'Everything' About Cyberpunk 2077 will be Better than Witcher 3, CDPR Confirms Online Mode

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 11:31 AM
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After all this talk of loot crates, it’s nice to slip back into some altogether more pleasant news. After recent rumours surrounding troubled development at CD Projekt RED, studio president Adam Kicinski has been speaking out about the potential of Cyberpunk 2077. He believes CDPR can better The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in every way.

Speaking to Polish market analyst Strefa Inwestorów, Kicinski was asked how Cyberpunk 2077 could top The Witcher 3. “Everything,” he succinctly said. “Every time we make a game we want to make a better one than before. We want to experiment in new fields which weren’t yet explored in The Witcher. I can't say much about Cyberpunk, but our ambitions are set really high because that's our style of work. We want to go even higher, and especially seeing how we're having a business chat, we're interested in Cyberpunk being even more commercially significant.

"The Witcher is an unquestionably very good game; a great success in commercial terms. We are very happy but it's still far from the world records. Individual games can sell much much better. With this in mind, creating the phenomenal Cyberpunk 2077 we hope to do even better with this title than we already did with The Witcher 3," he continued.

"Of course everything is ahead of us. It's no forecast. These are just our dreams. Investments in Cyberpunk will, of course, be much bigger than those in The Witcher. We don't reveal the budget but our sales goals are much bigger."

Precise details on Cyberpunk 2077 are still remarkably scarce. CDPR has been keeping it heavily under wraps since its announcement more than five years ago. During this same interview though, Kicinski let one more tidbit of info slip out - Cyberpunk 2077 will have some form of online element.

“Online is necessary, or very recommended if you wish to achieve a long-term success. At some point, we have mentioned that there will be a certain online element related to Cyberpunk.” Eek. Quite what this means it’s difficult to say, although recent rumours have pointed towards a social hub from which players can head out on their quests. If CD Projekt RED can make Cyberpunk a spiritual successor to Phantasy Star Online, all my dreams will be realised.

Source: Tweaktown

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07:07 Nov-16-2017

Just because it's online, doesn't mean it's going to be bad. I don't think there is anything wrong with Online mode or multiplayer, as long as it's good and fun. Beside, we have yet to see the actual gameplay of the game. If they're going to implement Soul's like online component, then that is good in my book.


What worries is how ambitious CDPR with their statement. I really am afraid if it's going to bite their ass later on. The Witcher 3 set such a high bar in RPG games, they have to worked really, really hard to surpass that bar.

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21:26 Nov-15-2017

Hope that "online mode" is some kind of optional mixture with the single player mode, and not a multiplayer mode, which are different things.

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00:12 Nov-15-2017

I really dont want a online mode. I just want a good single player RPG. I would think most of CDPR's current fans feel the same, but who knows. Seems like everyone wants MP these days then just just complains about it not being done right.

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00:17 Nov-15-2017

"Online is necessary, or very recommended if you wish to achieve a long-term success." Well no, unless you mean long term steady revenue. Maybe im paranoid but that makes me think of MP microtransactions.

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07:14 Nov-15-2017

The current dream of the publishers is to make every game a "service" - it releases, it puts out a few updates once in a while and makes you pay additionally for each new content - its the whole "We want to copy/paste Blizzard's success with WoW" story. First only free-to-play games tried to copy it, now it seems everyone else is doing it

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20:59 Nov-14-2017

Online mode scares me...
There's a chance that they've focused more on multiplayer more than single player just like what GTA V did...


Single player is what made GTA great in the first place...

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21:32 Nov-14-2017

My exact thoughts... i can only hope for the best.

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19:30 Nov-14-2017

This isn't the kind of statement I would've expected from CDPR. All throughout The Witcher 3's launch, they were very pro-consumer and intent on speaking of the quality of their game, rather than it's commercial potential.
I sure hope TW3's success doesn't alter their approach to game development too much.

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16:22 Nov-14-2017

I do believe that when they said it has online features, it really fits how Cyberpunk world fits. I don't think this may lead to lootcrates or microtransactions, that's not how they deliver their games but they're rater being too generous.

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15:30 Nov-14-2017

Im just now playing witcher 3 and i dont want it to end, its such a amazing game, its one of the best if not the best game of all time, i highly doubt cyberpunk will surpass it story or as a game all together and online mode could be separate game mode or it could be stupid useless story multiplayer as ac unity had

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13:43 Nov-14-2017

Overstatement.I am having a bad feeling about this.

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14:59 Nov-14-2017

Wait wait wait... So, someone says that they are "having a bad feeling about this" when a loved developer says that they will have an online component to their game, and he gets downvoted. EA announces a game that has online stuff and they get so much flack for it and everybody starts calling for EA to go out of business. My faith in the gaming community is fading...

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17:45 Nov-14-2017

There is a massive track record difference between CDPR and EA. CDPR have shown they care about and listen to their community.
An online element will likely be a swanky ass co-op mode, not micro-transactions and lootcrates.

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20:11 Nov-14-2017

I understand that, and I agree. I'm much more likely to trust CDPR then EA. That said, I just don't understand why someone would downvote the OP because he got a bad feeling from reading this article. I must say I did too. Whenever any publisher mentions or alludes to GAAS I get nervous, because it is so easy to screw up and have turn into a Battlefront 2-style fiasco.

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20:07 Nov-14-2017

When the developer starts talking in terms of "commercial success" I tend to get bad feelings too. Well, no reason why they can't have a commercially blockbuster product that is also gamer friendly (no microtrans) and has great re/playability. Let's hope for the best because I've been interested in this IP since it's announcement.

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12:28 Nov-14-2017

CDPR created gwent Witcher card game which is always online game with micro transactions (f2p though). So I hope cyberpunk won't have micro transactions.

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12:39 Nov-14-2017

all card games are f2p and p2w

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12:50 Nov-14-2017

what am saying is, now they have tasted micro transactions & they might get tempted to implement them in cyberpunk online mode. Right now you can spend money in 3 ways (starter pack, card kegs, meteorite powder)paid expansion is also coming

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14:46 Nov-14-2017

Currently we are seeing other titles, that were never meant to have microtransactions , to include them, so I would say there is a high possibility.
I'm also wondering how Bethesda has not been hooked yet to the "new trend"

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16:15 Nov-14-2017

they have mods for that...

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16:17 Nov-15-2017

Oh right, forgot about the paid mods part! Still, it could be worse - "random mod lootbox generator" xD

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12:28 Nov-14-2017

I hope it will not release in 2077 :)

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14:40 Nov-14-2017

So.... 2076 sound good?

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21:24 Nov-14-2017

I heard 2069 is gonna be a good year for "games".

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12:18 Nov-14-2017

Those are bold claims, I hope they're right.

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12:11 Nov-14-2017

I can imagine they might grab a concept of APB:Reloaded (which I quite enjoyed, although it's a fairly tacky F2P game :)

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13:36 Nov-14-2017

It's a fairly P2W game, JK, it's completely P2W :)

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13:45 Nov-14-2017

I was often called hacker/cheater because I was able to win without spending a single buck :D

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18:27 Nov-14-2017

So good.

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11:55 Nov-14-2017

So I'm to expect deeper and more complex gameplay? Because they said the same about the Witcher 3 in comparison to the Witcher 2 and they watered down/mainstreamed pretty much every mechanic. :/

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12:03 Nov-14-2017

Improving stuff(making something better) can go both ways either simplifying it or making it more complex, depending on what the dev's mean.

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13:13 Nov-14-2017

how does simplifying something make it better? It's less than before from any possible standpoint.

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14:43 Nov-14-2017

Perhaps it is less, but sometimes less is better. Simplified mechanics are often seen as an improvement. Though I can't think of any off the top of my head, I've read many reviews of sequels to games that praise the simplified mechanics of the game over it's predecessor. Games just get too complicated sometimes, and it's best to just simplify it some to make it easier to pick up. The hard part is finding the balance where a game is easy to pick up but difficult to master. Rainbow Six comes to mind. All in all, quite simple mechanics. But that game takes a lot to master.

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15:05 Nov-14-2017

You have to specify which rainbow six as there are many of them :D


And "less is better and simplified is seen as better", said no RPG fan ever. People have been moaning to bathesda about simplifying skyrim and fallout 4 too much, people have been moaning about Deus Ex since the second game came out, about how simplified it is, name a RPG that has gotten simpler and shallower over time and its community will be complaining for it becoming simpler, well at least the people who played the older games, newcomers have nothing to compare them to as they do NOT have a base to compare them to as they have NOT played the older games.

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13:15 Nov-14-2017

Oh would you look at that, people downvoting, without replying to state why, because I did NOT say something dic-sucking about a universally praised by all game and actually stated the truth... when has that happened before? Oh wait just about every time... There is no perfect game and all games have many flaws, deal with it...

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13:28 Nov-14-2017

Your truth is not the truth of others. Jeez! Just because you see things in another ways doesn't automatically mean others are in the wrong. And please refrain from using nasty words or expressions, we can still post our different opinions in perfectly civil ways.

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13:37 Nov-14-2017

But... But... Mommy tells me I'm special!

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13:47 Nov-14-2017

Am true people have different opinions, but I'm NOT wrong that they simplified the gameplay, am I now?


And you did give your opinionm so did Held2312, but most people did NOT.

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13:49 Nov-14-2017

I logged in to downvote just because of this comment.

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13:52 Nov-14-2017

thank you for giving a reason and opinion why you downovted... oh wait you didn't do that, you just downvoted and left a comment with no meaningful input...

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14:49 Nov-14-2017

Psycoman, you are being unreasonable. Not everybody wants to get involved in this discussion. They just want to show their opinion and move on. I doubt you got any down-thumbs for your original comment (though I will freely admit to down-thumbing you for your comment insulting everybody who disagrees with you). Many people just disagree with you, which is okay. Also, I'd like to point out that your above comment, as well as your comment above that gave no meaningful input. Dude, people have a right to voice their opinions, even it it is just through the use of a vote button.

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14:51 Nov-14-2017

Psychoman you are just pulling your self deeper in to the hole. Just let it go. I agree with you on an extent. True 90% of the time removing and making stuff more simple is a bad choice, just bad. But sometimes it's good to make a game/or game mechanics more simple and straight to the point ( like that old saying less is more ).

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15:00 Nov-14-2017

DarkNightPhoenix hmmm... Insulting? I never insulted anybody... I have NOT called anybody any names or anything... I do NOT know how people are insulted by anything I said, when I didn't say a single insult towards anybody...


Tmario98 well the only type of simplification that I agree on is removal of RNG factors in mechanics and I personally do NOT think that games are too complicated, I personally am craving for more complicated games, but sadly developers are giving the exact opposite.

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"thank you for giving a reason and opinion why you downovted… oh wait you didn't do that, you just downvoted and left a comment with no meaningful input…" This is condescending. Definitely not polite, and can be considered insulting.
"Oh would you look at that, people downvoting, without replying to state why, because I did NOT say something dic-sucking about a universally praised by all game and actually stated the truth… when has that happened before?" Not sure how you could think this isn't insulting. Definitely seems arrogant, proclaiming you're right and everyone else is wrong.

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20:56 Nov-14-2017

Well,i'm not "dic-sucking" to any of CDPR,but still love their policy about games in general.Love all 3 Witchers(didn't get along with Gwent,tho),but 3(1 good and 2 epic) out of 4 games is pretty impressive score in my book...so,downvoted you also.

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21:12 Nov-14-2017

I didn't get into gwent either. IDK once you go yu-gi-oh it seems that most modern card games are just too simple(in the current state), same with hearthstone, I like it, but compared to yu-gi-oh it's simple and easy.


IDK what their policy about games is to be honest, they just release games without micro-transactions, which IDK how it is praise-worthy when NO game should micro-transactions... I'm NOT going to praise them for being normal, I'm going to hate on the ones that are putting micro-transactions.
Otherwise their work policy is terrible, many people leaving and many complaining that they are underpaid and overworked at CDPR, which I was surprised as they own GoG and have successful games, you'd expect they have a good work environment too.

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17:03 Nov-14-2017

I played all three of them, completed TW1 3 times, TW2 about 5 times, and TW3 about 3 times, and currently on my 4th playthrough, yet still think that I'm a newbie. Would you care to explain which mechanic/s they watered down?

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17:34 Nov-14-2017

Sure, Witcher 2 vs Witcher 3. First of the talent system was totally watered down... the choices were obvious as there were crutch talents. Second of all alchemy was simplified, by requiring less ingredients in most cases and they were much easier to find, plus you can drink a potion in combat now and once crafted you need the base of the potion to craft it again... the open world did NOT add much, beside traveling...

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17:36 Nov-14-2017

now to the part I'm most sad that they simplified the combat, you might think they are similar, but they are NOT, the witcher 2 had much more emphasis on the timings, your movements were NOT totally OP and the enemies had actual difficult and different timings and attack patterns, not a cycle of the same, plus the evade is super op, runes are op, and leveling means almost nothing to combat as the super fast, super strong, super big movements alone are enough to beat them, the difference between you being a lower or higher level is the amount of times you will evade and hit before the enemy dies... booo... the difficulty is little to none in comparison to the Witcher 2(let alone the witcher 1, but it's out of the subject), the armors also had less importance too...

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18:06 Nov-14-2017

The witcher 3 is basically an Action-Adventure, hack and slash game with some shallow RPG mechanics and an open world that does NOT bring much, besides traveling... which I most dislike in open worlds...


P.S. I might be criticizing the Witcher 3 a lot, but that's because I'm MOST critical towards the games I love the most and to me the witcher 3 was a regression to the previous games(except graphics wise and story-TELLING wise). You expect the game to evolve NOT to devolve and that is why it is my least favorite Witcher, still love it a lot, same with skyrim, I'd expect it to be deeper and more complex gameplay, but it was mainstreamed, that's why I like Oblivion and Morrowind more, still it's another excellent game, that sadly got watered down.

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18:44 Nov-14-2017

I can see your points. I absolutely love the whole series and 3 is no exception. W3 is one of my all-time favorite games and it truly set the standard for open world games. That being said, I didn't really like the mutation leveling at all. Too many points you HAVE to spend on skills you don't want in order to get skills you do. And being able to switch in and out seems illogical.

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18:45 Nov-14-2017

It's a mutation. It should be permanent. I also thought the crafting was weak. I thought it was implemented well but there was never anything that I could craft that was stronger than what I already had equipped. There were a few exceptions within the school gear but ultimately I was dissapointed in it. As far as the combat itself goes. I really enjoyed it. But I do see your point about...

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18:46 Nov-14-2017

the removal of the timing element that was a part of the first 2 games. I guess it didn't bother me that it was missing but it would have also been cool if they had maintained it as sort of a signature element of the series.

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18:50 Nov-14-2017

Velcroboy yep basically. :)

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20:28 Nov-14-2017

I can agree with you on most of those points. The first two did seem more complex. However, I actually enjoy that Witcher 3 was more simple. (And I am an RPG fan. Just saying...) I enjoyed the Witcher series more for the story than the gameplay, though I loved the gameplay too. The game being simpler made it easier to pick up and play when I had time, though even then I usually had to make sure I had hours to devote to it.

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18:57 Nov-14-2017

Psychoman being unreasonable?! Wow, that's a shocker(sarcasm). Anyway, I down voted because I can't see how simplified mechanics are bad. Not everyone is hardcore gamer and probably will lose interest because either mechanics or controls are too complex(do you see any simulators getting any mainstream attention?).

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19:01 Nov-14-2017

For average gamer, who just want's to sit down and play a game and doesn't have to go through something that is gonna make him frustrated, I find it a win for a developer and a player.

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20:45 Nov-14-2017

Unreasonable? I don't see how I am unreasonable, to every actual constructive criticism I've given my own... I have NOT called anybody names and I certainly have NOT downvoted for no reason, at all actually.


And you are right, simplifying games makes them more accessable for the average player, but why can't they just make a new IP for that... it's a complete "betrayal" to the most of their previous fans... :/

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15:23 Nov-15-2017

Okay, here's my opinion based on my experience, and I played the series in 1-2-3 order, and had been following the development of TW3 since 2013. I can't speak much about talent distribution, but as far as I recall, TW1 has the most depth

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15:27 Nov-15-2017

As for alchemy, I was once in the same boat as you, and felt like the alchemy is not as fun as the prequels (especially TW1) which to be honest alchemy is one of the major point I felt about the game, but as time goes by, I begin to appreci

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15:41 Nov-15-2017

ate the simple version of the third. I'm with you regarding drinking potions before combat. And yes TW2's combat is unforgiving,but I prefer TW3's combat for its fluidity compared to the prequels. All in all, yes CDPR isn't perfect, and

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15:54 Nov-15-2017

I believe that nothing is. There are always room for improvement, but for me TW3 still raised the bar for video games, and it's not just a hack and slash. As much as I love a hack n slash game.

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18:20 Nov-15-2017

Yes the witcher 1 was the deepest of them all, with the different battle stances, the most indepth alchemy and I love it the most from all the witcher games, but I love the story in the witcher 2 the most, even though the story-telling itself is not so good, when it comes to the witcher 3, the combat is most fluid, because the animations are most fluid and the only thing I like more about the witcher 3 than the previous games are the visuals - graphics and animations, I don't like the story as much as the witcher 2's or even the witcher 1's, but the story telling is one of the best story tellings NOT only in RPG history, but in the history of games.

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I sure do hope so.

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