For a long time now I have had a theory that Cyberpunk 2077 was “too big to fail” for CDPR, and that their ultimate goal was to continue investing in the game for a day to make their multiplayer spin-off meant to mimic money pressure GTA Online.
But after the last week, it feels safe that the wind may have changed, and that CDPR may actually cut its losses on Cyberpunk 2077 and move on, whether it̵
First and foremost, the stand-alone Night City multiplayer game is canceled. Here’s what CDPR said about it last week:
“Previously, we suggested that our next triple-A would be a multiplayer Cyberpunk game, but we have decided to reconsider this plan. Given our new, more systematic and flexible approach, instead of focusing primarily on a great online experience or game, we are focused on bringing online into all our franchises one day. We are building an online technology that can be seamlessly integrated into the development of our future games. “
CDPR recently picked up a studio that specializes in online gaming, and the statement above indicates online integration for future games, not current, which does not mean Cyberpunk 2077, where it is probably impossible to frolic online at this time, as it is something that may have been baked in from the start.
So it does not happen, and for Cyberpunk to go online it will take a whole new game. But beyond that, even in a 25-minute video about their future strategies, CDPR refused to talk about some plans for Cyberpunk 2077 past what has already been announced for the rest of 2021: more fixes, free small-scale DLC and the next-generation version of the game, probably out this fall.
It is believed that Cyberpunk would get the kind of meaty DLC addition we saw from The Witcher 3 with Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, but now it seems like it is far from a guarantee.
While Cyberpunk has sold well, it is possible that CDPR realizes that they will not invest too much more time, money and effort in a game where it may be impossible to reverse the public perception of it. They want to fix it and get it to a place where it’s not actively destroyed as much as it has been (they really need to get back on the PlayStation Store), and they’ll add free DLCs that’s probably new stuff. software, clothes, cars and a few side quests. But past that? Why spend so much time making huge DLC when they could work on their next project instead?
I do not think CDPR is leaving Cyberpunk as an IP, but I think they may end up leaving Cyberpunk 2077 as a game after this year in favor of putting their full weight behind a new Witcher, a future new Cyberpunk, or both , as the company says it will work with franchises at the same time going forward. But no, I no longer expect a big No Man’s Sky style change for the game now that the online dream is dead and CDPR is extremely reluctant to talk about the future for the last 6-8 months from now. It feels like they’re just moving on.
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