Traditionally an RPG got a lengthy campaign at launch with an expansion continuing the story released a year or so later. This was the norm long before we started using the terms DLC and micro-transactions. In an interview with Prima Games
(yeah, the overly priced guides people) CD Projekt RED
confirms that Cyberpunk 2077
will feature an extensive and complete campaign at launch - with traditional expansions to follow.
Ala The Witcher 3's excellent Blood & Wine expansion
that presented a brand new story and fascinating land to explore. "We are talking about expansions in the future," Cyberpunk developer Alvin Liu tells Prima Games. "We want to make sure everything's complete, but we also want to build open worlds. I know when I was playing The Witcher 3 and I finished everything, I still want to know what everyone was up to. I think we're going to have opportunities like that as well for Cyberpunk 2077."
This is in reference to how the team at CD Projekt RED shifted post-launch support and content updates for the game from smaller pieces to the grand expansion, Blood & Wine, that resonated so strongly with fans. Alvin Liu is also quick to point out that the team is treating all post-launch stuff separate from the main game and isn't factoring that into the story it tells. "We're not withholding content, we're not withholding story for the future to try to, you know, monetize it or sell it in pieces or anything like that. You're going to get the whole, full value game here."
This is great news as we feel that large expansions and bits of story are the best way to continue adding to engaging open-world RPGs. From The Witcher 3 to what Bethesda did with Skyrim and the Dragonborn expansion.