June 24, 2024

CD Projekt has confirmed it is “contemplating” multiplayer parts for its Cyberpunk 2077 sequel throughout an replace on the studio’s present improvement plans – which additionally included phrase it is aiming to begin the manufacturing section for its subsequent Witcher sport this 12 months.

That is in line with CD Projekt CEO Adam Badowski, who touched on the Cyberpunk 2077 follow-up – formally codenamed Orion – in an interview with Reuters. Whereas Badowski “wouldn’t focus on particulars” about potential multiplayer parts for the sci-fi sequel past confirming the studio was “contemplating” them, it is an fascinating admission all the identical.

CD Projekt did, in fact, have main multiplayer plans for the unique Cyberpunk 2077; it initially introduced it will be including multiplayer to the sport someday after launch, however by the point 2020 rolled round, Cyberpunk’s multiplayer had ballooned right into a standalone “triple-A” title. In the end, these bold plans had been scaled again considerably following Cyberpunk’s disastrous launch, lastly tapering off altogether – however with participant sentiment across the franchise now significantly larger in gentle of final 12 months’s acclaimed Phantom Liberty enlargement, it is notable the studio might be seeking to revive its multiplayer ambitions for a second outing.

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Nonetheless, with CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 sequel at present within the “conceptual section” in line with Badowski, nothing is about in stone – and the majority of the studio’s consideration is elsewhere anyway, as preparatory work on the following Witcher sport continues. Final October, CD Projekt confirmed round 330 builders had been concerned with the brand new Witcher title – codenamed Polaris – and Badowski has now reiterated the studio would “prefer to have round 400 folks engaged on the mission by the center of the 12 months”. Reuters notes Polaris’ manufacturing section is but to start, however says CD Projekt is aiming for it to begin this 12 months.

Whereas the studio’s subsequent Witcher sport remains to be some appreciable approach off – and a Cyberpunk sequel even additional nonetheless – these aren’t the one video games on its slate. CD Projekt’s Molasses Flood workforce is at present engaged on a multiplayer Witcher spin-off, whereas a Witcher 1 remake is in improvement at exterior studio Idiot’s Principle. There’s, nonetheless, no phrase on when both of these tasks may ultimately emerge.