Cyberpunk 2077 is a neon cyberpunk game that has The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red moving from a gritty, high fantasy world of an equally gritty, science fiction word metropolis. It’s based off the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name, but plays a heckuva lot like The Matrix game we’ve always wanted.
We caught our first peek at the game behind closed doors at E3 2018 – you can check out what we saw in the 48-minute walkthrough video below.
What you’ll see in that time is a game that looks vastly different than The Witcher series, with towering neon skyscrapers, bionic enhancements and a focus on vertical movement rather than wide open plains. It’s also all in first-person.
The internet is crawling with news and rumors about this PC, Xbox One and PS4-bound game, so we’ve collected everything that’s been said about Cyberpunk 2077 here for your convenience and we’ll be constantly updating this page as more details emerge.
Cut to the Chase
- What is Cyberpunk 2077? A brand new IP from CD Projekt Red
- What’s the Cyberpunk 2077 release date? No official release date but late 2019 seems possible
- What systems will Cyberpunk 2077 be released on? PS4, Xbox One and PC (and we’d expect the 4K console iterations too)
Cyberpunk 2077 trailers
After a veritable truckload of hype, CD Projekt Red has released 48 minutes of gameplay footage, based on the demo journalists saw at E3 2018. In it, you’ll see what gunplay looks like, character creation and backstory assignment, plus how you’ll upgrade yourself via cybernetic enhancements. You’ll meet some of the characters in Cyberpunk’s seedy crime circuit and explore the city on foot and in vehicles. (Quick warning: the trailer contains nudity, violence and swearing.)
Check it out below:
We were treated to a brand new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer during E3 2018 which you can watch below:
After an extremely short title reveal trailer, in 2013 we were treated to a more than two minute long teaser trailer although it didn’t reveal much about what will be in the actual game.
It did, however, capture Cyberpunk’s futuristic setting incredibly well and let us know that when it comes we can expect something dark, dangerous and visually stunning. At the end it also looks like we get a look at the Braindance technology discussed further down.
Cyberpunk 2077 release date
In the game’s official teaser trailer it’s stated that the game will be coming “when it’s ready.” But for now it appears that CD Projekt Red is hoping that will be sometime in early 2019.
In an investor call in early 2016 it was suggested that Cyberpunk 2077 would be released before June 2019. It was also said in this call that CD Projekt Red is planning to release two new triple A RPGs before 2021.
It was later clarified in forums that Cyberpunk 2077 would be the first of these games to arrive and work on the second would not start before Cyberpunk 2077 was finished.
Considering The Witcher 3 took around three and a half years to develop, a 2019 release doesn’t seem unmanageable for the studio.
As well as a deadline they’ve no doubt set for themselves, the studio also has a deadline from the Polish government.
In December 20017 they were given a grant of more than $5 million from the government to research new game techniques related to multiplayer, animation and city creation. The sizable sum came with a project deadline attached and if it does relate to Cyberpunk 2077 then it’ll mean the game really does have to be released in 2019. The government said so, which ironically isn’t particularly Cyberpunk.
In a recent financial presentation, CD Projekt Red has revealed that at the moment Cyberpunk 2077 is under “intensive development” and that there are more than 300 developers actively working on it. For context, there are currently 100 developers working across Gwent and the Witcher 3’s 4K patch at the moment.
There was no more information on the game’s progress during the presentation but the company’s President and joint CEO Adam Kiciński said there would be “a moment in time” when he and the developers will be able to show off what they’ve achieved.
Cybperunk 2077 news and features
E3 2018 confirmed features
We got to spend some time watching a demo of Cyberpunk 2077 during E3 and we learned some interesting things about the game.
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It’s a first person RPG set in a huge open world known as Night City – the city will be split into six districts, each offering a different environment to explore. During the demo we only saw a small part of one of them.
Players can create their own character called V and embark on their journey to crawl up from the criminal underbelly. This is a dark game and though The Witcher series is mature, this takes it to a new level.
As you’d expect, the game lets you augment your body using various bits of tech – illegal or otherwise – and you can use drugs to enhance your combat. Speaking of combat, weapons are wide ranging and seriously creative with smart guns and bullets as well as terrifying Mantis Blades for melee.
There are no loading screens in Cyberpunk 2077 and the story and side quests are branching and numerous, and your choices genuinely impact the outcome. You can read more about how impressed were were by what we saw.
E3 2018 secret message
CD Projekt RED used the Xbox Showcase to show its latest trailer for Cyberpunk 2077. But it’s more than just a trailer. Spotted by Polygon, there’s a moment in the trailer with hidden text with more information on the game which is revealed when you enhance the image.
In the message CD Projekt first apologises for “staying silent longer than we planned” but following the release of The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine the developer wanted to wait until it had “something meaningful and substantial” to show.
It goes on to say that the vision for Cyberpunk is “an alternative version of the future where America is in pieces, megacorporations control all aspects of civilized life, and gangs rule the rest.” This game will, CD Projekt says, be a “true single player, story-driven RPG” where you’ll be able to create your own character.
At the moment the developer isn’t ready to confirm any kind of release date and asks for more patience. It also says it has “no bloody clue” about how big the game is but does say it’s “seriously big.”
Players should “expect nothing less” than what they got with The Witcher 3 when it comes to DLC and expansions. Oh, and there won’t be a single microstransaction.
CD Projekt Red likes to keep its cards close to its chest but over the past week we’ve learned some interesting things about Cyberpunk 2077. The developer has announced that it’s opening a new Wroclaw studio to expand production on the game and company President Adam Kuciński has recently dropped a few more details at the recent financial conference.
The most significant thing is that he confirmed this is a single-player narrative driven game and there are no multiplayer plans in motion right now. that doesn’t mean they won’t happen – the developer confirmed them years ago and a battle royale mode was humored at this very event – but they’re not the focus for now.
Another important reveal was that the game will be full-price with no additional microstransactions or hidden costs.
Most excitingly, though? It was confirmed that the game will appear in some capacity at this year’s E3.
It could be on the next generation of consoles
CD Projekt Red has hinted that Cyberpunk 2077 could be developed for both current and next gen titles. GamingBolt has reported that during a presentation at the Pareto Securities Gaming Seminar 2018 event, the studio’s CFO Piotr Nielubowicz and CEO Adam Kiciński mentioned Cyberpunk 2077 hinted that it may be being developed for future hardware. The slide in question stated the team was developing the title for “current and next-generation technology”.
We’re not entirely sure what this could mean given that we don’t actually know when the next generation will begin and both consoles are currently in a 4K half-gen state. However, it’d be reasonable to guess that it could mean that, like Grand Theft Auto 5, Cyberpunk 2077 could be developed for current generations and then appear on PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox. It also leaves us wondering about when exactly Cyberpunk 2077 is expected to launch – it could be another year or two yet if this is anything to go by.