Back in January, developer CD Projekt Red announced that the release date of its upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077 had been delayed to September 2020. Since then, fans have been wondering how this might affect the game’s multiplayer component, if at all. Below, we’ll go over what we know so far about Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer so that you know what to expect when the game launches later this year.
Will Cyberpunk 2077 Have Multiplayer?
If you haven’t been keeping up with all the Cyberpunk 2077 details lately, you may be wondering whether the futuristic RPG will have multiplayer and what that aspect of the game will look like. The short answer is yes, Cyberpunk 2077 will have a multiplayer component. However, the developers are treating multiplayer mode as its own project that will release separately from the main game. What multiplayer mode will look like also remains to be seen.
Back in September 2019, the official CD Projekt Red Twitter account confirmed that multiplayer was “in the works” in a tweet looking to hire game designers. The tweet continued by saying that the plan is to “invite you for some multiplayer action” after the release of Cyberpunk 2077 and its DLC content.
2/2 The plan for now is to deliver Cyberpunk 2077 in April, then follow up with DLCs (free!) and single player content, and — once we’re done — invite you for some multiplayer action.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) September 4, 2019
Cyberpunk 2077 has since been delayed, but so far it’s safe to assume that this is still the plan and that players shouldn’t expect multiplayer at launch. In fact, we likely won’t see Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer component until more than a year after the game’s release. During a recent conference call with investors, CD Projekt Red publishing lead Michał Nowakowski stated that they are treating the game’s multiplayer component as its own triple-A release.
“In terms of multiplayer, one thing we need to make clear is that the AAA release we’re working on in parallel with CP2077 is Cyberpunk Multiplayer,” said Nowakowski. “So, given the expected release of Cyberpunk 2077 in September and the series of events which we expect to occur after that date, 2021 appears unlikely as the release date for Cyberpunk Multiplayer.”
Later in the same conference call, joint-CEO of CD Projekt Red Adam Kiciński reiterated the release window for multiplayer while responding to a separate question. “The release date of Cyberpunk Multiplayer will probably move beyond 2021,” said Kiciński. Given this, the earliest we can expect to get our hands on the game’s multiplayer is 2022.
So, while there will be a multiplayer mode in Cyberpunk 2077, don’t expect to play it anytime soon. What the game’s multiplayer mode will look like is still unknown at this point. Cyberpunk 2077 will release on September 17, 2020. Be sure to check back here as we get closer to launch for more details and updates.