CD Projekt RED has revealed that their upcoming open-world RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will include some manner of multiplayer, according to comments from Managing Director Adam Badowski in a recent interview with Eurogamer
None of The Witcher games have yet had multiplayer, but CD Projekt Red's futuristic RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will.
"It will be a story-based RPG experience with amazing single-player playthroughs, but we're going to add multiplayer features," CDPR managing director Adam Badowski told me.
Whether there will be any multiplayer in The Witcher 3, we don't yet know. "We're thinking about something" was all Adam Badowski said.
Rumours began about multiplayer when CDPR advertised for a Multiplayer Programmer last year. The studio then attempted to brush off the attention by saying it was exploring all possible angles for its games.
Badowski also reiterates that unlike The Witcher, Cyberpunk 2077 will have a player customisable player character with multiple classes on offer, explaining that it allows for more narrative freedom.
In The Witcher 3, for example, hero Geralt can't massacre civilians because that wouldn't adhere to The Witcher fiction. "We'll have different situation in Cyberpunk," said Badowski. "Cyberpunk will have different character classes."
Having different character classes and no pre-defined hero loosens constraints on multiplayer, too. When I asked Badowski if there would ever be a Witcher MMO, he dismissed the idea with a chuckle. Simply, it wouldn't make fiction-sense to have 10 white-haired Geralts running around.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently only in pre-production with a smaller team at the Polish studio, aiming for a 2015 launch on PC and next-generation consoles.