Cyberpunk 2077's Multiplayer Is More Than Just A Mode

Don't call it a mode, CD Projekt says--it's a full standalone game.

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CD Projekt Red has cleared up some confusion about the upcoming multiplayer game set in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. Executive Adam Kicinski said during the company's latest earnings briefing that it's not right to call it just a "mode" for Cyberpunk 2077 (read our Cyberpunk 2077 review for details on the single-player).

Instead, it should be thought of as a standalone product. "So, first, we don't call it modes," Kicinski said (transcription via Seeking Alpha). "It's a separate dedicated production, a big production. We think about it as a standalone product."

The Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer game is connected to the single-player game, but CD Projekt Red sees it as an "independent production" with a team working on it that's separate from the team building the single-player game.

Kicinski went on to say that CD Projekt Red is purposefully keeping quiet on the multiplayer game right now, and that is likely to keep the focus on building hype for Cyberpunk 2077's single-player game. Kicinski said people can expect news about Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer game to come during Q1 of 2021.

What we do know about the Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer game is that it will have some sort of microtransaction system, but it's unknown at this stage what business model it will use. Regarding the microtransactions, CD Projekt Red has said the goal is to provide users with content to purchase that feels like a fair transaction for their money.

Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer spin-off is not going to come out anytime soon. The last we heard, CD Projekt Red said you should expect it to release in 2022 at the soonest. The studio is certainly best-known for single-player games. It has established a reputation over the last decade as one of the premier developers of role-playing games. The Witcher 3 also enjoyed renewed popularity recently due to the success of The Witcher Netflix series.

After multiple delays, Cyberpunk 2077 releases on December 10 for Xbox One, PS4, Stadia, and PC, with next-gen versions arriving in 2021. The Stadia version was previously due to release after the other versions of the game but is now launching alongside them.

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