In the wake of CD Projekt Red pushing Cyberpunk 2077 back a few months, the studio is also updating expectations for other projects in the Cyberpunk universe. During a conference published today, the studio says that a 2021 release date appears "unlikely" for a multiplayer experience.
Michał Nowakowski, a CD Projekt board member and senior VP of business development, responded to an investor question about the multiplayer mode and whether it would also be delayed.
"Given the expected release of Cyberpunk 2077 in September, and frankly speaking, the series of events which we expect to occur after that date, 2021 appears unlikely as a release date for the Cyberpunk multiplayer," Nowakowski says.
While we haven't seen much of a multiplayer mode or game around Cyberpunk 2077, some form of multiplayer was confirmed to be in R&D in a 2018 Eurogamer interview with quest designer Patrick Mills.
"We have multiplayer in R&D, but the game we're shipping to you, the game you're going to buy is the single-player experience," Mills told Eurogamer. "That's really what we're concentrating on now, the single-player RPG experience. That's what we want to nail down before we start looking at any of these other things."
Then, in September of last year, CD Projekt Red confirmed it was moving ahead with multiplayer development. The plan was to add it after CDPR was done supporting Cyberpunk 2077's post-launch DLC. Now, with Cyberpunk 2077 pushed further back, that throws the schedule a bit off.
Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed from April to September 17, 2020 by CD Projekt Red today, citing a need for more playtesting and polish before launch. Though the studio says the game is currently playable, it states that it wants Cyberpunk 2077 to be its "crowning achievement for this generation," so it will be taking a few extra months to ensure that happens.