CDProjektRED’s Cyberpunk 2077 Blowout
by Sage Ashford
It seems impossible that CDPR’s next game, Cyberpunk 2077, was announced over half a decade ago, with the first teaser trailer coming out at the start of 2013, but it’s true. It isn’t like the company responsible for making the gold standard in open-world RPGs in the aftermath of releasing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hasn’t been busy; in the fall of 2015 they released their first expansion to The Witcher 3 in Hearts of Stone, then in the spring of the following year they released the second, Blood and Wine. Both of these expansions were sizable, with Blood and Wine adding an entirely new area to the already massive game. Then in the fall of 2016, the company introduced the world to Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, a full-fledged spin-off game based on the card game that was so popular in their RPG.
The only thing they’ve been decidedly quiet about was their “next” big game, Cyberpunk. Fans tried to find as much information as they could as to the status of the game, searching the company’s financials and job listings to see what they could come up with, but largely turned up nothing. It wasn’t until this past E3 that fans finally got to see the results of the company’s progress, with Microsoft closing out their show with a decent length trailer of the game based on the popular pen-and-paper RPG.
Still, when it came to gameplay, fans were left in the dark. Though journalists at the convention were treated to a behind closed doors demo of the title, no actual gameplay was exposed to the fans until now. In the wake of Gamescom, CDPR decided to unveil a massive, nearly fifty minute reveal of the long-awaited title.
The reveal provides a truly in-depth look into the world of Night City, a massive metropolitan area ruled by megacorporations. Playing as V, you’ll navigate your way through this world trying to stay alive in one of the most dangerous cities in America. Over the course of the demo, CDPR runs players through most of a mission questline, where every major choice you make seems to have a different outcome. They show V’s apartment, her massive city like apartment complex, a bit of Night City itself, and both some lower and upper level enhancement upgrades. This is about as much as we’re going to get of this title, short of them actually releasing the game.
Supposedly already playable from start to finish, it really looks like this game isn’t too far from release, but who knows? They could easily spend another year getting polished, and for now any excited fans should still set their sights on a Spring 2020 release date, as the company seemed quite adamant in explaining this game is very much a work in progress still.