Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red has had months of controversy due to its long development cycle and botch launch, as the game was initially riddled with bugs, and glitches and generally presented an underwhelming game that failed to live up to the hype surrounding it. While things have gotten better for the game over the years with several patches and updates, Cyberpunk 2077 still missed the mark of creating that immersive experience that fans of the cyberpunk theme were looking. CD Projekt Red announced several months back that they had several plans to continuously update the game with new content such as expansions and DLC, but new information has come out, suggesting that CDPR’s plans may be scaled back to a tremendous degree.
In a post made over on reddit’s r/pcgaming board, a leak from CD Projekt Red’s Q1 FY22 Investor’s Call has revealed details regarding the future of Cyberpunk 2077. As stated by Adam Kicinski, a member of CDPR board, their plans for the game have been cut short due to their latest deal with Epic Games to switch their future development plans from their in-house REDEngine to Epic’s Unreal Engine 5. Thus, Cyberpunk 2077 will only be receiving one major expansion sometime in 2023, and will be the last game from CDPR that will use REDEngine technology. They will also be abandoning their previous DLC plans to include a multiplayer feature in the game.
While the announcement comes as a shock to some, it also comes as an expected turn of events to others, as CDPR seems to be shifting most of their development efforts into working on the latest entry in the Witcher series. The change in gaming engines could serve as a way to streamline game development for future projects as a whole, but many Cyberpunk 2077 can’t help but feel abandoned as the game barely got off the ground. While there currently is no official announcement regarding the solo expansion, some fans may still be holding out that the future for this game will not be as bleak as the leak makes it out to be.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available for Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG.com, and Google Stadia.