Of all the news and demos that dropped at E3 2018, the premiere of the brand new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer was one of the most hyped moments of the entire conference. From CD Projekt Red, the famed creators of The Witcher Series, comes this open world, narrative-driven role-playing game set in the universe of the classic pen and paper RPG system of Cyberpunk 2020. Cyberpunk 2020 released in 1990 as the second edition to the original Cyberpunk, which was published in 1988 by R. Talsorian Games.
Cyberpunk 2020 takes place in the year 2020 after the world has endured a socioeconomic collapse. For some, this storyline and time period may feel just a little too relevant at this point in time, kind of The Handmaid's Tale of role-playing games. The United States is now completely reliant on mega-corporations to survive and maintain some shaky semblance of order. The RPG characters classes are referred to as "roles", but are similar to the character classes of Cyberpunk 2077. Night City, the setting of the original Cyberpunk series of games, is also the setting of Cyberpunk 2077.
From CD Projekt Red:
"The game follows the story of V — a hired gun on the rise in Night City, the most violent and dangerous metropolis of the corporate-ruled future. A robust character creator will allow players to choose V’s gender, visual appearance, character class, as well as historical background — all of which may influence the shape of the game.
With dozens of hours of main story arc quests, and many more of additional activities, there’s always something to see and do in Night City. Players will experience all of it entirely through V’s eyes, with an interactive dialogue system that gives them greater narrative agency."
Details surrounding the exciting new open world RPG popped up throughout E3, and a gameplay demo clarified many of the details. During Gamespot's E3 Stage Show, CD Projekt Red's Kyle Rowley explained why the creators chose a first-person perspective to tell Cyberpunk 2077's in-depth narrative story. According to Rowley, the highly detailed nature of the visuals was the reason for the gameplay choice:
"We're spending a lot of time on this very detailed cyberpunk world set in Night City," he said. "It's all handcrafted, there's a lot of atmosphere. We really want players to feel this depression and the fact that these mega-corporations are kind of stamping down on people's lives. To really showcase that and immerse the player in that world we decided the first-person perspective was the best way to do it."
Cyberpunk 2077 also takes advantage of the popularity of a choice-based narrative, something that CD Projekt Red is known for in their games. In addition to a first-person shooter style experience, players will find themselves immersed in the world of Night City and their choices for their character will affect the way the game unfolds. Every action has a consequence, and because you are not given a choice of character roles at the very beginning of the game, one can hypothesize that this may be affected, as well. At the very least, your choices surrounding your character will influence the game somewhat. Not only is this type of character customization a way to draw in a wide range of players, but it maximizes the game's replay value.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Watch the Cyberpunk 2077 Official E3 Trailer: