CD Projekt Red continues to push forward despite a worldwide pandemic. Not only does the company plan on hitting the Cyberpunk 2077 September release date, but it will also announce its DLC that will match the size of The Witcher 3‘s before launch.
In a meeting with investors, CD Projekt president Adam Kiciński gives details about the upcoming DLC for Cyberpunk 2077. From one question, the translation reiterates a point mentioned last year about the game’s size as Kiciński said fans should “expect [expansion size] no less than Witcher 3.” To compare, The Witcher 3 had two major expansions: Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone. Playing through both would take about 30 to 40 hours, so expect each addition to Night City in the 10 to 20-hour mark.
The base game for The Witcher 3 clocks in anywhere around 70 to 100 hours, depending on how much of the side quests you are aiming to complete. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to hit a smaller runtime while having more replayability due to the many choices and various playstyles that are open for players. In an interview with studio co-founder Marcin Iwiński on PC Gamer, he reveals that due to shorter main quests, the company’s next big title will be shorter than its last.
“The definition of ‘many’ may vary on a title-by-title basis, but in our case it was always 50-60+ hours of the main story-line, with up to a couple of hundred of hours of side activities—if you really wanted to max out the title,” he said. “To me, this is a fair deal. You get what you paid for, plus we are always trying our best to overdeliver. There is no better PR than a happy gamer recommending your title to their friends.”
Based on the conversation between Kiciński and investors of CD Projekt Red, the DLC announcement could follow the format from The Witcher 3. All of the planned post-launch content was announced a week before the May 19, 2015 release date. So, expect to hear word on what is planned for the future of the upcoming sci-fi RPG anywhere between now and early September.
Nothing has been said yet about what we will see with the DLC. We do know multiplayer is planned for post-launch. Also, a series of free smaller add-ons and the previously mentioned bigger expansions will be out before the online. Expect to play with your friends in Night City by 2021 or 2022 due to this component coming out much later, and is being worked as a separate AAA project.