Our first real look at the next big RPG from the makers of The Witcher 3
CD Projekt Red, makers of the amazing The Witcher 3, made a surprise appearance at Microsoft’s E3 keynote to show off their upcoming role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2077. It’s been years since we saw a small teaser of this game, and while there wasn’t any specificgameplay on display, the new world they’re building looks fantastic.
Cyberpunk’s name gives you an idea of what to expect here, but the twist is that in this world, people with implants can on their alterations. When this happens, the body mods start to rebel against organic material, whether it’s the host or the people around them. And so, society develops a special defense force called the Psycho Squad to fight against the augmented threat.
It doesn’t help that this is a world of have and have-nots. While the city featured in the trailer isn’t named, we are told that many of its denizens are very poor, and no strangers to violence, while the 1% lives it up with all sorts of tech and fancy gadgets.
Here’s the YouTube description with some more details about what you can expect:
Cyberpunk 2077 is a narrative-driven, open world RPG set in the most vibrant and dangerous metropolis of the future — Night City. You play as V, a hired gun on the rise, who just got their first serious contract. In a world of cyberenhanced street warriors, tech-savvy netrunners and corporate life-hackers, today is your first step to becoming an urban legend.
Update: Eagle-eyed staffers at our sister site, Polygon, spotted an easter egg in the faux-hacked visuals of the trailer — a letter from the development team that flashed on the screen momentarily in red letters. The words were more visible once the colors were inverted, and revealed that there will be free DLC in Cyberpunk 1977, and no DRM or microtransactions. (“w3 l34V3 9R33d 2 0TH3r2,” the developer wrote on Twitter.) That wasn’t the only treat hidden in the announcement; fans also discovered that the codes scrolling by in the initial glitchy imagery could be redeemed for copies of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.