Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming RPG from CD Projekt RED, the makers of critically acclaimed The Witcher series. The developer has been working on this new game for half a decade and only now do we have a better idea as to what players will be able to do. Based on the pen-and-paper tabletop of the same name, this is one game you're going to want to keep an eye on.
Here's all we know about Cyberpunk 2077 so far.
What is Cyberpunk 2077?
The world of Cyberpunk is to be set in the futuristic metropolis of Night City, Northern California in the year 2077. The game itself will be an open-world RPG, much like The Witcher 3, based on the pen-and-paper tabletop Cyberpunk, created by Mike Pondsmith. It'll be familiar to anyone who is aware of the Blade Runner series of films. Think about cybernetic implants, advanced computer systems, and technology — essentially future stuff way beyond our current understandings.
Corporations have essentially taken over and are in open warfare. The government has collapsed and it's every man, woman, and child out for themselves. Then there are the mob gangs who believe in implants. Night City will feel alive with new busy crowd technologies the developer has built, but it's not all glamorous as the postcards would have you believe. There are going to be areas that will require wit and some diplomacy if you don't want to engage foes in combat.
What you'll do in Cyberpunk 2077
The player will control the character called V, who can be a male or female and customized as the player sees fit. You'll be able to name V with a forename and surname to really immerse oneself into the dystopian world. Your task is to carve out a piece of the pie for yourself, starting out as a mercenary working their way up the criminal career ladder.
There are no strict classes available, though three have been brought across from the tabletop game that can be adapted to the development of the character. While many classes from the tabletop version of Cyberpunk will be present in the game, the player will be able to develop V to take advantage of skills from Netrunner, Techie, and Solo. Depending on how you will approach quests, combat, dialogue, and the world of Cyberpunk, in general, will dictate which path you go down.
You can drive vehicles in the world of Cyberpunk.
CD Projekt RED is best known for creating immersive worlds, full of interesting characters, unique storylines and excellent experiences. This game will likely be indifferent. The team has taken its time with Cyberpunk 2077 and that can only mean we're in for a treat with a take on the Cyberpunk universe. There will be vehicles that can be driven, weapons that can be used to exterminate foes, and people to woo into romantic relationships.
As touched on in our hands-on with Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED is attempting to interconnect everything within the game. Should you wish to customize your UI, which is powered by an OS, you'll need to purchase an upgrade. An advert display you come across on your travels may allow you to download a questline. The developer has attempted to reward exploration in The Witcher 3 and it seems the same will be seen in Cyberpunk 2077.
Because of the setting, gunplay will play a part in Cyberpunk 2077, instead of swordplay. And abilities are going to kick some serious ass. You'll find yourself bending bullets around corners, gaining insight into enemy statistics, and much more. But again, how you choose to develop V is entirely down to personal preference and how you enjoy playing the RPG.
Will there be multiplayer?
Multiplayer features are said to be in testing for the game, though we do not know what they will be. CD Projekt RED continues to bang the drum that Cyberpunk 2077 is a single-player game first and foremost.
We'll keep you updated should further details be released.
When will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?
The game has been in the works for many years now, but CD Projekt RED has yet to speak of a release date. The studio has kept to its guns with the statement that it will be released "when it's done." Luckily, the developer is owned by CD Projekt, which has Gwent and GOG to help finance development and ensure that more than enough time is spent on quality assurance (QA) to get it just right.
The speculation is that Cyberpunk 2077 will hit stores in 2019 — not 2077 as some would jest. The game is available for preorder at some locations (Amazon has the Xbox One version listed for December 21, 2019 at $60 though both are unconfirmed), however, and will be released on PC and consoles.
Check out these resources to learn a little bit more about some aspects of the development and media released thus far.
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