CD Projekt Red has been the talk of the town recently, with surprises and reveals surrounding their upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 title. Things like Keanu Reeves joining the game as none other than Johnny Silverhand, to recent reports of work on not one, but THREE Cyberpunk titles.
During a conversation with Bankier, a Polish financial site, Adam Kicińskiv, a CDPR exec, discussed how the studio had multiple teams working on THREE different Cyberpunk games, as well as keeping up with support for Gwent.
Most of what was discussed is already public knowledge, but just in case you missed it, you’ll find it below.
Obviously, one of these three titles is Cyberpunk 2077, releasing on April 16, 2020.
One of the titles is actually CDPR’s next AAA title, which will allegedly release before the end of 2021. This seems rather quick considering Cyberpunk will release only a year before this, and CDPR has made a name for themselves when it comes to spending a LOT of time on one game. The “new” piece of information here is that this next AAA title after Cyberpunk 2077 will be a game set within the same Cyberpunk universe. Sorry to disappoint anyone who thought it would be the next Witcher title.
Piotr Nielubowicz, another CDPR exec, stated, “Our next big project will also be in the ‘cyberpunk’ universe, and we’re already working on it and treating it as a really big and innovative project for us.”
Lastly, CDPR has been working on some type of multiplayer element for Cyberpunk 2077, which we have known for YEARS. Whether this will be it’s own title, or simply a giant expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 remains unclear. However, in the grand scheme of things, only a handful of devs (about 40 out of 800) are working on this side of the Cyberpunk universe.
Multiplayer for the title has been talked about as far back as 2013. During an interview with Eurogamer, CDPR boss Adam Badowski told them that there would be “multiplayer features” in Cyberpunk 2077. Fast forward to E3 2018 where Quest Designer, Patrick Mills, confirmed that multiplayer was in fact still being worked on. In what capacity we still don’t know, but at some point we will get to see what this multiplayer element is (hopefully).
However, the game we get in April will be a single player focused title, as Mills went on to describe…
“We have multiplayer in R&D, but the game we’re shipping to you, the game you’re going to buy is the single-player experience. At launch we’re concentrating on the single-player game. That’s what we want to give you.” Mills told Eurogamer.
What’s interesting though is that this multiplayer element doesn’t seem to be any major priority. During E3 2019, Tom Phillips, an editor for Eurogamer, asked CDPR’s lead quest designer, Pawel Sasko, about their plans for Cyberpunk 2077 and this multiplayer side to the game. He confirmed that it will be solely single player at launch, but also didn’t sound too confident about the multiplayer side of things.
“Yes, 100 per cent,” Sasko told Eurogamer. “We’re not really working on multiplayer, our sole focus is single-player. We’ll do that, then we’ll see. We’re not saying no but we’re not saying yes. If something does happen it will definitely be post-launch and that’s as much as I can say right now.”
So yes, there are three Cyberpunk things being worked on over at CD Projekt Red, BUT one of those isn’t really sure of itself. The other two are still ways out, but it’s exciting to know that CDPR is taking the time to really flesh out this universe.