That disc you’re popping into your console, fresh out of its packaging and sporting that unmistakeable smell of hastily-ripped off plastic? It’s not just a game that you’ve bought. In all likelihood, it’s also a service platform designed to eke out a few bucks more from your pockets. 2017 has been the year of the loot box in the industry, but the writing has been on the wall for years now as publishers seek to make a bigger bank on their products.
There’s a buzz-term for that focus: Games as a service. It’s an idea wherein video games exist as a platform that can make cash beyond their initial sales push, providing a steady stream of income for months and even years to come. Some games actually do nail that idea, such as Destiny or Hitman’s episodic push. Other games end up looking downright predatory in their attempts, ala EA in 2017.
The point is, is that fans don’t want games as a service. They just want a game that they can sit back with and relax, content with the knowledge that they’re getting the full experience delivered to them. Such games on a grander high-budget level are a rarity now, but it’s a direction that The Witcher’s developers CD Projekt Red are remaining locked on. “Worry not. When thinking Cyberpunk 2077, think nothing less than The Witcher 3–huge single-player, open world, story-driven RPG,” the developer said in a tweet response to Pretty Good Gaming’s speculation about the direction of Cyberpunk 2077.
.@PrettyBadTweets Worry not. When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) November 19, 2017
The original tweet that CDPR replied to was speculating on an interview from Polish financial publication Strefa,says GameSpot. In that interview, CDPR mentioned making Cyberpunk a bigger commercial success than The Witcher 3, with an online element possibly being implemented to do this. Look, wanting to do better is always a given with game developers, so such a comment isn’t exactly anything out of the ordinary.
If there’s one thing that CDPR has managed to prove over the years, it’s that passion trumps everything. That actual love and dedication to creating the finest games without any strings attached and then letting said product stand on its own two feet? That’s what fans come back for and appreciate. There’s no solid release date yet for Cyberpunk 2077, but CDPR can take as long as they want with this project.
I’ve got a feeling that it’ll be worth the wait, and then some.
Last Updated: November 20, 2017