CD Projekt Red were very vocal about Cyberpunk 2077 being free from microtransactions. However, this will not be entirely the case as the multiplayer part of the game will have these systems, although it may not be time to panic just yet.
Cyberpunk 2077 will seemingly not be entirely free from microtransactions after all. According to the financial teleconference recently held by Piotr Nielubowitz, CDPR's Vice President of finances, and Adam Kicinski, CDPR CEO, Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer is in early stages of development.
The confirmation of the multiplayer development is a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. CDPR are apparently not getting ahead of themselves here though, as they are well aware of this being their first multiplayer project. The developers are, therefore, experimenting with many things, including the potential monetisation options.
At the 23:44 mark in the , you will hear the question about monetisation in CP2077 being asked and the answer regarding the microtransaction is at 27:23. While appearance of microtransactions in Cyberpunk 2077 is certainly alarming, the red flags are watered down a bit, due to two things.
First, CD Projekt Red's marketing motto about the game containing no microtransactions likely predated the intention to create multiplayer at all, since the mode is in early development as of late November 2019, when the teleconference happened. Therefore, CDPR did not deceive the audience initially since singleplayer will still be microtransaction-free, as was originally planned.
Secondly, according to CDPR, the microtransactions will not change the company's core way of doing things. The CDPR specifically stated that there will be no changes to "general policy towards deals with gamers" and to "expect wise monetisation and always value for money", hinting we will be getting items worth the dough and not $1 red dot sights.
This is not impossible to pull off. After all, Riot Games made League of Legends one of the most popular games in the world on the back of high quality cosmetics that players gladly paid for.