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Cyberpunk 2077 release date news, trailers, story, gameplay, and everything else you need to know about the upcoming RPG from The Witcher 3 creators

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Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt Red’s biggest game development effort ever (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt’s upcoming open-world role-playing game (RPG), is one that fans are keeping a keen eye on and ranks as the publisher’s most ambitious project to date.

The recent release of a gameplay demo confirmed the publisher’s claim that its CD Projekt Red team is working on a huge project, even by the standards of its critically acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

“Cyberpunk is our new Witcher 3, but even more ambitious,” CD Projekt’s CEO Adam Kicinski bragged at the Pareto Securities Gaming Seminar in February. “Our goal is to establish a new blockbuster franchise from the beginning.”

After the first trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was released in January 2013, fans had to wait five years before a new official trailer was released in the summer of 2018. The long silence by CD Projekt brought anticipation to a fever pitch and fans had almost despaired by the time that a second trailer and a 48-minute gameplay demo were released.

Following the phenomenal success of The Witcher 3, expectations are very high indeed for CD Projekt’s next effort, and this could explain why the publisher is refusing to be rushed to the market.

However, with the release of a new official trailer and a 48-minute gameplay demo, fans now have a mass of new information about the upcoming RPG, and it appears from what we have seen so far that it will be worth the long wait.

While fans look forward to the release of the Cyberpunk 2077, we have compiled everything you need to know about the upcoming video game, including expected release date, game story , gameplay and much more.

Cyberpunk 2077 release date

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Fans are hoping to play Cyberpunk 2077 in 2019  (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

CD Projekt has not confirmed the release date for Cyberpunk 2077.

But fans needn’t fret. Despite the massive scale of Cyberpunk 2077, fans won’t have to wait until 2077 to play the highly-anticipated video game. Although development is still far from completion, work has progressed smoothly since it was first announced in 2012.

Cyberpunk 2077 is likely still in early alpha, which means that pre-production has been concluded. With CD Projekt Red — the game development department within CD Projekt — having confirmed that the video game is now entirely playable, observers are assuming that the ongoing work is focused on bug testing and refining the game’s core systems and art, and expanding the features, including assets and quests.

Meanwhile, CD Projekt continues to resist being hurried and has only committed itself to releasing the game “whenever it is ready.” However, the publisher has confirmed that it plans to release two AAA RPGS by 2021, and that Cyberpunk 2077 will be the first of the two planned releases.

This makes it likely that Cyberpunk 2077 will be released soon, possibly in 2019.

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CD Projekt confirmed in August that Cyberpunk 2077 is now playable from start to finish  (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

The Turkish publisher Bilkom — which will publish Cyberpunk 2077 in Turkey — tweeted last month that Cyberpunk 2077 will be released in 2019, but later deleted the tweet.

Expectations that the game will be released in 2019 followed the announcement that CD Projekt Red received funding from the Polish government in December 2016 to research new and advanced game design and implementation methods, and that it has a 2019 deadline to complete the project.

CD Projekt is reportedly using the grant to research “seamless multiplayer” techniques, “advanced animation,” “cinematic feel,” and “city creation.”

But it hasn’t been confirmed whether the results of the ongoing research are meant to be applied to Cyberpunk 2077 or to future game releases by CD Projekt.

Cyberpunk 2077: Overview

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Cyberpunk concept art (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG being developed by CD Projekt, the publisher best-known for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt Red’s first work outside The Witcher universe.

CD Projekt confirmed during E3 2018 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018) that Cyberpunk 2077 will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world RPG played mainly from a first-person POV. It is essentially an adaptation of the Mike Pondsmith’s table top game Cyberpunk 2020, first released in 1988.

Cyberpunk 2077 is being developed on REDengine 4. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment will distribute the upcoming RPG in North America. Bilkom is publishing the game in Turkey, while Bandai Namco Entertainment will publish it in several other European countries.

Night City

The game is set in the futuristic, dystopian open-world metropolis Night City, California.

Night City has six regions: City Center, Watson (Asian immigrant settlement), the upscale Westbrook, Heywood (a Latino suburb), Pacifia (the city’s poor and crime-ridden district) and Santo Domingo (industrial area).

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Cyberpunk 2077 Night City concept art (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

The city is lively and bustling with diverse humanity, and as you walk through the streets you see hundreds of NPCs engaged in a variety of activities: talking, fighting, playing and just walking along. You can even pass crime scenes as you drive along the neighborhoods.

Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t a game for kids because, like its predecessor in the CD Projekt stable, The Witcher 3, it delves deeply into mature themes, such as sex, nudity, drugs and graphic violence.

Character creation

The game is played in a first person perspective and character creation is rather fluid. It features the customizable player character V, a mercenary. Players can choose V’s gender and are able to customize V’s face, hairstyle, body type, body modifications (tattoos etc), clothing and personal history.

The playable character’s backstory affects how NPCs react to it.

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Cyberpunk 2077 player character V is a “hired gun” (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

V is also able become involved in romantic relationships with NPCs. According to CD Projekt quest designer Patrick Mills, the romance options will be more diverse than in The Witcher series.

“There are a lot more options. You know, you’re defining your own character here, which means defining their sexuality any way you want,” Mills told Game Informer.

Capabilities

Players can change stats in multiple categories with regard to the playable character’s Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech and Cool.

Cool probably refers to the character’s charisma, which influences his ability to use the force of his personality to have his way.

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Cyberpunk 2077’s player character is highly customizable (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

V navigates Night City on foot and in vehicles, including motorcycles. He also has access to autonomous vehicles which allow him to engage enemies in combat while driving. He sometimes runs over pedestrians, and some of the vehicle scenes offer third-person views.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Players have access to autonomous vehicles (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Players are only able to control terrestrial vehicles, although the world of Cyberpunk features flying and hovering vehicles.

Cyberpunk 2077: Players can only control terrestrial vehicles (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

V has access to a formidable arsenal of ranged weapons, and has multiple options for melee combat. The ranged weapons include Power (standard), Tech (enhanced penetrative powers), and Smart (such as homing bullets).

You are allowed to inflict four types of damage to your adversaries: physical, thermal, EMP, and chemical.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Player character V has a formidable arsenal of ranged weapons (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

There three character classes: NetRunner (hacker), Solo (lone-ranging mercenary) and Techie. Players can choose one of the classes or select a mix of abilities and play styles from the available classes.

Enhancements

V can also obtain cyber implants and prostheses to enhance his abilities. You can get the cyber implants by going to “ripperdocs.” These are NPCs that can remove parts of your body and replace them with better functioning artificial implants. Gangs kidnap people to harvest valuable implants and sell them.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Player character V can enhancement is performance with cybernetic implants (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

NPCs

V interacts with multiple NPC characters, including his sidekick the mercenary Jackie Welles, and the Fixer Dexter Deshawns. Royce is the leader of the criminal gang Maelstrom. “Ripperdoc” Doctor Victor is a skilled surgeon who is able to implant patients with a wide range of cybernetic prostheses to augment performance.

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Cyberpunk 2077:  “Ripperdoc” Doctor Victor can implant patients with augmenting cyber implants (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

There is also Meredith Stout, an apparently psychopathic agent of the Militech corporation.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Meredith Stout is an agent of Militech corp (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Single-player vs multiplayer

Cyberpunk 2077 focuses on delivering a single-player experience, but it is widely reported that the studio is considering adding competitive multiplayer features.

CD Projekt quest designer Patrick Mills shared in an interview with Eurogamer that the multiplayer mode is currently in R&D. The multiplayer option will not be available at launch but will be added later.

The game may feature expanded online modes.

Will there be microtransactions?

CD Projekt has confirmed that they are not planning to add any microtransactions to the game.

There is no word yet that the team plans for a Switch version of Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 trailers and demo, screenshots and concept art

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Cyberpunk concept art (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

After CD Projekt announced Cyberpunk 2077 in 2012, the developer released a teaser trailer in January 10, 2013, which received more than 10 million views in a few days. The game hadn’t reached an advanced stage of development at the time so the trailer was rather sketchy on what to expect of the upcoming RPG. But it promised a game with a futuristic setting and plenty of futuristic technology, such as cyborg augmentation and AI, not to mention cyberpunk body mod.

CD Project has since filled fans in on details of game gameplay and story. The developers released an official trailer during E3 2018 (June 2018). The same trailer was later released at Gamescom.

CD Projekt also shared a gameplay demo with a select audience at E3 2018, and at Gamescom. The demo was later released to the public on August 7, 2018 as a 48-minute gameplay walk-through.

Cyberpunk 2077: Cybernetic enhancements (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Although it was still largely work-in-progress, the gameplay demo showed the scope of Cyberpunk 2077 game systems, including character creation, interaction and combat systems. It gave the first detailed insight into Cyberpunk 2077’s story, how it will look, and how it will be played.

[Warning: Viewer discretion is advised. The video includes content that may be inappropriate for a younger audience]

Cyberpunk 2077 story

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Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Cyberpunk 2077 is set in Night City in the year 2077. Night City is a fictional city in Northern California. According to the Night City sourcebook (via PC Gamer), Night City was founded in 1994. It has a population of about a million people, with an additional four-and-a-half million living the greater Night City districts which include Westbrook, Heywood, North Oak, South Night City, Pacifica, and Rancho Coronado.

Megacorporations

The sprawling open-world metropolis is controlled by megacorporations that have effectively usurped the authority of the democratically elected governments. The corporations run an amoral corpocracy that brutally controls the lives of citizens. Meanwhile, criminal gangs have run amok, fighting for control in the crime-infested inner cities.

V is a “hired gun,” who gets assigned dangerous missions and confronts formidable foes in what is described as “the most violent and dangerous metropolis of the corporate-ruled future.”

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Cyberpunk 2077 : Player character V is a hired gun (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

According to a description of the game story and setting released by CD Projekt:

“The player will be thrown into a dark future. The metropolis of Night City is a stage set to tell the tale of one individual, raised on the streets, who tries to lift himself up from the gutter and find a way to survive… Drugs, violence, poverty and exclusion haven’t disappeared by 2077… But not only ghosts of the past trouble mankind, but new issues have appeared. Psychos go on rampages and the streets are filled with junkies addicted to a new form of entertainment – the braindance, a cheap way to experience the emotions and stimuli of someone else, someone living a more exciting life.”

The gameplay walk-through shows much of the lay of the city and gives an impression of a filthy, drug-infested sprawl of poverty and misery presided over by the rich and powerful safely ensconced in their gilded towers of privilege.

Technology is pervasive in Night City and even the poor find ways and means to obtain body modifying cybernetic enhancements.

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Cyberpunk 2077 : Technology rules Night City (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Braindance

Many of the city’s poor are addicted to a digital, drug-like virtual reality device called braindance. Braindance consists essentially of recordings of the patterns of neural signals associated with various memories, emotions, and other mental states. Braindance therefore constitutes the recorded memories and experiences of others that users can share to give an illusory impression that they are actually living the experiences of others.

Braindance streams stimuli directly into the brain so that users can escape the despondency of a hopeless life. With braindance anyone can experience the uplifting mental states induced by political power, economic influence, social prestige, physical and mental wellbeing, and  the overall self-satisfaction of achievement.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Cyberpsychosis could result from overusing cybernetics  (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

With braindance users can become a celebrity and experience a life of luxury as a way to escape the reality of their miserable lives. Users can experience living as the powerful CEO of a megacorp.

Users can also go to the black market to get illicit braindance recordings that generate darker emotions and mental states, such as those that are normally the preserve of serial killers, rapists, sadists and psycopaths.

Braindance appears to have been originally invented to aide psychological therapy and treat cyberpsychosis. But it was adopted by popular culture for entertainment purposes. The use of the device quickly became a source of addiction for many of Night City’s poor, exacerbating the already intractable social problems plaguing the city.

Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay

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Cyberpunk 2077: Player character has ability to operate in slow motion bullet-time mode (Pic credit: CD Projekt)

Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay was first demonstrated to a select media audience at E3 2018 in June, and later at Gamescon. A 48-minute gameplay walk-through was published on YouTube in August 2018.

Fans now have a detailed insight into the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay as the footage demonstrates one of the side missions of the game.

Unlike The Witcher 3, in which players control Geralt in a third person perspective, most of Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable in the first person, although some of the game is in the third person POV.

It is clear from the 48-minute gameplay demo showing the sprawling techno chaos of the futuristic city that Cyberpunk 2077 is conceived on a large scale. The game combines both shooter and RPG elements. When you shoot the enemy numbers pop out that indicate the level of damage you have done.

The gameplay demo reveals an intensely realistic combat animation. The gun fights are engaging and feel real enough. Players enjoy a fluid control over their player characters and this enhances the realism of the gameplay.

Cyberpunk 2077 gives players considerable control over their character, and character creation is very fluid indeed.

The character creation screen revealed in the demo offers an exhaustive list of options. You can even choose your gender, your hair, skin color, and body mod characteristics, such as tattoos and piercings.

Players can also change the backstory for the character which in turn influences the gameplay interactions.

The player character has enhanced abilities, such as ability to bounce bullets off walls and operate in a slow motion bullet-time mode.

Players are able to choose their openings stats in several categories, including Intelligence, Reflexes, Strength and Constitution. Players can modify their stats during the game to fit their preferred play style.

Players also have two types of XP, the main XP and Street Cred. You can build up Street Cred by completing side missions. Street Cred can also be boosted by obtaining special gear.

The dialogue section is a significant improvement on other RPGs where the game is paused to allow two characters talk in a stereotyped fashion. In Cyberpunk 2077, dialogue occurs in real-time which makes it appear more natural. Players can continue moving and exploring their environment while speaking to an NPC.

John Thomas Didymus has worked as a writer since 2010. He has written for several sites including Screen Rant and WikiHow, and his articles have... read more
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