CD Projekt Red have seen massive growth since they released The Witcher 3, and while they do have publishing capabilities, they don't seem to be big enough to distribute Cyberpunk 2077 so they're partnering up with other publishers.
CD Projekt Red are delivering exhilarating gaming experiences in part due to not having publishers nagging them about a release date. They develop and publish their own games for the most part, but the world is a big market, so they do partner up from time to time with the big boys in entertainment industry.
This was the case with The Witcher 3 when they partnered up with Warner Bros. for distribution across North America, and then later on again for Cyberpunk 2077. Similar story will be repeated with Europe, as Bandai Namco will be Cyberpunk 2077's publisher for 24 countries.
They will be distributing the game across Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Some fans were initially startled that this would mean microtransactions and other predatory practices due to a third party publishing the title, but there is no evidence to that claim so far. CD Projekt Red have previously stated they have no intention of introducing these to Cyberpunk 2077, on several occasions.
To top it off, as we stated previously, Warner Bros. and Bandai Namco partially published The Witcher 3, which was hailed as the saviour of modern era gaming industry due to not having microtransactions, loot boxes or other unwanted monetisation trends.
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Considering that CD Projekt Red currently don't seem to be interested in pre-orders either, it is safe to say that the most wanted game of 2018 will not be a subject to any predatory practices. On the other hand, it remains to be seen whether we will get the fidelity from gameplay demo in the final product, as it does look a little bit too much for the consoles of current generation to handle.