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Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer Cancelled?

Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer Cancelled?

Cyberpunk 2077 launched to a litany of criticisms. Not only does CD Projekt Red have a lot to live up to given their history with titles like The Witcher 3, but the way it was marketed and advertised lead many to believe this game would be a massive game changer. From the embarrassing performance on old consoles, to Sony removing it from the digital store, and now the news about the standalone multiplayer getting the axe, many are curious if this game will ever get to where it was supposed to be. Can it pull the same comeback story from such a fall from grace the likes of something in the vein of No Man’s Sky?

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What do we know?

President Adam Kiciński said in a strategy update that they were modifying their strategy about online experiences in the games they make, and said they would be focusing on bringing online into all CD Projekt Red franchises one day. In addition, they would be working on an online technology to integrate into all their games.

He went on to say the following…

“Previously we hinted that our next AAA would be a multiplayer Cyberpunk game, but we have decided to reconsider this plan given our new more systemic and agile approach instead of primarily focusing on one big online experience or game we are focusing on bringing online into all of our franchises one day.”

What does this mean?

CD Projekt Red seems to be casting a vision beyond just Cyberpunk 2077 and the potential that it has for multieplayer. Even with the poor reception of Cyberpunk 2077, they likely have plans that are bigger than just one title.

They went on the clarify about the technology they are building will be for… “With this technology in place, we can start to grow an online community — powered by our own GOG GALAXY platform — which connects gamers both inside and outside of our games.”

This could mean any number of things. They want to build and integrate with social aspects, tools, or sites. It could also mean mobile synergy since the mobile gaming market is a booming industry that would expand the reach of any of the games they develop. The question is, will it matter?

Still rough

Even with the recent patch and update, Cyberpunk 2077 is still incredibly rough around the edges. The launch on older consoles has still not been completely rectified in the eyes of Sony as the game is still absent from the PS Store.

CDPR even claimed that the games reception is being affected by the absence of their game in the PS Store. “We believe it may also influence purchasing decisions of not only those playing on PlayStation but also on other platforms,”

The question remains then, have they done enough to be earn a place back on that storefront? Michal Nowakowski claims, “We do believe we’re closer than further, but of course the final call is theirs,”. This continues to hang like a shadow over a game still fraught with issues.

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