It took more than 9 hours of code live streaming on Twitch channel until we finally had our big reveal from the developer CD Projekt Red. Namely, thousands of people watched letters and numbers being typed on the screen and anticipated what could it all mean in the end. Everyone started speculating that CD Projekt Red is preparing something big by creating all this media hype and that it has to do something with their upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077.
Not only were they right, but it was more than anyone had expected because after 9 hours and 2 minutes, the live stream of code turned into a 48-minute demo walkthrough of the Cyberpunk 2077 – the gameplay was finally revealed. Soon enough there were over 9 million viewers enjoying the first glimpses at the gameplay of one of the most exciting titles we’ll get to play. This gameplay demonstration was previously available as media-exclusive material at the E3 2018 where it was also announced that the game will be developed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, besides Microsoft Windows.
Cyberpunk 2077 is based on the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020 and set in the dystopian world of Night City in California. This is a first-person RPG where the player will take the role of V, a mercenary who has to complete missions in order to upgrade. Night City is an open world and you can interact with NPCs and use branching dialogues which will then send the story in certain directions. Even the way you customize your character can influence the storyline, and the options you have are plentiful. From basic ones like choosing the gender to tattoos and piercings, you can decide upon the tiniest detail on your character.
The Polish developer CD Projekt Red has built its reputation on the Witcher series. They started working on Cyberpunk 2077 right after wrapping up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine. At this time, they also started upgrading REDengine 3 so it would better fit Cyberpunk 2077 project. They received $7 million dollars of subvention from the Polish government which helped them to use REDengine 4, instead. For now, the single-player mode is a priority, although multiplayer is not excluded from development.
The marketing and promotional materials are in full force and they look fantastic. The website alone looks like something that came straight from the game, and this publicity stunt with a live stream of the code worked like a charm to attract attention.
Although CD Projekt Red didn’t give any release date, it may be by 2019 due to the grant from the Polish government which certainly comes with a deadline. Also, the fact that they are developing the title for PlayStation 4 also gives a hint of possible 2019 release, as this console may be replaced in 2020 some rumors say.
We really hope that 2019 is the year when we’ll get to play Cyberpunk 2077 since the narrative, gameplay, graphics and overall atmosphere in the game seem amazing. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that the final release won’t disappoint in the end cause this might be the title that will raise the bar for all other developers.