What’s going on with Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer gameplay? No one knows for sure, and CD Projekt RED won’t give further details.
In 2017, we predicted Cyberpunk 2077 would have online multiplayer. Then in 2020 CD Projekt RED confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer is comingdescribing the game as a big AAA release.
Now those plans are evolving. CD Project a canceled all future multiplayer development in Cyberpunk 2077’s RED Engine and made a $4.9 million write-off on the technology. Instead, CD Projekt will now use Unreal Engine 5 for its multiplayer ambitions.
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In a recent earnings callinvestors and analysts directly asked CD Projekt management whether or not the multiplayer game was canceled.
Game executives played coy and dodged questions.
The second question – you acknowledged a write-off on REDengine regarding multiplayer features, but on the other hand, in previous conferences you said you were going to work on online elements in Cyberpunk. Does this mean that you have abandoned inline element development in CP?
Adam Kicinski, President of CD Projekt Group:
“I’ll take the second one. We’re now switching our multiplayer business from REDengine to UE. After signing a license and partnership agreement with Epic, we got access to the multiplayer solutions available in UE – so as a result, we’ve given up further work on adding multiplayer functionality to REDengine and corresponding expenses to date have been reallocated from capital to other operating expenses.
Given that the game’s first expansion won’t be released until 2023, Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer mode might still be a long way off. It could be cancelled, it could be restarted, or it could be so far away that CD Projekt isn’t ready to commit to more details yet.