January 28, 2023

A non-player character in Cyberpunk swings a katana at the player.

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If you’ve held on, well hope so Cyberpunk 2077 will see its once-promised multiplayer features soon… you may be better off waiting for the game to continue. In the hot mess of a saga that is CyberpunkAfter the blistering fall and recent redemption arc, CD Projekt Red has its hands full patching the digital potholes in Night City. Thanks to some recent comments from an interview with acting CDPR narration director and lead quest designer Philipp Weber, we now know why it’s taken so long – and why it’s unlikely we’ll ever see the legendary multiplayer mode for Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 released in December 2020 and, well, you probably know the story by now: with a level of hype matched by few other games out there, the release was a technical disaster with unfulfilled promises amid bugs and crashes. But aside from various fixes to the basics of the game’s messy engine and code, the game was always expected to have a multiplayer mode after release.launch based on previous comments. Although recent developments suggest so CDPR is ready to go more or less further 2077 (Although it’it is far from finished with the Cyberpunk franchise), it’s a mystery what’s going on with multiplayer. But as we now know, the requirements of getting 2077 in a playable state – and these days it’s actually quite playablemean multiplayer has been completely suspended.

In a interview with Eurogamerby Robert PurcheseWeber delivered some of the most direct comments Cyberpunk‘s multiplayer we’ve heard for a while:

“[Fixing Cyberpunk 2077 after launch] meant that other R&D projects had to disappear. Of Cyberpunk, we wanted to do a lot of things at once, and we really had to focus and say, ‘Okay, what’s the most important thing? Yeah, we’ll make that part really good.’”

Although all we’ve really had to do when it comes to guessing what 2077‘s multiplayer would be was our own imagination and some clues from datamines, it is unclear what this mode would have achieved. It’s easy to speculate it could have been something similar GTA Online or even Fallout 76but that’s all we have: speculation.

Read more: Two years later, Cyberpunk 2077 Fans are still trying to solve the game’s biggest mystery

Further from 2077Weber’s original multiplayer plans are part of CDPR, doubling down on its commitment to “single-player, story-driven, triple-A RPGs.”” The still studio expects multiplayer to be part of its games in the futurealthough.

“What is changing is our long-term approach to online, and by that we mean making sure we are well prepared to implement online elements in our games where they make sense. We don’t want to go overboard or lose our single player DNA. We want to take thoughtful steps to build robust online capabilities,” added Weber Eurogamer.

So donate one 2077‘s multiplayer that never was. It’s hardly a surprise when you think about it Cyberpunk‘s struggles. While I love a good multiplayer game as much as anyone else, the kind of forever single player gamer that I’m more than happy to hear CDPR’s priorities will be centered on solo narrative forays.

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