CD Projekt Red has officially confirmed that there will be a multiplayer mode for the next game, but it wont come out till after the first DLC.
As recently as Gamescom last month CD Projekt Red still werent certain whether Cyberpunk 2077 would have multiplayer or not. When we spoke to them they said it was still under consideration but it seems like theyve finally decided that it will happen.
It wont be an option at launch though, when the game comes out next April, and it wont be the first DLC to be released either – with a single-player expansion planned beforehand.
Although theres no talk of a specific time frame that could very well mean no multiplayer until 2021 or even later.
2/2 The plan for now is to deliver Cyberpunk 2077 in April, then follow up with DLCs (free!) and single player content, and — once were done — invite you for some multiplayer action.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) September 4, 2019
The annoucement was made in a tweet in which CD Projekt Red also advertise for new developers to work on the mode, implying they havent got very far so far – despite previous reports suggesting they had a separate team dedicated to the option.
They also talk about free DLC as the first release after launch, which sounds like a similar approach to The Witcher 3, where various small bits of DLC were released before two major, paid-for, story expansions.
What form the multiplayer might take is not clear, as CD Projekt Red have little experience in that area – especially when it comes to their breed of action role-player.