Cyberpunk 2077 will be CD Projekt Red’s first game outside The Witcher universe, and its first foray into science fiction. Based on the Cyberpunk series of tabletop games, it is, as its name suggests, inspired by the pioneers of the cyberpunk subgenre – namely William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. We can therefore expect plenty of cyborgs, AI, benighted cities, and scary corporations.
While Cyberpunk 2077‘s very different in setting from The Witcher, we’ll see the same mature themes and unforgiving difficulty level in this new outing.
“The Witcher helped Cyberpunk quite a bit, because the game got so big and so complex that it really taught us,” visual effects artist Jose Teixeira told MCV. “If anything, working on The Witcher 3 was a really good and often brutal learning experience. Cyberpunk is going to benefit greatly from it. I can almost guarantee it.”
Here’s everything else we know about the game:
Cyberpunk 2077 News
CD Projekt Red is a confirmed attendee at E3 2018. A preview of the E3 director suggests they will be showcasing an RPG that will likely be Cyberpunk 2077. However, that hasn’t been confirmed at this time.
Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date
Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t have a release date at the moment. The game is coming to XBO, PS4, PC.
Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
It’s been three years since developer CD Projekt Red debuted the trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Cyberpunk 2077, and you’d have a hard time using what we’ve learned about the game in the meantime as breadcrumbs to trace your way back to that reveal. Considering that CD Projekt Red was still hard at work putting the finishing touches on The Witcher 3 during much of that time, many gamers didn’t think much of their radio silence. Now that The Witcher 3 is well and truly done, however, some are starting to worry that the game isn’t as far along as they may have hoped.
Here’s the first teaser trailer from 2013:
Cyberpunk 2077 Details
Adam Kiciński, president of CD Projekt Red, recently shared a little more information about Cyberpunk 2077.
Along with the usual comments regarding how Cyberpunk 2077 is a very technologically ambitious game, Kiciński stated that the team is theoretically “ready to interface with future generations” of gaming hardware. He also noted that the game will allow players to create their own characters and choose between various character classes. Previously, it had been suggested that the game wouldn’t utilize RPG character classes.
While Kiciński noted that the team is focused on delivering a single-player experience above all, he did note that the team is still interested in utilizing some kind of online component. Kiciński wouldn’t confirm, though, whether or not the studio is considering adding some kind of competitive multiplayer mode to the game or something a little different. However, the team does not plan to add any microtransactions to the game if it does end up featuring some kind of multiplayer option.
Finally, it doesn’t sound like there are any plans in place for a Switch version of Cyberpunk 2077. Sorry, Nintendo fans.
CD Projekt Red also spoke briefly about the scope of the upcoming sci-fi RPG at a seminar (via PCGamer). As the developer has said before, Cyberpunk 2077 will be much bigger than The Witcher 3, which is itself a HUGE fantasy RPG.
“Cyberpunk is our new Witcher 3, but even more ambitious,” CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski said. “Our goal is to establish a new blockbuster franchise from the beginning. We work [in a] new universe, futuristic universe. We believe it’s very appealing to players, not only RPG players — but this is [a] true RPG, like Witcher, like Witcher 3, for mature audiences. It’s handcrafted, detailed, of course, open-world, with open-ended gameplay.
Additional rumors have emerged which suggest that Cyberpunk 2077 might take place in a “living city” that functions on its own accord regardless of whether or not the player is actively involved in a certain area or not. The actions of this city will apparently be governed by a complex series of AI rules that will allow for developer CD Projekt Red to maintain the illusion of a truly dynamic world.
Furthermore, Cyberpunk 2077 may very well feature a complex multiplayer mode that involves the use of several technological tools and grants the developers have apparently applied for. When PC Gamer reached out to the developers for comment, they were told that CD Projekt Red have been applying for such tools but are not able to elaborate on their functionality at this time.
In a post on CD Projekt Red’s forums, the developers not only assured fans that the game is still being worked on, but revealed a rather shocking figure concerning the resources they are pouring into it.
According to the forum post made by the development team, there are “more game developers working on Cyberpunk 2077 than on The Witcher 3 in its most intensive month.” While the developer didn’t reveal the exact number of developers currently working on the game, previously revealed figures regarding the development of The Witcher 3 suggest that the game was worked on by over 240 staff developers and over 1,500 people in general.
Interestingly enough, the careers page of CD Projekt Red’s website suggests that they are still looking to fill somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 positions devoted exclusively to the development of Cyberpunk 2077.
While it’s clear that the developer’s work on the upcoming standalone Gwent game isn’t hindering their focus as it concerns completing Cyberpunk 2077, there is a bit of bad news that accompanies this information. We still don’t know exactly when Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be released, and its absence from last year’s E3 suggests that it’s not likely to debut until sometime after E3 2018 at the very earliest.
Either way, it’s still very likely that you’ve got enough uncompleted side missions in The Witcher 3 to keep you occupied until the game debuts.
“Cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before,” visual effects artist Jose Teixeira told MCV. “Far, far bigger. We’re really stepping into the unknown in terms of complexity and size and problems we encounter.”
Following a statement by developer CD Projekt Red regarding Cyberpunk‘s online elements and their “games as a service” approach, the studio has stepped forward to clarify that they do not currently intend to add microtransactions to the game.
“Worry not,” reads a post on the studio’s Twitter account. “When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 [The Witcher 3] — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.”
It’s still unclear what the games as service comment applies to, but it could just be a comment related to the possibility that Cyberpunk may feature expanded online modes. That makes sense given that the game is based on modern and futuristic technology as opposed to The Witcher 3‘s fantasy setting.