Fans everywhere were in an uproar after the associated Twitter account for Cyberpunk 2077 tweeted for the first time in over five years. The message was simple - a beep heard around the world. Was this the awakening of the game we've all been waiting for?
*beep*— Cyberpunk Game (@CyberpunkGame) January 10, 2018
CD Projekt Red is rumored to be releasing the game any time between 2018 and 2021. The timeline doesn't come as a surprise to most. After all, the original teaser trailer was released more than four years ago. Since then, the production powerhouse has seen success in The Witcher 3, its expansions, and Gwent. CD Projekt Red announced the opening of a new studio in Poland to "bolster development," which might be just the push that Cyberpunk 2077 needed.
We've only received bits and pieces of information since the game was announced in 2012. But if the rumors are true, you can expect nothing less than a behemoth open world RPG.
Setting the scene for Cyberpunk 2077
The Cyberpunk universe is set in Night City, a dark metropolis sitting somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Cyberpunk was originally created as a pen and paper gaming concept by Mike Pondsmith, who wants you to know that Night City is still very much the same world. This perpetually rain-slicked town is glowing neon and coated in a delicious sci-fi aesthetic. The defining difference is that this game has been propelled more than 50 years into the future. After all, the year 2020 isn't as far off as it was when Night City was conceptualized.
All of the city's inhabitants speak a series of foreign languages in which you are apparently not fluent. You're on a mission to dive deep into the intricacies of these people, all while being sucked deeper into the dark layers of a conspiracy.
Throughout the town, a dystopian virtual reality tool called Braindance is allowing even the lowest of people to dip their toes into the lives of others. The tool is as useful for navigating your language barriers as it is a dangerous drug. If there's one message that Cyberpunk is surely trying to drive home, it's this - for every social problem that technology solves, two more are born.
Gameplay in Cyberpunk 2077
According to CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to be "a huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG." A wider breadth than The Witcher 3, this open world concept is an ultra-rich environment, filled with unique gameplay opportunities, layered quests, and a healthy dose of violence.
Gameplay will likely be in first or third-person perspective, all running on RedEngine 4.0, the latest edition of the technology that provided The Witcher 3 with such powerful gameplay. Players can also look forward to an ominous soundtrack developed by the same composer behind The Witcher 3, Marcin Przybylowicz.
Rumors have been circulating that Cyberpunk 2077 will include multiplayer features in addition to their single-player storyline, which has some critics raising eyebrows. In 2017, EA was under fire for the loot box features in Star Wars Battlefront 2. The game featured a repetitive multiplayer function that required, or encouraged, the purchase of loot crates or crystals, the in-game currency. The controversy led to an investigation by the Belgian Gaming Commission - was the player's ability to succeed dependant on in-game purchases?
CD Projekt Red has reassured fans that they're taking the time to get their multiplayer functionality right on the first take, without the commercial controversy. Even with the multiplayer features, there will still be hundreds of hours of single-player game time hidden within the open world of Night City.
.@PrettyBadTweets Worry not. When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 — 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.— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) November 19, 2017
When will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?
While we wait for more details to be released, we can only speculate as to what sort of quests will take place within the Cyberpunk universe. Until then, we'll rely on rumors, like the one that says the game may have a trailer released at E3 2018. Keep your fingers crossed for a private demo open to the press. We're looking forward to seeing more than just concept art for this long-awaited RPG.
Edited by Wolf