After a catastrophic single-player release, CD Projekt is reconsidering their approach to the multiplayer version on Cyberpunk 2077.

17:34, 31 Mar 2021

CD Projekt was once regarded as developers that will make the gaming world reconsider everything that we have known by expanding the realms of possibility in the futuristic dystopia Cyberpunk 2077

However, beaten by the coronavirus pandemic and burden of tight deadlines with excruciating investor pressure, Cyberpunk's release went down with a splash, a swirl, and a flush. Now thought of as one of the most catastrophic flops gaming has ever seen, the developers one hope at revisiting the promised land was through the release of the online multiplayer update.

The multiplayer experience was set to be landing as a separate title of its own rather than an expansion of the single-player experience, coming later this year. However, amid the disastrous launch last time around and further tension with investors, the developers have been "reconsidering" their approach.

Speaking in a company strategy video published to YouTube CD Projekt's joint-CEO Adam Kiciński stated: "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."

"We are building an online technology that can be seamlessly integrated into the development of our future games."

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This approach, whilst overarching their other titles such as The Witcher, seemingly suggests that the multiplayer experiences will be integrated into the same games which have already been released. 

The likes of Grand Theft Auto have adopted this approach, showcasing that both the single-player and multiplayer versions of the games can run on the same disk. In comparison, The Elder Scrolls Online, made by Bethesda Studios, suffered a less than exemplary launch, given the popularity of games such as Skyrim

As CD Projekt look to get two hands back on the wheel and steer Cyberpunk 2077 back in the right direction, an integrated multiplayer launch may be just what they need to revamp sales and rid them from their rocky start.

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