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.
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CD Projekt RED Teases Sci-fi RPG Opus, Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt RED, the developer best known for their work on The Witcher series, has released our first (conceptual) look at their futuristic sandbox RPG, Cyberpunk,\ 2077. Based on the pen and paper role-playing game, Cyberpunk, 2077 depicts a future where the law hunts down individuals overcome by the toll cybernetic implants and synthetic substances take on human physiology.
Unlike the unpleasant stomach pumping that follows an overdose in the present, bullets are the only adequate answer to someone that’s gone “psycho” in the future, as their implants rebel against all organic matter (including the user’s), the side effect of which is rampaging massacres. Enter the Psycho Squad, a task force created namely to protect us meatbags from the cyber menace plaguing Night City, and the group you, the player, will be assigned to.
Being as it is a CG trailer, gameplay details are on the thin. CD Projekt has only made clear that the game will be an open-world RPG catered for mature audiences, it follows a multi-threaded plotline told in a non-linear fashion, and that it will focus heavily on character customization, with certain game mechanics reflecting aspects of the pen and paper RPG it takes inspiration from. No platform for 2077 has been specified and the developer’s official mention of a release only reads: “When it’s ready." Good enough for me.