Yesterday's Cyberpunk 2077 delay also revealed more information about the short-term future of developer CD Projekt Red. As well as confirming that developers will be required to crunch on the game over the next few months, a Q&A session with co-CEO Adam Kicinski and board member Michał Nowakowski revealed that the studio's next game is also likely to be delayed.
That game, as it happens, is Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer content. Nowakowski said that "one thing we need to make clear is that the AAA release we're working on in parallel with Cyberpunk 2077 is Cyberpunk multiplayer." The studio confirmed that it was looking into multiplayer back in September, but had already stated that the mode wouldn't be releasing alongside the main game. It wasn't clear until now that multiplayer was its own game, but it's looking like we won't be playing that for a while yet - Nowakowski says that "2021 appears unlikely as the release date for Cyberpunk multiplayer."
That's likely to mean a significant wait for the next chunk of Cyberpunk, but it's also bad news for fans of CDPR's other big franchise. Many had assumed that this unnamed RPG project related to The Witcher, but not only does that no longer appear to be the case, Kicinski didn't provide comment on the studio's next projects after Cyberpunk. As a big ol' Witcher fan, this is devastating news, but it's also a little surprising - with the spike in attention that the games have received in the wake of the Netflix series, a new game seems like a slam-dunk, but I wouldn't expect to hear more from Geralt and co until 2024 at the very earliest.