Plans for Cyberpunk 2077’s Multiplayer Mode Were Scrapped Following Its Chaotic Launch

Ever wonder about Cyberpunk‘s multiplayer mode, and why it never saw the light of day?

Developer CD Projekt Red has explained why Cyberpunk 2077‘s promised multiplayer mode was never released to the public. After a rough start in 2020, developers had to rethink their strategies because the game wasn’t as well received as they had hoped. Multiplayer wasn’t the priority for CD Projekt Red, and so, they worked to improve the single-player experience.

We really needed to look at what were the priorities for Cyberpunk [after it launched]. The priority was that the main experience will run for the people in a really good state. 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.'”

What this multiplayer game would have looked like is unknown, since CD Projekt Red kept the project’s specifics securely under wraps and rarely discussed it. Former president and CEO of CDPR, Adam Kicinski, said last year that the studio was “reconsidering” developing a Cyberpunk game with online multiplayer as a standalone product.

Previously we hinted that our next AAA would be a multiplayer Cyberpunk game but we have decided to reconsider this plan. Given our new, more systematic 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.”

With the release of Phantom Liberty in 2023, Cyberpunk 2077 will be in even better shape than it was at launch. There’s no doubt that the single-player experience is what drew people to the game, so it made perfect sense for CDPR to focus on improving that rather than adding a multiplayer mode.


Farhan Ali

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