CD Projekt Red says it leaves "greed to others," assuring gamers that they'll get their money's worth with Cyberpunk 2077.
This comes hot on the heels when company CEO Adam Kiciński said that the upcoming title will have a "certain online element" for a "long-term success," which got people asking whether or not it'll have transactions similar to mobile games' pay-to-win model.
No Need To Worry
During an interview with Strefa Inwestorow, Kiciński's comments sparked discussions online such as on Reddit, particularly the bit about Cyberpunk 2077 "being commercially even more significant" than The Witcher.
From there, it was only a matter of time before more and more people picked up on the topic, and when the YouTube channel Pretty Good Gaming did, it made a clip analyzing the statements and posted it on Twitter.
Catching wind of the video, CD Projekt Red had this to say:
.@PrettyBadTweets Worry not. When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) November 19, 2017
CD Projekt Red Isn't Pulling A 'Battlefront II'
Plainly, the Cyberpunk 2077 developer just confirmed that it's sticking with how it has always delivered its games since The Witcher — expansive single-player content with a well-written story to back it up.
However, that's not all there is to it, as it sounds like it's taking a shot at others who push out games that rely on microtransactions to make huge profits, saying there's "no hidden catch."
Presumably, that's targeted at EA and how it handled Star Wars Battlefront II. That led up to a huge controversy surrounding loot boxes, and EA was forced to disable microtransactions for the game after user backlash, but it's turning it off only temporarily.
In short, CD Projekt Red implies that Cyberpunk 2077 won't have microtransactions or anything like it, but it's still unclear how the online aspect will be integrated into the RPG.
The Bottom Line
The whole hubbub with EA and Star Wars Battlefront II is arguably the reason why gamers were worried about Kiciński's comments on Cyberpunk 2077, but CD Projekt Red has guaranteed that the upcoming RPG won't shortchange players.
In other related news, the company reassured fans that development of the game is "progressing as planned" after it saw some of them getting worried about the project. That just goes to show that it's pulling out all the stops to continue as being one of the friendliest developers in the industry.