All the details on Cyberpunk 2077

In a surprise announcement Google and CD Projekt Red have confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to Google Stadia. This news was announced during the company’s Stadia Conenct ahead of Gamescom 2019.

Acting as a huge departure from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world experience set across a vast, uncompromising city. The city is filled with unusual threats, seedy individuals and a branching story to uncover throughout your dark twisted adventure.

Having seen how it played in a 48-minute gameplay demonstration, it’s shaping up to be one of the most ambitious RPG experiences ever made. Whether it can reach the expectations that have been set remains unclear, but we can’t wait to find out.

When is Cyberpunk 2077’s release date?

April 16, 2020 is the release date delivered to us by Keanu Reeves in the flesh at E3 2019. It’s coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.

While our hopes for a 2019 release have been dashed, we now finally know we have less than a year to wait before playing CD Projekt RED’s new game.

Preorders for Cyberpunk 2077 have already started. We’ve also got all the details on what’s included in the Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition.

Here’s the only public look at Cyberpunk so far: 48 minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay, with some VO explaining what’s going on. Further down in this article, you’ll find greater detail on what we learned from watching Cyberpunk 2077 in action at both E3 2018 and E3 2019, along with more information from interviews with CD Projekt Red.

Is Cyberpunk 2077 an FPS?

Dare we say that Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person shooter RPG? We dare. Though cutscenes and driving sometimes switch to third-person, Cyberpunk 2077 involves a lot of first-person shooting. With guns. Lots of guns. It’s chaotic and fast-paced, but was less aggressive than, say, Doom. During a firefight in the opening moments of the demo, V, the main character, ducked and peeked around cover to spray a gang of organ scavengers with bullets from her automatic pistol. Like Destiny 2, numbers indicating damage dealt exploded with each landed shot—but enemies didn’t feel like bullet sponges. We also love how agile V can be. 

What kind of abilities can you unlock?

Cyberware refers to augments that have all sorts of uses. During the demo, we visited a Ripperdoc who could upgrade and replace our cyberware. We opted for a Kiroshi Optical Implant that let us zoom in on objects and also analyze the environment, seeing enemy levels and getting detailed information about them. We also picked up a Subdermal Grip for our gun hand, which increases the damage we do when firing guns. The implants are wildly cool, but it’s strange that they don’t seem to have downsides.

How does dialogue work?

In a lot of RPGs, dialogue sections basically put the game on pause while two characters talk stiffly back and forth. It’s not the best way to deliver the story, and thankfully Cyberpunk 2077 has massive improvements in this area. You can continue moving and looking around, but when you focus the camera back on the character you’re speaking to, dialogue options appear on screen. There were usually three or four options at any time, which does suggest this system won’t be as robust as in some other RPGs.

Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in the year 2077—which you probably didn’t need us to tell you—and as mentioned it’s set within Night City, a fictional city between San Francisco and LA that already exists in the Cyberpunk pen and paper RPG created by Mike Pondsmith. Punks and corporate stooges of all varieties wander these foggy, once Mob-ruled streets, and by 2023, corporations are openly warring for them. Cyberpunk 2077 will show us what happened to the city in the aftermath of that war. 

The Night City

Thanks to some awesome crowd technology, the Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City feels alive and bustling. It was incredible watching V walk through streets and seeing hundreds of characters walking, playing, talking, and fighting. It’s not clear how dynamic this world is, however. We passed by a crime scene in one neighborhood, and I’d like to know whether that crime scene will ever get cleaned up or if it’s a static landmark in this area.

The city is, by all accounts, massive. It features six districts with no loading screens between them. To help you get around, there are vehicles you can drive in either first or third person. It was hard to get a sense of how realized this part of the game is—we’re not sure if there will be all the depth of simulation you see in something like Grand Theft Auto V’s driving and traffic. But it did look impressive and smooth.

Will there be multiplayer?

Yes. CD Projekt officially confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have multiplayer, but the mode won’t be introduced until all the free DLC is out the door.

This is no surprise, as multiplayer has been teased as a possibility for years now. We first heard about multiplayer features back in 2013, but CD Projekt RED clearly knew the word could agitate its fans. “It will be a story-based RPG experience with amazing single-player playthroughs,” reassured managing director Adam Badowski in a 2013 talk with Eurogamer, “but we’re going to add multiplayer features.”

CD Projekt responded to the concerns with a tweet meant to reassure fans that they’ll still be getting a Witcher 3-style singleplayer story. “Worry not,” it said. “When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3—huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for—no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt.”

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