“We want to experiment in new fields that were not yet explored in the Witcher. I can’t say much about Cyberpunk, although our ambitions are set really high because that is our style of work. We want to go even higher, and especially seeing how we’re having a business chat, we’re interested in Cyberpunk being commercially even more significant.”
“Online is necessary, or very recommended if you wish to achieve a long-term success. At some point, we have mentioned that there will be a certain online element related to Cyberpunk.”
“Multiplayer is strategically important, playing online is strategically important, because we want to have a commercial leg for service type games, games which generate stable income, period to period, which are built. Of course, every game ends after a number of years, some service type games function even after 10 years, but outside our main source of income, meaning big names, it’s building a stable source of income. And in the future, we can imagine a lot of connections between big games and service type games – We have to acknowledge it, it is obvious.”
Red flags...so many red flags...
- "busines chat"
- "commercially even more significant"
- "online is necessary"
- "source of stable income"
- "service type games"
If CD Projekt Red are seriously thinking about putting horrible business practices in Cyberpunk, I'm probably going to stop buying new games altogether.
Left Steam mainly due to these practices...hopefully GOG isn't going to go down the same route.
Plus, can you imagine the shitstorm? I'd imagine a LOT of gamers are going to have huge expecations for Cyberpunk, myself included. How can we not? Witcher 3 blew the whole industry apart and set the bar on so many levels.
[LIGHT GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5 SPOILERS BELOW]
If CD Projekt Red tries something shady, like gambling loot boxes or some other kind of dodgy season pass deals for the sake of money, I'd imagine that fans would feel the same way Jon Snow felt when he was betrayed at Castle Black. I can picture it now.
CD Projekt Red leads the fans outside, all of whom are very excited for Cyberpunk 2077 and with plenty of trust. At first, things seemed well, until they approached the community announcement pinned to the wall.
"RNG Microtransactions, Season Passes, DRM-Required etc"
The community then turns around in confusion, only to have the investors of CD Projekt Red promptly stab each of them through the gut, and uttering "For the cash" with each lunge, over and over. Eventually, the trust, the love, respect and adoration from the company falls down and supposedly dies, along with the fans themselves.
I'm excited for Cyberpunk 2077, but I'm not excited for terrible corporate business practices.
Either the game, it's DLC, business model and in-game content are of the same quality/value as the Witcher 3, or I won't be buying it at all. Hopefully the game turns out great and dosen't follow the same route taken by EA, Ubisoft or Activision...*fingers crossed*