Cyberpunk 2077 will not be on any subscription-based platforms like the Xbox Game Pass. CD Projekt Red reiterated that their AAA title will be available everywhere.
Nobody expects that Cyberpunk 2077 will be on the Game Pass for a reason. Subscription passes like the Xbox Game Pass allows unlimited games played for $5. Adding it to the service will give CDPR a ton of missed opportunities in sales.
CP2077 is one of the most anticipated titles today
CP2077 is one of the most anticipated titles of the last few years. Players hyped the game since its first reveal back in 2012. The game stayed in development for eight years, resulting in a polished title players are expecting.
One of the hallmark details for the game outside its stunning visual design is the community. Fans are clamoring for the game and are patient with every step.
CD Projekt Red has reciprocated with good community engagement too. Now that the game is near its release date, any shenanigans at this point will be catastrophic.
In a recent tweet, game journo Jeff Grubb mused about third-party console exclusives. Grubb noted that, if Microsoft wanted, they could disrupt the entire industry right now. They can try to make CP2077 a third-party exclusive and pay CDPR upfront.
I don't know. Let's just use Cyberpunk as an example. MS pays to get it on GP day one, but it's still available on Stadia, PC, and PlayStation for $60. And Microsoft doesn't have to pay to replace the missed revenue from PS — only Xbox. And maybe only for three months.
— talkin' bout Grubbsnax (@JeffGrubb) July 9, 2020
While it’s obviously a hypothetical, it’s quite an interesting idea. There were stories around the grindhouse in May that Microsoft was going to get Cyberpunk on the Game Pass. CD Projekt Red shut this rumor down immediately.
CDPR shoots down all speculations
Lead PR manager for CD Project Red Radek Grabowski killed off the speculation as soon as possible. In a reply, Radek noted that there are “no Game Pass plans for Cyberpunk 2077.” This answer makes sense for many reasons.
You have to pick another example, Jeff. No Game Pass plans for Cyberpunk 2077.
— Radek ♠︎ (@gamebowski) July 10, 2020
Players from all platforms are vehemently waiting for the game. Fans showed positivity and hype for the game, and CDPR is looking to pay that back. No amount of money will likely convince the studio to wall off their game.
There’s also the idea of sales. The game will get a ton of sales, no matter what they do.
The profits it will generate will likely eclipse anything Microsoft is willing to pay for at this point. Microsoft and CD Projekt Red can expect furor if any shenanigans happen now.
Cyberpunk 2077 will come out on November 19 this year. The game will be available for the next-gen consoles in 2021. Anyone who buys the game for the PS4 and Xbox One will get a free upgrade for the next generation.
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