In the latest interview, CD Projekt Red Krakow boss John Mamais said that Cyberpunk 2077 won't have microtransactions on launch and won't add them in post-launch updates because players simply hate them.
CD Projekt Red's upcoming action RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is certainly one of the most, if not the most anticipated game in the last several years and one of the reasons for that is the relationship that the studio developed with the community over the years, during their The Witcher series.
CD Projekt Red are known for their storytelling and immersive experiences, but more importantly they are a consumer-friendly company who doesn't like microtransactions and exclusivity deals.
In the latest interview with Gamespot, CD Projekt Red once again made their stance clear and rejected any possibility of microtransactions in their upcoming title. John Mamais, who is the head of CD Projekt Red’s Krakow office, said some pretty harsh stuff about microtransactions in gaming.
According to Mamais, Cyberpunk 2077 won't add microtransactions in post-launch updates like some publishers do, in order to avoid negative reviews. Mamais made it clear that it's a bad idea to have this practice in a game because everyone hates these things and it's more important to preserve the goodwill of customers. Here's the full quote:
"I think it’s a bad idea to do microtransactions after you release a game. It seems like it’s very profitable, though," Mamais explained. "It’s probably a hard decision for the guy that runs the business to decide if we should do it or not. But if everyone hates it, why would we do something like that and lose the goodwill of our customers?"
He also said that players can expect post-launch updates but these will be very similar to The Witcher 3's free DLC with big paid expansions. "It worked pretty well for The Witcher 3. I don't see why we wouldn't try to replicate that model with Cyberpunk 2077. We're not talking about that yet, but it seems like that would be the smart way to go," Mamais explained.