CD Projekt Clarifies That Multiplayer Programmer Job Posting
A couple of days ago, CD Projekt made news with the posting of a job listing for a Multiplayer Programmer. The new hire would have his or her hands on two different projects, the upcoming Cyberpunk RPG, and a “RPG in a dark fantasy world”. This seemed to suggest rather clearly that Cyberpunk will have a multiplayer component (it isn’t as if that’s a huge shock of course.) However, not so fast, say CD Projekt. It turns out that the position isn’t quite as descriptive as it could have been.
Speaking to Eurogamer, CD Projekt Marketing honcho Michal Platkow-Gilewski clarified things a bit. Everything is still very conceptual at this point, and there’s no guarantee of anything. What they need, it seems is someone with experience working on multiplayer AND online infrastructure to figure out what will and what will not work for their upcoming games.
“This post should be named Multiplayer/Online Programmer,” Platkow-Gilewski said. “I don’t want to comment on what this guy will create, it’s way too early. We want to bring to the team someone experienced in this field to evaluate our concepts and ideas. He will be one of backbone elements of our R&D.”
Platkow-Gilewski added that “We believe that there’s still a lot of space for innovation in the RPG genre. At this stage of our games’ development, we want to explore all possible directions, check what would be cool, what’s feasible and – always the most important for us – what suits our games the best.”
So there you have it. No guarantee at all that either game Cyberpunk will have multiplayer. Which makes a kind of sense, as RPGs don’t typically have them, unless the letters M, M and O precede it. Still, a game like Cyberpunk practically begs for a decent multiplayer; at least, I know I would have killed for one in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which practically is a Cyberpunk game anyway.