Until the proper reveal of Cyberpunk 2077, there has been a flurry of rumours for months indicating that CD Projekt RED was looking to shimmy in some multiplayer elements. As CD Projekt RED is one of the few AAA developers to focus wholly on gigantic single-player experiences, this set a few alarm bells ringing for fans.
Now it’s out the open, we know for sure that Cyberpunk 2077 is, in its entirety, a single-player, narrative-driven experience. It’s a CD Projekt RED game in the mold that we’ve come to expect from this ambitious studio.
Despite this, that doesn’t mean that CDPR is ruling out multiplayer elements altogether. While Cyberpunk 2077 will launch as an exclusively single-player game, CDPR has admitted it’s researching multiplayer components that could be patched in after launch. The key word here is ‘could’, as it all comes down to whether CDPR believes the multiplayer designs actually work within the context of the game.
"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," said Cyberpunk 2077 quest designer Patrick Mills, in an interview with Eurogamer. "That's really what we're concentrating on now, the single-player RPG experience. That's what we want to nail down before we start looking at any of these other things."
When questioned whether this meant there could be some form of multiplayer at launch, or potentially even further down the line, the answer was pretty assertive. “No promises [for multiplayer]. Nothing at launch. At launch, we’re concentrating on the single-player game. That’s what we want to give you.”
Cyberpunk 2077 recently scooped up our Best in Show Award for E3 2018. It’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.