Despite dropping a gargantuan patch for Cyberpunk 2077 earlier this week, it appears developer CD Projekt Red is still focused on the core game in lieu of the long-awaited standalone multiplayer title.
A strategy meeting this week revealed that the developer would move to work on multiple AAA simultaneously and reduce the time from announcement to release in the wake of Cyberpunk's launch.
Cyberpunk 2077 Developer CD Projekt Red "Reconsidering" Multiplayer
Speaking as part of the group strategy presentation, President and joint-CEO of CDPR, Adam Kicinski, explained the future of the multiplayer mode.
“Previously, we hinted that our next AAA would be a multiplayer Cyberpunk game, but we have decided to reconsider this now,” said Kicinski.
“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.”
Kicinski also noted that the developer's focus remains on AAA RPGs, but that its titles will be built in conjunction with any multiplayer modes, rather than one before the other.
“What is changing is our long-term approach to online,” Kicinski revealed. “And by this, we mean ensuring we are properly prepared to implement online elements in our games where they make sense. We don’t want to go overboard or lose our single-player DNA. We want to take thoughtful steps to build robust online capabilities.”
Also announced in the strategy meeting was a next-gen enhancement for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is expected to arrive later this year.