Developer CD Projekt Red are releasing Cyberpunk 2077 as a single-player game in 2020 but apparently have not completely ruled out multiplayer.
Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Hasn’t Ruled Out Multiplayer
According to a recent article by Eurogamer, during Gamescom the developer CD Projekt Red told them they are still looking into a multiplayer aspect of their upcoming action-RPG Cyberpunk 2077. While the game is releasing as a single-player, according to senior concept artist Marthe Jonkers, there is a small team looking at multiplayer at the R&D stage:
We are doing R&D into multiplayer but we’re focusing on single-player experience, and that’s what you’ll get in 2020. It doesn’t mean we’re saying no multiplayer, but it doesn’t mean we’re saying yes either. It’s still an R&D phase.
But this isn’t the first mention of multiplayer features, as managing director Adam Badowski talked about online back in 2013. Saying “we’re going to add multiplayer features” but didn’t expand in what capacity.
For the developer, the whole feel of multiplayer has to fit into the game, it’s not something that can be forced, which is great news to hear. While online multiplayer would add a completely new experience to the Cyberpunk world, Jonkers assures if it’s not a fit, it won’t happen:
If you add multiplayer functions it has to be right. Immersion is super important for us and we have to make sure everything fits together. The single-player experience, it all fits together. We’re not just going to slap some [multiplayer] feature in and that’ll be it.
It’s possible if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit. We would never make anything that’s not at least The Witcher standard for Cyberpunk. I don’t know what the future holds but we will make sure everything we make will be high quality.
Things have definitely gotten a lot bigger since their time working on The Witcher, where they started with a team of 200. Jonkers shared the team has expanded, with now around 400 members. There are also differences in the game’s approach, Cyberpunk allows for character customisation, more freedom in the paths you take and multiple endings which requires more people behind it.
The Witcher had Geralt and you stuck with this character, his fighting style, his relationships, his background. With this game we’re adding in this freedom with your character, what kind of relationships you want to engage in, a story which branches out in different directions, and multiple endings. A lot more ambitious, but a lot bigger team.
If you have some burning questions for the dev team, CD Projekt Red will be holding an #AnswerTime this Wednesday 21st August 7PM CEST.
Ever wished you could ask #Cyberpunk2077 devs about their creative processes? How levels are designed? Or how they come up with quests?
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Cyberpunk 2077 will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on April 16th 2020.
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