CD Projekt Red studio head John Mamais said that Cyberpunk 2077 won’t include microtransactions, and condemned the approach as ‘a bad idea’ (via PCGamesN).
GameSpot were chatting with Mamais at PAX Australia, and he affirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will follow in the same steps as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The games are ‘huge story-driven role-playing’ experiences ‘without any micro-payments whatsoever, without any hidden things whatsoever’. The studio head had a little extra to say about microtransactions as a practice in the industry, though.
‘I think it’s a bad idea to do microtransactions after you release a game. It seems like it’s very profitable, though,’ said Mamais. ‘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?’
Microtransactions certainly are a contentious topic, as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward knows all too well. They are a money-spinner, though, as Fortnite’s in-game purchases increased on an average of 110 per cent per month from November 2017 through May 2018.
Cyberpunk 2077 launches April 16, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.