After years of wait, CD Projekt RED finally pulled back on the curtains of their upcoming mega-project, Cyberpunk 2077. While we didn’t get any gameplay, the released trailer offers a bunch of hidden info to gather. Keeping in mind that the only previous marketing they’ve done is the teaser released in 2013, let’s dive into it!

Night City, California. Year 2077.
The world is broken. MegaCorps manage every aspect of life from the top floors of their sky-scraping fortresses. Down below, the streets are run by drug pushing gangs, tech hustlers, and illegal braindance slingers. The in-between is where decadence, sex and pop culture mix with violent crime, extreme poverty and the unattainable promise of the American Dream.
You are V, a cyberpunk. In a world of cyberenhanced street warriors, tech-savvy netrunners and corporate life-hackers, today is your first step to becoming an urban legend.
This is a ton of new information about the game! We finally learn who we’ll play as, and in what role. As seen in the trailer, we saw CDPR show off this awesome future, kinda similar to that of last year’s Blade Runner 2049. Being a devout cinephile, I absolutely loved that film, and it has stuck with me ever since I left the theater. Now, getting a game that is at least partly similar to that movie, gives me enough hype to go on.

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077

The game has been described as an open-world RPG, where you’ll be able to carve out a story for yourself. Seeing as the game’s developed by CD Projekt RED, the same guys who made The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it’s not hard to see the immense hype surrounding it. Gamers around the world have been dying to get any scrap of information they can get on it, and the new trailer certainly gave us a lot of clues. I’m not talking about what was shown in the trailer. I’m talking about what wasn’t, or rather, not shown completely. Early on, we get a message from CDPR themselves about the state of the current game:

What We Learned from Cyberpunk 2077 trailer
Here’s what we learned from the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer
If it’s hard to read, that’s probably because the studio wanted you to work for it. Nevertheless, here’s a transcript of this huge info dump:

It’s been over 2077 days since we annound our plan to develop Cyberpunk 2077. We released a CGI trailer, gave some interviews and… went dark. Normal procedure for these kinds of things – you announce a game and then shut up, roll up your sleeves, and go to work. We wanted to give you The Witcher 3 and both expansions first, which is why this period of staying silent was longer than we planned. Sorry for that.

As soon as we concluded work on Blood and Wine, we were able to go full speed ahead with CP2077’s pre-production. But we chose to remain silent. Why? At some point, we made a decision to resume talking about the game only when we have something to show. Something meaningul and substantial. This is because we do realise you’ve been (im)patiently waiting for a very long time, and we wouldn’t like anyone to feel that we’re taking this for granted. On the contrary – it gives us a lot of extra motivation. The hype is real, so the sweat and tears need to be real too :).

But, to the point. Today is the day. If you’re seeing this, it means you saw the trailer – our vision of Cyberpunk, an alternative version of the future where America is in pieces, megacorporations control all aspects of civilised life, and gangs rule th rest. And, while this world if full of adrenaile, don’t let the car chases and guns mislead you. Cyberpunk 2077 is a true single player, story-driven RPG. You’ll be able to create your own character and…, well, you’ll get to know the rest from what we show at our booth at E3. Be on the lookout for the previews!

Before we finish, you probably have some questions, right?

1. When?

When we told you we would only release the game when it’s ready, and we meant it. We’re definitely much, much closer to a release date than we were back then :), but it’s still not the time to confirm anything, so patience is still required. Quality is the only thing that drives us – it’s beauty of being an independent studio and your own publisher.

2. How big?

Seriously big, but…, to be honest, we have no bloody clue at this point in time. Once we put it all together, we will openly tell you want you can expect. And we promise we’ll do this before we start talking about any pre-orders or ask anything of you.

3. Free DLC/Expansions/DRM?

Expect nothing less than you got with The Witcher 3. As for DRM, CP2077 will be 100% DRM-free on PC.

4. Microtransactions?

In a single player role-playing game? Are you nuts?

Once again, thank you for your patience. If you have a minute, do visit cyperpunk.net and share your opinion (about anything) with us. We read everything you post and we treat it very seriously.

Yours,

CD PROJEKT RED Team

Naturally, it’s easy to see just how passionate the developers at CDPR are. After all, they’ve been working on this game for years! The development cycle has been somewhat similar to Rockstar Studios’ Grand Theft Auto V. And look how that turned out to be. Pretty good we’d say.

Cyberpunk 2077 stealth mechanics
Cyberpunk 2077 stealth mechanics (?)
CDPR right now is one of the most beloved game developers around. And that shows in the love and care they put in their games. After hours of playing Witcher 3, we’re still finding new things in there. It’s a testament to a great open world game. We expect CDPR to reveal some gameplay footage at their booth this E3. While they’ve acknowledged that the game is still not finished, one can guess that it will come out sometime in 2019 at the earliest. The only thing to do now is to wait.
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