Posted by Evolve on Aug 28, 2018 | In: General News
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most talked about games from this past year, especially out of E3 2018. The Witcher series developer CD Projekt Red capped off Microsoft's E3 press conference with the game's first trailer, which was purely cinematic but nicely showed what kind of world we can expect from the open world action RPG. This trailer was only what the public at large saw, however. Behind closed doors, both at E3 and Gamescom, the developer showed actual gameplay footage to eligible people. Up until now, all we knew about it were the stories and impressions from those people. Thankfully, CD Projekt had a change of heart. After a very cryptic and mysterious code-filled screen on their Twitch channel, the gameplay footage was live-streamed and archived all over. It's a nice 48 minutes long, making it a perfect point for figuring out if Cyberpunk 2077 will be right for you.
The gameplay was chosen from near the beginning of the title, which allowed the devs to show off a better variety of gameplay sequences. Character creation is shown right from the get-go, as well as the game's first-person-shooter gunplay, exploration in the city, vehicle sections, and interacting with other characters. In Cyberpunk 2077, you play as V, a mercenary who must traverse through Night City's various districts taking on different jobs and shaping who he/she is. Night City is staggering to see in the trailer, serving as the game's detailed and intricate open world setting. CD Projekt Red became well known for the finer details in their games, especially the Witcher 3, and Cyberpunk's world looks to take this up by a large amount. This extends to the RPG aspects of the gameplay, as you can create V to be the kind of character you want him/her to be, which will also affect your role and abilities through the story. The first person perspective, new territory for CD Projekt, was chosen to add to the immersion and intensity.
Some of you might be wondering why they would even choose to reveal this footage in the first place? Director Adam Badowski explains their initial hesitation, stating that most of what's seen in the trailer is early assets and mechanics that might be subject to change. The trailer reminds viewers of this throughout it. Despite the hesitation on that front, and the desire to not commit to anything that's unfinished, the primary and simple reason for the footage's outing was high demand. A secret message was even slipped into the end of the trailer, asking players to provide feedback and thoughts on what they liked and didn't like; the reception has been highly positive so far. This hasn't stopped some from berating it despite the constant reminder that its early-phase footage, but CD Projekt is hopeful that this openness will be a good move.
This footage reveal comes just several days after the news dropped that the game is now fully playable from start to finish. What comes next is the immense amount of polish that CD Projekt wants in, so much so that they've stated: "Perfection takes time." It seems all but certain the title will make its way to current generation consoles, but as for when we'll see it? That's been a toss up between 2019 or 2020. Once Cyberpunk 2077 does release, you'll be able to play it on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One. From everything seen so far, 2077 is looking like a real dream game for RPG fans and Witcher fans alike. Due to the high amount of customization and choices throughout, no one person's playthrough might be exactly the same. You can view the gameplay trailer just below here, but make sure to set out a good chunk of time for it if you aren't skimming, due to its 48-minute length. Now that everyone's on the same level of what's been seen of Cyberpunk 2077, it'll be interesting to see how further information gets provided from here.