New partnership for CD Projekt Red hints that Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer may still be on the table

    
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Oh, this... keeps my feelings where they were before, really.

We learned a lot about Cyberpunk 2077 back in June, but one of the things we learned was that the multiplayer components discussed in the past appeared to just not be there. Which is fine, it certainly doesn’t make the game awful, but it does mean that we stopped paying much attention to it on a professional level. Now, however, there are signs of multiplayer life once again with the announcement that CD Projekt Red has formed a partnership with Digital Scapes.

That name might not mean much to you (unless you work there and read this, in which case let us give you a hearty greeting), but Digital Scapes was behind Dying Light’s multiplayer services, which means that Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer may be back on the table. It’s all speculation right now, of course, but it would certainly be nice for those on staff who can’t find out enough about this game to resume talking about it for work. And, you know, because multiplayer is cool.

Source: Eurogamer
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ghostlight

Does anyone remember Warren Spector’s great original Deus Ex game? That game got me interested in Cyberpunk; that and Blade Runner of course. ;) I would add though that I absolutely hated William Gibson’s classic cyberpunk novel ‘Neuromancer’, and although I mostly liked the Matrix, it didn’t make as big an impression on me as DX or BR. And come to think of it, I recall getting a moderately heavy cyberpunk vibe from playing EVE, and a mild one from Secret World. Please forgive the digression.

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Brother Maynard

Perhaps one more thing to add (interview with CDPR, June 2018 – emphasis added):

Is Cyberpunk 2077 a purely single-player game?

Patrick Mills: Yes, it is.

So there’s no multiplayer whatsoever?

Patrick Mills: 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. 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.

So when you say you’ve got multiplayer in R&D, do you mean in relation to Cyberpunk 2077, or just generally at the studio?

Patrick Mills: In relation to Cyberpunk as well as just generally at the studio.

So maybe multiplayer will come post-launch?

Patrick Mills: Maybe, no promises. Nothing at launch. At launch we’re concentrating on the single-player game. That’s what we want to give you.

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xpsync

Lets just hope that the games not called Cyberpunk and 2077 isn’t their intended release date.

I can’t wait to play this.

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Brother Maynard

My guess is either (very) late 2019 or (more likely) spring 2020.

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Alex Js.

According to a leak from certain game publisher in Turkey it’s gonna be 2019 ;-)

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Brother Maynard

This could be almost anything, from developing the backend for the game or its launch, to working on a Gwent-style MP game connected to CP2077 to be released later. It does not necessarily mean that there will be MP in CP2077. Also, keep in mind that Cyberpunk started as a tabletop game and CDPR has already tried to enter this territory with its digital version of the Witcher tabletop game – this could easily be a similar attempt.

Also, don’t forget that GoG is part of CDPR and this could simply mean the company is working on solutions to the inevitable flood of millions of players trying to download the game the second it is live – and CDPR pushing out patches from day one.

There is quite a bit of a jump from “cloud-based online service which allows developers to collect telemetry data and tune the game in real-time” (Digital Scapes’ previous work) to developing CP2077 MP…

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Was telling a friend (big on table top) about CP2077, he says is that the sequel or next iteration of Cyberpunk 2020? I dunno it’s not even out yet; i didn’t know there was a game before this one? He says oh yea like way back in the early 90’s. I’m like i didn’t know video games like that existed back then, wtf? He’s like wtf you talking about, i dunno wtf you talking about, lol

Long story short he’s all over this, and gave me a huge USB with all the original 2020 guides (almost 4 gigs), we went through a few of the manuals (play guides?) and wow, the similarities are extensive, tbh took a bit of the shine of 2077 from me, i thought it was original work not a carbon copy of a table top game.

Still super pumped for 2077 though.

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Brother Maynard

It looks like the next iteration. I’ve never played the original tabletop game, but that’s the impression I’ve been getting.

The Cyberpunk’s author is heavily involved in the making of CP2077, he’s been working with CDPR on developing the world and the story and also participated in tons of interviews that CDPR gave after the reveal earlier this year.

Judging by the level of his involvement, I’d say this will take the CP world beyond anything that was done with it before. The setting will be the same, but the story will be fresh – just like with the Witcher games, which presented the CDPR’s narrative that went way beyond the books.

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When i was telling him about Cyberpunk 2077 at first he thought i was telling him about a new table top iteration, i’m thinking he was talking about a video game from way back. He’s totally pumped for this.

Listening to some of his stories (games) i was impressed with the world for sure. The detail they would get into with it, still table top never really interests me?

Browsing through the rulebook, i’m wondering what took so long for a proper game world to come to fruition and can’t help but wonder how much inspiration was derived from cp2020 in the making of the original Deus Ex.

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That’s nice, but I’ll be playing it regardless of whether it will have multiplayer or not. I want an immersive, mature RPG experience in a beautiful world, and only CD Projekt Red can deliver something like that. The garbage ‘murican companies like Bethesda or Bioware have lost their way long time ago and now only able to release mediocre, redundant clones of Destiny 2 and Ark ;-)

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GamingSF

For me multiplayer is a must, coop that is. But I’ll certainly wait for release and reviews. Games have tried to add multiplayer and done a terrible job of it in the past, heck even a good number of MMOs have really terrible coop experiences, so the proof is definitely in the pudding here.

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Brother Maynard

If MP is the part that makes you wait for reviews, you’re missing the point of the game. CP2077 is all about rich world, story and characters – CDPR have been always very clear about that.

Any MP would be just an addon and in no way part of the core game experience.

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Veldara

The point you make Maynard is the reason I’ve never been very hyped for CDPR games. They’re great at making singleplayer experiences, but being as a primarily MP gamer I’m on the same boat as GamingSF.

I’ll either wait for a deep steam sale to pick it up or pick it up if the MP is actually beefy after they patch it in.

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BalsBigBrother

As soon as the preorder is available for this game I am getting it and will get whatever collectors edition there is available for it, the money is already set aside and waiting to be spent.

It would be nice to have multiplayer for those that want it but for me personally it is not a deal breaker. I am more interested in a deep immersive cyberpunk world I can lose myself in and that already seems to be available, so sell it to me already :p

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Schmidt.Capela

If it had optional 3rd person camera I would do so too, only substituting a digital deluxe instead of a collector’s edition. Being locked into 1st person PoV for most of the game, though, means I will wait until either a good, reasonably bug-free 3rd person mod is available or the game is 50% off at the very least before I purchase it.

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mysecretid

Agreed, Brother B. This one looks like it could be profound amounts of fun, even without multiplayer. As you say, lack of multiplayer hardly seems like a dealbreaker on this title — at least, not for me.

It looks like Cyberpunk 2077 will be one of those games where, even if it’s only half as good as I imagine it will be, it will still be solidly fun.

Cheers, my friend,

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Brother Maynard

In CDPR’s case every edition is collectors edition (well, to be more precise, they only release one edition…)

The number of free DLCs and goodies for W3 alone put most other games’ collector editions to shame.

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BalsBigBrother

While its true that they did release a lot of free dlc for W3 they also did have a collectors edition of the game that had a statue, art book, medallion, cd soundtrack among a bunch of other things.

At the time I was in two mind about purchasing it and eventually just opted for a game / season pass combo, which considering how much more extra content that gave was still worth the money.

I expect that they will do something similar for 2077 too.

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Dying Light was such a blast playing through co-op, one of the best experiences I’ve had in overall gaming. Primarily played it with a RL friend, but we had one particular day where we were grinding through the game’s story and side quests for a good 13 hours and a large chunk of that was with two randoms who just happened to join us. Really cool getting to play that much of the game with a team of 4.

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Agreed, unfortunately overall it was short lived but yea, was such a great time.

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Matters not buying it regardless,but to be able to play with others would be a cherry on top for sure.

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ghostlight

I do so hope multiplayer is a go. I could get on board with this game in a way that I just couldn’t with the Witcher series. Being able to do a cyberpunk future noir story-driven RPG with other players would be icing on the cake.

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Armsbend

The last Witcher was fantastic but the world ended up being too vast for me. I kind of lost the fire 1/3 of the way through. Online just gives me more of a reason to log in.

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Rolan Storm

Too vast you say? I should really try it at some point.

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I’m too early to the party i think sometimes.

Morrowind = 100’s of hours
Oblivion = around 100 hours +/- 10
Skyrim = maybe 15 hours

Witcher = played though more times than i can remember
Witcher 2 = well over 100 hours
Witcher 3 = maybe 10 hours

Gothic 1 = Many times played through
Gothic 2 = Probably more than 1 actually
Gothic 3 = maybe 25 hours

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I’m sorry I missed Gothic, I heard it was very good. Oh well, you can’t play everything I guess.

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Veldara

For me it wasn’t the vastness that got me, in fact I liked that it was massive. No, the issue was I like rpgs where I play the character and not take the role of someone else. Regardless of your choices, it was Geralt’s way of doing things. Which is why I found more enjoyment playing Divinity Original Sin 2, Torment, and Tyranny where I can have more freedom.

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Sana Tan

I’m on the same boat. In top of that I reallyyyy dislike Geralt, so even when I forced myself to continue I had to quit.

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ghostlight

I hear ya man. Not being able to create your own character like you can in most RPG’s was a big disincentive for me. I understand the game is based on a book series, but still, there we are.