Some Cyberpunk 2077 fans are angry at developer CD Projekt RED for again officially confirming that it is working on an online multiplayer mode for the game. The studio confirmed its plans for multiplayer content yesterday on Twitter, also revealing that it is hiring for several new positions to come and work on it.
While some Cyberpunk 2077 fans were ecstatic at the possibility of getting to roam around Night City with friends, others were much less enthusiastic, responses on Twitter show. Under the official Cyberpunk 2077 tweets about multiplayer, there's a mountain of messages from people telling CD Projekt RED to scrap the idea. One Twitter user named Fogbrain is concerned that multiplayer will take away from Cyberpunk 2077's single player, despite CD Projekt RED having said that it plans to finish the single player development first. Other users said that games rarely have good single player and multiplayer modes and that they don't want to sacrifice story quality for multiplayer content.
I must be the only one in the world who doesn't want this, considering this probably took time and resources away from developing the single player experience further.— FOᏩBRAIN (@FogbrainArts) September 4, 2019
Unless this was just an outsource job..
Worst news possible. Please, don't waste your precious time and money with multiplayer.— Michael Frank (@MiJoFr) September 4, 2019
I've paid approx. 60€ in GTA Online .... I'm ready for it— Magemo 🦉 (@Magemo7) September 4, 2019
Some Cyberpunk 2077 fans, like Twitter user A. Khaled, says that there's "no way" that Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer mode won't include microtransactions. CD Projekt RED has said that it doesn't like microtransactions and it has also said that it won't be "greedy" with its game like other, unnamed game developers are. Things could have changed though, and that's what users like A. Khaled are worried about.
That Twitter user isn't the only one with doubts about how Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer content may be monetized. Several say that they don't want the game to turn out like Grand Theft Auto Online. GTA Online makes millions of dollars for Rockstar Games and parent company Take-Two but it has also been heavily criticized by fans for trying to get them to spend so much money. New content in that game is expensive and often makes players grind or spend huge amounts on microtransactions. Cyberpunk 2077 fans don't want that for the sci-fi RPG.
At this point, it's unclear which way things will go. CD Projekt RED will be creating this multiplayer content with an eye to making money but also for entertaining fans. These two things don't have to be mutually exclusive, but the studio will have to try hard not to upset players. Whatever its plans for Cyberpunk 2077 post-launch multiplayer, more will be revealed closer to the game's release date.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16, 2020 on PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.