Cyberpunk 2077 to get multiplayer, CD Projekt Red confirms
Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red's hotly anticipated 2020 title, has been under the lense of controversy for the past few weeks, first after the announcement that its character creation would be genderless, and then after the confirmation that all cutscenes would be in first person. Today, another huge announcement is sending even more shockwaves through the community: Cyberpunk is going multiplayer.
The developer revealed the news in a tweet today, stating that the "single player" version of control is shipping in Spring 2020 as planned, and implied that the newly confirmed multiplayer mode or version will be shipping afterward in a series of free updates to the game. The developer's last major title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, also received a long list of free updates and free downloadable content after its release in 2015, although it never received the multiplayer treatment.
Not only did CD Projekt Red confirm the future release of a multiplayer Cyberpunk, it also used the opportunity to post a recruitment ad for the development team. It's now seeking professionals to help flesh out the staff that will be managing the multiplayer side of the game, although that doesn't reveal much about the actual multiplayer functionality.
There are several possibilities to speculate on. A GTA V-style multiplayer may work well in such a sprawling RPG landscape filled with tech and violence, but it also wouldn't be terribly surprising to see a more traditional co-op RPG sort of style, with drop-in/drop-out progression similar to shooters like The Division 2 or Borderlands. We expect more information to be made readily available when the game nears its launch next year.