CD Projekt Red – the esteemed Witcher developer – recently announced that their upcoming release, Cyberpunk 2077, will be based on the “games-as-a-service” model. This usually means a lot of micro transactions and a lot of grinding, but fear not, as the Polish developers have come out with a statement that they’re going to “leave greed to others”.
The statement came via the CD Projekt Red Twitter account yesterday, stating: “Worry not. When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than [The Witcher 3] — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG.”
This came as a relief, at least for me. The Witcher 3 is one of my all time favourite games, and I have high hopes for their next release. When the service model was broached, I immediately had flashbacks to endless micro transactions and daily energy metres.
The micro transaction trip has been a bit of a wild one recently, with the uproar and temporary removal of purchases from Battlefront 2, so CD Project Red went on to further clarify that gamers will “get what they pay for” with their new title: “no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.”
There is no set release date for Cyberpunk 2077, but we were assured last week that the game is proceeding as planned, but that it’s going to take time. A game that’s bigger than the Witcher 3 is a terrifyingly amazing prospect. I may have to lock myself away for a few months.