the single-player campaign and then follow it up with free DLC and paid expansions. So pretty much exactly what we’ve seen CDPR do with The Witcher 3.
The multiplayer mode is set to launch only after all of the single-player content has been released. There’s no actual release date for the mode just yet but it’s likely we won’t see it until at least 2021. The company also announced that it is currently hiring new developers to work exclusively on the multiplayer component. The fact that CDPR is hiring new staff to work on the mode instead of pulling away resources from the main game is good news and indicates that the campaign will not be affected by the addition of the multiplayer.
Primarily a First-Person Game
In related news, CD Projekt Red announced earlier this week that Cyberpunk 2077 will be almost entirely an FPS game. The team stated that this decision was made in order to provide players with a full sense of immersion. CDPR isn’t completely removing the third-person portions of the game by they will be few and far between.
The decision to go primarily with first-person was met with disappointment by quite a few people. A lot of the Cyberpunk 2077 promotional videos and trailers focused heavily on cut scenes. Which, of course, we’re mainly presented in third-person. The cut scenes we’ve seen so far, including the one showcased at E3 2019 will still be present in the game. However, it sounds like there won’t be many others like it.
According to CDPR’s Marcin Momot,
players will still be able to see their characters in the inventory screen, during driving sequences, in mirrors and, very occasionally, in some of the cut-scenes.
Momot also added that this change will benefit the game greatly from a story-telling perspective. Even so, a lot of fans are still not convinced of judging by Momot’s Twitter feed. I guess we’ll just how to wait and see how this decision eventually pans out.