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Cyberpunk 2077 – PS5 and Next-Gen Xbox Update
Despite not actually having a lot of news to go on about Cyberpunk 2077 at this point, it looks like we could still be playing the sci-fi RPG in years to come.
CD Projekt Red’s Piotr Nielubowicz and Adam Kiciński recently spoke at the Pareto Securities Gaming Seminar 2018 event (you can read more about that below, too), and part of what they said may nod to the future of console gaming.
Part of the presentation the duo offered to explain the game to eager onlookers detailed something important: that it would be built on current and ‘next generation’ technology.
That means we could see a cross-generation release for the game, seeing an initial launch on PS4 and Xbox One, but then coming to whatever Microsoft and Sony do next, too.
The downside of this? It means we’re certainly not going to see the game launch soon – anything cross-gen tends to come towards the end of a game console’s life cycle… and the PS4 and Xbox One certainly have some life in them yet.
You can see the seminar this is mentioned in here.
Want to know more? Keep reading to discover everything we know about Cyberpunk 2077 so far…
Cyberpunk 2077 – Overview
Publisher: CD PROJEKT RED
Developer: CD PROJEKT RED
Format: To be announced
Release date: To be announced
Cyberpunk 2077 – What is it?
Cyberpunk 2077 is the next RPG from acclaimed developer CD Projekt Red, which will take on a sci-fi setting (in contrast to the studio’s previous title, The Witcher 3, which was part of the fantasy genre).
The game will be set in Night City – a sprawling metropolis set in the future featuring characters of many nationalities, gender identities and classes.
The game will be playable in either a first-person or third-person perspective, potentially outlining a VR element will be included with the game, too.
Cyberpunk 2077 – What we know so far
One of the main features in the game will be non-player characters speaking other languages than the one players select at the start. If you don’t understand the characters, you will be able to buy translator chips to help you out.
More expensive chips will do better jobs at translating the NPCs speech for you – the more you spend on a chip, the more accurate your translations will be.
The game will also experiment with a feature called “Braindance”, a digital recording device streamed directly into the brain, which allows the player character to experience the emotions, brain processes and muscle movements of another person as though they were their own.
Unlike The Witcher 3 and CD Projekt Red’s previous work, Cyberpunk 2077 will include a multiplayer mode.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Release Date
There is no formal release date for Cyberpunk 2077, but according to papers filed when the studio applied for a grant from the Polish government, it seems we can potentially expect the game in 2019.
Cyberpunk 2077 – E3 2018
It looks like we could see more from the highly-anticipated RPG at E3 2018.
E3 updated its website this week (5th February), listing developers that would be present at the show – and CD Projekt Red are listed as in attendance.
With no other announced projects on the go, and more updates to The Witcher 3 unlikely at this stage, it looks promising that the studio will be showcasing Cyberpunk 2077 in June.
We’ll update you as more information becomes available.
Developer update – 18 Feb 2018
The original creator of the Cyberpunk pen and paper RPG, Mike Pondsmith, has weighed in on the game’s development to say that now is the right time for the world to see a game set in this universe.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Pondsmith states that the whole Cyberpunk universe is built around how ordinary people use technology to fight against those in power, putting everyone on the same level.
Pondsmith says that CD Projekt Red have pretty much managed to make the world as he imagined it – something gaming companies didn’t have the technology to do when an interactive version of his game was originally proposed in the 80s.
It’s clear Pondsmith is excited about the video game version of Cyberpunk 2077 coming to life – something that couldn’t be said of the original creator of The Witcher series…
We look forward to hearing more about the game soon.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Lootbox update
Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED had some interesting things to say about loot boxes in gaming during an interview with PC Gamer.
CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński stated that the studio’s aim with the game is similar to what they offered with The Witcher 3: “numerous hours of gameplay and a significant amount of content” and 50-60+ hours of the main story-line, with up to a couple of hundred hours of side activities”.
Iwiński continued to state that in terms of monetisation, the studio plans to act similarly to how it did with The Witcher 3, dropping paid-for content updates into the game, along with smaller, free DLC and updates.
This came from Iwiński’s support of the customer in the game’s industry, and his apparent distaste of predatory business practices with regards to loot boxes and microtransactions: “Gamers are striking back, and I really hope this will change our industry for the better.”
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Cyberpunk 2077 – Pre-Development
It is estimated that development on Cyberpunk 2077 began in 2012. Since then, little has been revealed about the game aside from a single teaser trailer.
A funding application for the Polish government, granting CD Projekt Red US$7 million, noted that the release could potentially take place in 2019 and confirmed the employment of REDengine 4 – something we haven’t yet publically seen from the studio.
In 2017, CD Projekt Red announced that data had been stolen from the studio pertaining to early concepts and development plans for the title, and that the studio was being threatened with a ransom notice.
CD Projekt Red announced it would refuse to comply with the ransom, asking players to avoid any potentially leaked information.
CD Projekt Red will be working with Mike Pondsmith, who created the original tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, to make sure the game is in line with the property.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Development update –
March 4th, 2018:
Cyberpunk 2077 developers CD Projekt Red announced some interesting information about the game at the Pareto Securities Gaming Seminar 2018.
The studio’s Piotr Nielubowicz and Adam Kiciński spoke at the event and revealed some more bytes of information about the title.
We learned from the duo that now over 300 people are committed to the development of the game, and the staff are excited about really kicking off a ‘blockbuster’ franchise.
The duo reiterate that the game will be ready ‘when it’s ready’ and that the publicity campaign for the game will kick off ‘as a surprise’.. though there’s no word on when that might be.