Cyberpunk 2077 is officially considered a “good game” after eons of patches and updates, but fans won’t ever forget how bad it was at launch. Neither will the developers, as CD Projekt Red went all in on fixing the RPG, seemingly nixing a Cyberpunk multiplayer title that was planned to release after launch.
It’s clear that CD Projekt Red needed to change priorities after the game launched in an awful state, especially with expansions in mind. While we wouldn’t mind seeing a multiplayer spin-off one day, canceling it now was a wise decision for the sake of the game’s reputation.
Fans can expect more of Cyberpunk 2077 soon, as a paid expansion and a “Game of the Year” re-release are coming soon. Add all of those Witcher games being developed and it's clear fans will need to wait for that multiplayer spin-off, should it even come out.
Speaking with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red’s Philipp Weber said they needed to “switch priorities” after the game was launched. Putting all this effort into the main game meant that CD Projekt Red couldn’t make any time for the planned multiplayer shooter.
“The priority was that the main experience will run for the people in a really good state," said Weber. "And essentially, the switch of priorities meant that other R&D projects had to go away. With Cyberpunk, we wanted to do many things at the same time, and we just needed to really focus and say, 'Okay, what's the important part? Yeah, we will make that part really good.'"
Last year, CD Projekt Red did seemingly hint at the Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer spin-off being canned. Adam Kiciński, president and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red, said they had to reconsider their plans after the botched launch during an investor presentation in 2021.
Nevertheless, there are still huge plans for the future of the series. A full sequel game is in very early pre-production designed with the new current-gen hardware in mind. Hopefully, it’s a huge
Cyberpunk 2077 is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC. A “Game of the Year” edition will launch next year, alongside the Phantom Liberty expansion.