During Microsoft's E3 2018 stage show, we got a first look at Cyberpunk 2077
, the upcoming project from The Witcher
developer CD Projekt Red. Over the course of the 100 seconds of that trailer
, we saw glimpses of many aspects of the game, from the sci-fi city of Night City to some of its many characters. In case you missed any of the pertinent details, the developer has broken down its trailer into a series of images beginning with a look at that futuristic city.
Night City is the brainchild of tech giant Richard Night. He wanted to build a city that would represent progress and be a testament to how technology changes lives. Located in North California, the city may rest on American soil but it sits in a free state, therefore it is not governed by state or national jurisdiction. Instead, big corporations make the rules, and the city is home to people from many different backgrounds and cultures.
Megabuildings dominate the city's skyline. Each tends to be able to function on its own, offering accommodation, food, healthcare, weapons and training without the need to step outside its walls. They may sound like safe havens, but in reality they're as dangerous as the city's streets.
Corporate conflicts and gang wars mean that the city is no longer the haven that it was intended to be. It's now a hotbed of violence and corruption, with frequent outbreaks of violence and rioting that leave innocent people caught in the middle. The myriad of gangs each have their own structure, background and hierarchy, and each feels the need to prove themselves. Most disputes will be settled by physical violence, especially when corporations feel the need to control the population by any means necessary.
One of the ways people can escape their miserable lives is through braindance (BD), neural technology that allows people to share recordings of their memories and emotions. Some companies have used actors to create false memories to give people the chance to feel like film stars, while other popular recordings are those from the rich and famous, offering people the chance to be a celebrity like Lizzy Wizzy, the frontwoman for Lizzy Wizzy and the Metadwarves, or members of rebel rock band Samurai. The problem is that this has caused rampant braindance addiction in the poorest parts of society. Things have gotten so bad there are even illegal recordings (XBDs) that can be found on the black market.
There are bars and clubs to suit all tastes. Despite the futuristic tone of the city, there are still people who prefer the old way of living. The bar in the screenshot above has a traditional pool table, albeit one that's now fitted with technological enhancements to assist players.
Consumerism is an important part of civilization. There are adverts everywhere to the point that advertisement saturation is an accepted part of the city's experience. Despite this, many of the city's residents find themselves victims of poverty and homelessness. The adverts may sell dreams that are out of reach to most people, but that doesn't stop them falling for it.
Not only is technology used for advertising, it has a huge role in many other parts of society, such as automating industry with warehouse machinery. You'll find drones and robotics everywhere, be it camera drones, rubbish collectors, street sweepers, public transport, or even sparring bots in a boxing club. While some technology is cheap, many can't afford to buy the latest versions or even replace things that break. Even from a young age, children are taught to use scrap to repair technology, make their own weapons, and even use it to entertain themselves.
Technology is so prized that many value it over their own flesh and blood. Originally created for medical purposes, many now choose to have cybernetic prosthetics as a lifestyle choice. They can upgrade parts of their body for different reasons, such as the ability to fight better, or just use them as a fashion statement. There's even RealSkinn technology, synthetic skin used to hide cybernetic implants. If you want to be famous in Night City, you'll need to get yourself some of those.
Night City doesn't sound like a terribly inviting place, but if you're still keen to get stuck into its way of life, you might be waiting a while. Cyberpunk 2077
doesn't yet have a release window, but we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we hear anything else.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Cyberpunk 2077 achievements.