Cyberpunk 2077 Features Multiplayer; The Witcher 3…Might
Polish studio CD Projekt Red is working on an element as of now unknown to The Witcher – the fantasy RPG saga that pinned them on the map. Cyberpunk 2077, their love letter to the genre written in the form of an open-world RPG, will include some degree of multiplayer.
I’d describe more, but a lot of Cyberpunk 2077 remains confined to a drawing board overseen by a small group of busy bodies still pooling and distilling ideas for the next-gen title. In fact, the majority of Projekt Red is committed to banging out The Witcher 3 for a 2014 release, while Cyberpunk is being aimed at 2015.
That tantalizing CG trailer posted a little while back wasn’t just to give cyberpunk fans a collective stiffy – it was poised to attract prospective talent keen on realizing CDPR’s oppressed future metropolis of Night City. Once The Witcher 3 has gold status in reach and the tiny, separate brainstorming team has congealed its best ideas, production on 2077 will ramp up.
Unlike The Witcher’s focus on a preset hero, Cyberpunk 2077 allows freedom of choice in your character and their class (as well as the havoc you can wreak on Night City – adhering to the hero persona is not a must this time out). “It will be a story-based RPG experience with amazing single-player playthroughs, but we’re going to add multiplayer features,” said CDPR’s manager director, Adam Badowski, to Eurogamer.
That, in particular, strikes my ears as “Multiplayer comes second." But, with any open-world game teasing the addition of multiple players, I can only dream of teaming with comrades, going anywhere, doing anything, and freely plundering the environment – for good or ill (probably ill; shit tons of ill). Grant me this, CD Projekt Red, and I swear I’ll adopt ”Deus What?“ as my new catchphrase…right next to "Shit tons of ill.”
As for The Witcher 3 entering the multiplayer domain? “We’re thinking about something,” is all Badowski would say, which is just damned assuring, but do your lungs a favor and don’t hold your breath.