Cyberpunk 2077 has no microtransactions, CDPR reiterates

By Heidi Nicholas,
CD Projekt Red has taken to Twitter to clear up some confusion about microtransactions in Cyberpunk. The devs reiterate that Cyberpunk 2077 won't have any microtransactions, and that only the Cyberpunk multiplayer, which is a separate project by itself, will have "some microtransactions."

In a recent CDPR conference call, Adam Kicinski responded to a question about microtransactions and how "aggressive" CDPR's strategy would be. Kicinski replied, "well, we’re never aggressive towards our fans! We treat them fairly and we’re friendly. So of course not – we won’t be aggressive – but you can expect great things to be bought. The goal is to design monetization in a way that makes people happy to spend money. I’m not trying to be cynical or hide something; it’s about creating a feeling of value. Same as with our single-player games: we want gamers to be happy while spending money on our products. The same is true for microtransactions: you can expect them, of course, and CP is a great setting for selling things, but it won’t be aggressive; it won’t upset gamers but it’ll make them happy – that’s our goal at least."

The Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account later cleared up confusion by reiterating that Cyberpunk 2077 is the single-player game, which will have "zero microtransactions," and only "one single purchase" when you buy the game. The Cyberpunk multiplayer/online is a "separate project" entirely and will have "some microtransactions," but the Cyberpunk team emphasises that they'll be "treating your money with respect."

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Back in January, the CDPR team discussed Cyberpunk multiplayer in another teleconference, and clarified that its mystery other AAA title was Cyberpunk multiplayer. Michal Nowakowski said that "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" and that "Cyberpunk Multiplayer" is just the codename for the project while it's in development. According to that January Q&A, we won't see Cyberpunk Multiplayer until after 2021. Nowakowski said, "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." Note that this was back when Cyberpunk was still expected to launch in September, so the multiplayer project might have been pushed back. Even in January, Kicinski added that "the release date of Cyberpunk Multiplayer will probably move beyond 2021."

There's more good news for the single-player game: CDPR says we can "expect more" from Cyberpunk 2077 post-launch than Witcher 3.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!