“Everything Known About Cyberpunk 2077”
As the developer’s follow-up to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red’s ambitious Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the last few years. Although it’s been several years since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement, the game is almost here, and CD Projekt Red fans now know enough about its story and gameplay to hold them over until its release date.
The first Cyberpunk 2077 teaser trailer came out back in 2013 – before the launch of The Witcher 3 – after which there was a lengthy drought of information. It wasn’t until E3 2018 that fans got another look at Cyberpunk, this time in a full Cyberpunk 2077 cinematic trailer that introduced viewers to its hyper-violent Night City setting. CD Projekt Red also announced Cyberpunk 2077 was first-person, which likely made some The Witcher fans concerned about whether the developer could pull it off.
Since the E3 2018 trailer, though, CD Projekt Red has been more talkative, gradually revealing more details that eased some of those worries. Now, few elements of Cyberpunk 2077 are still in the dark. Here’s everything known about its release date, gameplay, and story.
After CD Projekt Red delayed Cyberpunk 2077 in January 2020, the game’s release date was moved from April 16, 2020, to September 17, 2020. A few days before the delay, Square Enix had delayed the Final Fantasy 7 Remake into April, making it one of the most absurdly packed months in gaming history, but the Cyberpunk delay spread things out again. When the delay was announced, CD Projekt Red said it would release more regular info drops about the game in the time leading up to its new release date, giving fans something to look forward to.
CD Projekt Red has put much emphasis on Cyberpunk 2077 as a choice-driven game. A lengthy Cyberpunk gameplay deep-dive video shown at PAX West 2019 detailed the playstyles possible with the game fluid skill-tree system. Players can create combat-focused “solo” characters that take down enemies with brute force, hacking-focused “netrunners” that use enemy tech against them, and more. It’s even possible to play Cyberpunk 2077 without killing anyone.
The PAX demo also revealed details about Cyberpunk 2077′s character creation. At the beginning of the game, players will first choose a background for their character (such as “Street Kid” or “Corporate”), then choose their character’s body type and customize their look. CD Projekt Red has said the game will feature more romance options than The Witcher, branching out beyond those games’ heterosexual relationships.
Fans interested in seeing more gameplay can check out the 48-minute Cyberpunk 2077 demo from 2018 below – though keep in mind that Cyberpunk 2077 is noticeably different from the 2018 footage, according to CD Projekt Red.
While both the 2018 and 2019 gameplay demos showed elements of Cyberpunk’s story – introducing characters like protagonist V and V’s friend Jackie, as well as factions like the Animals, Voodoo Boys, and NetWatch – the biggest reveals came in the Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 trailer. The trailer showed Jackie’s death after a heist gone wrong, followed by V being attacked and falling unconscious. The trailer then unveiled Keanu Reeves’ “breathtaking” appearance in Cyberpunk 2077. According to E3 2019 Cyberpunk details later revealed by CD Projekt Red, Reeves portrays Johnny Silverhand, a “digital ghost” that exists in V’s mind. Silverhand appears to be a byproduct of a mysterious microchip implanted in V’s head that supposedly contains the secret to immortality. Not much else is known about the central plot, but it will likely center around the mystery of Silverhand’s appearance, since Keanu Reeves’ character has the most NPC dialogue in the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 is slated to release on September 17, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
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