A long time ago, we witnessed an announcement trailer for a game we really didn't know much about. Despite this, one small trailer was all it took to get the world's interest. Now, that same game is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of 2020.
Cyberpunk 2077 is finally coming. And thanks to the showcase at E3, as well as a massive interview from Eurogamer, we know more about the game now than ever before.
Here's everything we know about Cyberpunk 2077 so far.
What Is Cyberpunk 2077?Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming shooter-RPG developed and published by CD Projekt Red, the same team that developed the critically acclaimed title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Like The Witcher universe, the world of Cyberpunk isn't their own; the title is an adaptation of a tabletop game from 1988, created by Mike Pondsmith. However, the game adheres to much of the same concepts and artistic integrity as the original game, and Pondsmith himself has been working closely with the developer to continue the trend.
What Is The Release Date for Cyberpunk 2077?Cyberpunk 2077 is arriving on April 16th, 2020.
How Much Is Cyberpunk 2077? Are There Pre-Orders, Special Editions?You can check out all of the Cyberpunk 2077 digital edition prices, but the standard edition will set you back $59.99 in the US, £59.99 in the UK and €69.99 in Europe.
If you get the Digital Standard Edition, your bonuses for pre-ordering are a game soundtrack, a Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook (the key to playing the original tabletop game), an art booklet and wallpapers for desktop and mobile. The Physical Standard Edition, for which you can get an exclusive Steelbook from Amazon UK, comes with the above digital goodies plus the physical game with a reversible cover in the case, a World Compendium covering the game's setting and lore, postcards, a map and some stickers. (Here's the Amazon US link, but we can't clarify if it has the Steelbook or not.)
If you're thinking of augmenting up to the physical-only Collector's Edition, unfortunately you're already out of luck in the US as it appears to be sold out among the major retail partners. GAME in the UK still has it, and it'll set you back a whopping £249.99. The Collector's Edition includes everything from the above digital and physical standard editions plus a Steelbook, a statuette of protagonist V doing his best Devil My Cry impression, a hardcover art book, a metal pin set, a Quadra Vtech metal keychain, an annotated guide to Night City (sealed in an evidence bag) and embroidered patches.
Will Cyberpunk 2077 Have Xbox One X Enhancements?According to the current Microsoft Store listing, Cyberpunk 2077 will be Xbox One X Enhanced and have 4K support. We don't know much else at this stage, but we're willing to bet it will also be one of the first Xbox One games to take advantage of Project Scarlett's capability when it releases towards the end of next year.
What Is The Story in Cyberpunk 2077?Taking on the role of a cyberpunk mercenary nicknamed V, players are thrown into the year 2077, when is in a dystopian state of technological advancement. Corporations rule the cities, and humanity is all but lost in this society where cybernetic enhancements are essential to survival. As a mercenary, V's job includes facing the corporations first-hand and taking to the streets to deal with the every day perils of the futuristic lifestyle. All while facing their own inner demons later on.
The story features a wide range of decisions throughout the game, and each choice impacts the storyline in some way or another. According to quest designer, Patrick Mills, player decision making is a key feature of Cyberpunk, and one that they also included in the The Witcher 3, with much success: "the ones where you make the decision not knowing what the outcome was going to be, and you have to go with your gut and figure out exactly what you want, and then later you see the consequences."
Is Cyberpunk 2077 Open World?
Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world game. The game world is the Night City, and it's massive. With six districts in total, the California metropolis is complete with towering skyscrapers and futuristically fast cars — both of which players can explore to their heart's content. The city reflects that of an international hub, with travelers of every origin roaming the densely populated streets. It has the classic tropes of cyberpunk: neon lights, unusual clothes, and of course, noodles. The game will even include a weather system, day and night cycle, and no loading screens whatsoever.
There are very few limitations in terms of gameplay. CDPR even stated that players can "run over pedestrians" if they really desired to, though they certainly didn't build the game around urban crime. The people and buildings are meant to make the world of Cyberpunk feel alive, and therefore, players should be able to do what they could in the real world, good or bad. The world will also react to these actions, in the form of a reputation system known as "street cred". Killing enemies, finishing quests, and making key decisions will alter the street cred of the player, either opening or obstructing future quests and opportunities as you continue through the game. It's very much a city full of life, and it responds to nearly everything you do.
What Can We Expect From Cyberpunk 2077's Gameplay?Cyberpunk 2077 a first-person shooter, but the role-playing aspects of the game are still key. There are quests and dialogue, and combat ranging from melee attacks to modified assault weapons, and even possible vehicle warfare. And, of course, you can customize your character however you see fit. Players will be able to customize most, if not all of V's appearance before they play, and most items are not locked by the choice of gender. There's even a few options to develop your character's past and history.
Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't include traditional permanent classes. CDPR describes a "fluid class system", in which the player chooses skills freely without being confined to one selection of abilities. The skill groups are Solo, Techie, or Netrunner. There's six stats to upgrade: Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech, and Cool. No, we're not really sure what cool stands for either. While there's nothing "superhero level" in the game, the cyberware on and in your hero will give you somewhat "superhuman abilities". The E3 gameplay demo showcased "fast solo style gameplay" — solo translates to a combat-focused character, but within that you can have an agile solo (as seen in the demo) or a strong solo (as exhibited by companion Jackie in the footage).
Dynamic events will appear throughout the streets, in which the player can intervene if they so wish. If all that doesn't keep you sated, remember that there's always a way to make your playthrough unique, like finishing the game without killing anyone.
Will Cyberpunk 2077 Have Companions and Romance?
Cyberpunk 2077 will definitely have companions and romance. We've already seen at least one companion—a man named Jackie—in the gameplay trailer, but there are certainly more scattered throughout the game. Of course, some players will naturally avoid taking on companions in the game (we wouldn't want another Lydia from Skyrim), So it might be good news that CDPR still considers Cyberpunk 2077 to be a solo adventure. While there will be scripted sections throughout the story in which companions will follow, they won't persist outside of these missions unless asked: "for most of this game... you are a solo player."
From long-term relationships to simple one-night stands, there are multiple partners to choose from in Cyberpunk 2077, and each with their own preferences and interests. Certain options will be locked based on that character's sexuality. According to CDPR, the decision to limit certain partners by orientation makes NPC interaction more realistic.
As of now, it's unknown whether or not romance is strictly for companions, but we're willing to bet that it won't be. After all, The Witcher 3 didn't shy away from prostitution or quick flings. So why would the Night City be any different?
Will Cyberpunk 2077 Include Multiplayer?The idea of multiplayer in Cyberpunk 2077 has surfaced multiple times throughout development. Originally, Cyberpunk 2077 was described as a single player RPG with "multiplayer components", which would ensure the game's long-term success. Despite not listing exactly what these multiplayer elements would be, CDPR was quite clear in stating that they wouldn't overshadow the single-player experience. To quote a Twitter post by the developer: "we leave greed to others".
At the time multiplayer was mentioned, development was in its earliest stages, and very few details were known about the game overall. It's quite possible that CDPR's plans for multiplayer aspects in Cyberpunk 2077 were quietly dropped. Nonetheless, Mills didn't entirely dismiss multiplayer in the interview. Post-launch content is still open for discussion: "The game we're shipping to you, the game you're going to buy is the single player experience. That's really what we're concentrating on now."
Woah! Is Keanu Reeves In Cyberpunk 2077?
Yes, Keanu Reeves is absolutely in Cyberpunk 2077 — quite a lot, as it turns out. The extent of his cameo wasn't quite confirmed when he appeared on the Xbox E3 stage, and we were too busy ogling the star to really care. An interview from GameInformer as well as an E3 Panel revealed that he's actually a key character in the story. Taking on the role of Johnny Silverhand—a character from the original tabletop RPG—the John Wick star is almost as important as the protagonist themselves, according to the Quest Director, Mateusz Tomaskiewicz: "like a supporting protagonist. He is present throughout most of the game."
So, in short, if you couldn't get enough of Keanu Reeves during E3, don't worry, as you'll be seeing plenty more of him in the future. By the way, that man who called him breathtaking during the show? His name is Peter Sark, and he'll be receiving a free enhanced copy of the game. Yes, we're absolutely jealous.
Naturally, we still have plenty of questions to sate our curiosity, but this past week has certainly heightened our excitement for the game. And, although it's still a long distance away, it's a great feeling to finally have a few details for the game. We'll be even happier when Cyberpunk finally releases on April 16th 2020.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Cyberpunk 2077 achievements.
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