Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer Spin-Off May Have Microtransactions; PS5, Xbox Scarlett Under Consideration

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CD Projekt Red continues to speak about the unannounced Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer game. As part of an earnings presentation, management confirmed that the game is only in the "relatively early stage" of development and that it will feature some form of microtransactions, though the company isn't ready just yet to confirm specifics.

"We believe right now it is definitely too early to share any details on that or give guidance [as] the project is in the relatively early stage," management said about the Cyberpunk multiplayer game's microtransactions.

The company added that it is continually experimenting with the Cyberpunk multiplayer game, which is in fact the first multiplayer game made by CD Projekt Red. For the business model specifically, the analyst who asked about it suggested it would be a free-to-play title supported by microtransactions. However, management wasn't ready to say one way or the other.

That being said, CD Projekt Red wants to make sure it continues to be a consumer-friendly company as it relates to delivering content that feels valuable to players. The Polish studio is known for being relatively generous with its post-release content releases. For The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the studio offered up more than a dozen pieces of free DLC.

"We keep experimenting. It's our first multiplayer game. We check different options and possibilities, and it's definitely not the time to point you to a specific direction on that. But you can expect that we won't change our general policy toward deals with gamers. So expect wise monetization and always value for money," the company said.

Also in the presentation, CD Projekt Red said the Cyberpunk multiplayer game is a "smaller project" with "smaller staffing" compared to the main team working on the Cyberpunk 2077 single-player game.

Cyberpunk 2077, which features Keanu Reeves in a big role, is set to launch in April 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The multiplayer title would presumably follow thereafter, though no official announcements have been made at this stage.

Another hot-button topic touched on in the presentation was next-generation consoles. Management was asked if the company plans to support the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett (now officially named Xbox Series X), in the wake of rumours that Cyberpunk 2077 will come to these systems.

"Of course we do have insight into what's around the corner; what's happening with PlayStation and Xbox. We're watching it closely," CD Projekt Red said. "And one may safely assume that at some point we're going to do something with the next-gen [consoles]. However, we cannot really be very specific; what that might be, when exactly that might be. I would only safely assume that it's not going to be around the launch timeframe of those consoles."

The company went on to say that CD Projekt Red is known for making games that play best on high-end PCs. And in that regard, the company is technically more prepared for the upcoming release of the PS5 and Scarlett, which have improved specs.

In October, a CD Projekt Red developer said the studio might consider releasing Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5 and Xbox Scarlett, but those consoles aren't a focus currently. Another developer, John Mamais, spoke about how excited he is about the prospect of new consoles.

"It's going to be awesome. It's always cool to have new consoles coming out and I can't wait to work on those things," Mamais said. "We'll see what we can do with those. It's fun watching games evolve; they're looking more and more realistic, which is--I like working on games like that. The more powerful the technology, or the consoles, the more it is [good] for me as a game developer."

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If it's free to play then it's entirely reasonable. CD Projekt Red aren't exactly in a "safe" financial situation if one of their games bombs although unlikely they'd go bankrupt. A free to play multiplayer title I see as a safety net in terms of building up some funds.

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I think the title and sub-title for this article as listed on the main Gamespot page are misleading.

"Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer Spin-Off May Have Microtransactions" and "CD Projekt Red says players can expect 'wise' and fair microtransactions."

This feels like clickbait, meant to stir controversy and get people get worked up about microtransactions, especially since it leaves out a rather key 'if' that Mr. Nowakowski used. As in, 'IF' CD Projekt Red chooses to go the route of a microtransaction-included monetization method, then they can expect wise and fair transactions. Leading with a title of 'Cyberpunk may have microtransactions' is also misleading as it suggests that there was actually some kind of news regarding this. In actuality, the CD Projekt VP was simply answering a question and was basically saying they don't know how the multiplayer will be monetized yet; it's too early. Then he added, in direct response to the question, that IF they use microtransactions, like always, they will keep their core monetization philosophies at heart.

Nobody likes microtransactions, and if the company actually decided to implement them, then I would also be a bit concerned. But this feels like non-news to me and I'm sure there are readers that are now going to get upset and boycott the game or something as a result of the coverage. Just saying.

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@howlingfantod: came to post this same thing. After reading up in this and listening to the recording, They basically said: it’s too early to even speculate what monetization will look like but we can assure you it will be consistent with past products re: the value to gamers. If we were to speculate, this weighs heavier to me: They’ve done more than just put out some consumer friendly games, they have built their whole business model and company rep on it. They’d be crazy to sacrifice all that investment and good will.

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CDP, after years of preaching falling in line with all the others, no surprise.

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@uninspiredcup: CDPR was asked a question about microtransactions. Calm down there sourpuss.

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@uninspiredcup: don’t fall for the hype, there is zero evidence they are deviating from their last products re: monetization and high value to gamers. They just said it’s too early to speculate. These folks have always been conservative about what they talk about and keeping all options on table to deliver best experience for gamers. But there business model is built on working their asses off and delivering so much value for a gamer’s money that gamers are beyond thrilled with the value. Sure, that could conceivable change at some point, but I doubt they’d throw all that investment away lightly.

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@uninspiredcup: They didn't actually announce microtransactions. The CD Projekt VP was basically just saying they don't know how they're going to monetize the multiplayer yet, but that 'IF' they were to use microtransactions, they'd keep their core philosophies regarding monetization at heart. Don't let the title of the article fool you; there's nothing to get worked up about here. Yet, anyway. If they actually announce microtransactions, okay, I'm with you. Troubling. But for now, I think CD Projekt has earned the benefit of the doubt.

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Oh CDPR, not you too...

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@Firosen: read the article

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This is not CDPR's first multiplayer game, they made and are still supporting the standalone Gwent spin-off.

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@patsfan365: Touche. Which has microtransactions, since it's free-to-play. It feels like people want to get worked up, though, eh?

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@howlingfantod: I'm pretty sure the vast majority of the outrage on the internet exists because folks want it to.

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This is false.

They said that when asked about monetization AKA any instance where money is charged for a product. Buying a game for $60 is monetization. Buying a paid expansion is monetization. Monetization does not definitively mean microtransactions. Yes microtransactions are a form of monetization but monetization does not mean there will be microtransactions. It just means that the multiplayer will cost money in some manner so maybe wait until actual information is revealed before making claims to try and stir up clicks.

edit: For added source here is the clip from the conference call, the bit is around the 27 minute mark.

https://www.cdprojekt.com/en/wp-content/uploads-en/2019/11/teleconference-q3-2019-financial-results.mp3

Again at no point do they say there will be microtransactions. Simply that it will be monetized which again just means they will charge for it in some manner.

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@phoenix1289: Exactly.

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@phoenix1289: Why would anybody mention monetization if no MTs were involved? Games always need to make money. It's been that way since the dawn of time and they've been doing so traditionally through game sales, and for quite some time now through dlc as well. Monetization usually refers to anything that goes beyond that, any additional means to milk the players further.

Not that it has to always be bad. ME's mp mode still had the best use of MTs to this day, where it had zero effect on you and only morons spent money on MTs when they could earn the same amount just by playing a game or two. But those morons payed for 5 seperate dlcs that have been released for that game over the span of a year so yeah, please add those kind of MTs to any game if it means that I never have to pay for any dlc again and it doesn't affect me at all otherwise. If CDPR does add MTs, which they're obviously going to do if it's supposed to be a f2p game. Their card game has MTs as well for those who are unaware. Then I hope it'll turn out very similar to ME3's coop mode. Because that's how you use that tool without ripping people off.

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@Atzenkiller: Because it's an earnings call. And the question pretty much just means "How are you planning to make money from the multiplayer".

Again monetization does not definitively mean microtransactions. It refers to any method of making money off a product. Selling a game for $60 is monetization for example.

And in the earnings call they were simply being asked how they intended to make money from the product which could be from a similar up front price, monthly subscription model, paid expansions to the multiplayer mode or various other methods.

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@Atzenkiller: "Why would anybody mention monetization if no MTs were involved?" Because the CD Projekt VP was asked a question. Someone wanted to know how the game was being monetized- whether it was free-to-play with microtransactions- and he answered that it was too early to know for sure, but that 'IF' they used microtransactions they would still adhere to their core philosophy regarding value for players. Don't let the way this 'news' was framed by Gamespot fool you. They didn't actually announce anything or even hint at microtransactions. The VP was just trying to be non-definitive. As in, they don't know yet, but rest assured they will keep their heretofore player-centric methods at heart.

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@phoenix1289: I agree by definition monetization doesn't just mean microtransactions, But by today AAA gaming industry lingo it means some sort of microtransactions. I have not seen one company use the word monetization for a game that didn't include microtransactions. 1/10 is not bad:P But they said they don't want to break there promise with costumer. We wait to see more information

It not CD Projekt Red fault monetization has a bad stigma.

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@zero0010: It's supposed to be a f2p game. What else could they mean? If they really weren't talking about MTs they would have probably made that clear because that's what everyone would think of first. And you can't sell dlc for a f2p game, so what other options are there? Optional subscriptions like in an mmo? Those are always a rip off so I doubt they'd go that route.

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@Atzenkiller: It's not 'supposed to be a f2p game.' It's an add-on component to the core, $60 single-player game. So CD Projekt Red could simply choose to monetize this add-on by charging money for it. Or, (as the person who asked the question was inquiring about) they could release the multiplayer component for free and then monetize it by using microtransactions. The VP from CD Projekt actually said that it was too early to know how they were going to monetize the multiplayer, so you're outrage is misplaced.

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@Atzenkiller: I heard nothing that it f2P yet. I heard they was still being discuss and in early planning. I am going hold out until we get more information right now it just speculation. It not going to be part cyberpuck 2077 at launch . It could be is own game entirely

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@phoenix1289: Well, it is an Eddie article, so you're likely right.

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Every dev that gets big enough goes there eventually.

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is the game good?

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@TJDMHEM: We can't know until it's out.

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