Announced way back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 has long looked as if it might go the same way as Duke Nukem Forever. The infamous shooter had a long and troubled development, which saw it being restarted numerous times. The product that was ultimately delivered was mediocre at best, but it would never have lived up to the level of hype that built up around it.
Over the last 6 years, CD Projekt Red have been busy. With the release of The Witch 3, the developers scored themselves the rarest of accolades, a game that, from the moment of its release, has been referred to as perhaps the best game ever made. The game’s release only served to fuel the hype surrounding the mysterious Cyberpunk 2077.
With a strong showing at this year’s E3, now is a good time to quickly recap everything we know about this game so far.
What is it?
Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person science fiction RPG with, as you might have inferred, cyberpunk style and sensibilities. There will be some use of third person in the cut-scenes, and the vehicle sections that were unveiled at E3 included a switch to third-person perspective. However, most of the action will take place FPS style. Gunslingers will be happy to know that there is a wide range of guns available.
What Do I Do?
We’ve been told at various points by the developers that V, the game’s female protagonist, will gain access to a variety of abilities. As is the standard for games in the genre, we can expect to tailor her abilities to our playstyle. At E3, V was an agile cyber-ninja. In addition to the standard acrobatics, sliding under and jumping over obstacles, she was also able to trigger bullet-time. Combining her skills, she could easily outflank an enemy and deliver precise kill shots.
As well as undertaking the usual quests and side quests that you would expect from an open-world RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, like The Witcher 3, allows you to develop a romantic relationship with an NPC. CD Projekt Red have already stated that, owing to the character creation feature, the options for romances will be much more diverse than in The Witcher 3.
In terms of both its aesthetics and its world-building, what we saw of Cyberpunk 2077 looked to have been made with a perceptive that takes on our current technology as that of the future. We are living in a world which often feels like ‘the future’. Our daily lives are now filled with activities that seemed impossibly futuristic not that long ago, for example buying cryptocurrency for Australians. It therefore clearly helps the immersion factor to have the player in a world whose future is clearly inspired by our present.
Who’s it for?
Fans of science fiction in general will probably be right at home here, cyberpunk fans in particular (obviously). Fans of the Deus Ex series of games will want to pay close attention to Cyberpunk 2077; it looks to include the same streak of social commentary that made Mankind Divided and Human Revolution such fine games.
Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely one of the most exciting upcoming releases in the gaming world. Expectations are high following on from The Witcher 3, but if CD Projekt Red can deliver, this could be a truly special game.