Cyberpunk 2077 is one of 2020s most exciting games and CD Projekt Red are starting to talk more about it. We recently had our first episode of Night City Wire, a regular news update from the development team where we go to see more gameplay than we ever have done before and it looks absolutely awesome. The following is why Cyberpunk 2077 is on my watch list.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world Sci-fi RPG from the creators of The Witcher series. It’s based in the near future in the fictional urban mass called Night City. The game looks absolutely huge and dense full of NPCs and, story mission and side quests. You can create a character and the character creation options look immense with more than your standard body type, face and hair options… much more.
There’s a variety of combat options in the game too ranging from close range melee attacks to mods including dagger attachments for your arms and of course guns, lots of them. Hacking is a big part of the game too where you can use your cyber modifications to hack into various systems, including your own body to make improvements.
The game is played from a first person perspective and looks detailed and gorgeous in terms of graphics and fidelity. Night City is filled with back streets, characters, police and gangs which is bound to make your story interesting. There’s going to be a mainline campaign of course, although we don’t know yet how long it’s going to be.
The game isn’t strictly a first-person shooter, but parts of the gameplay are definitely going to feel like one. Back in 2018 a long gameplay demo was shown behind closed doors at E3, which was then released later to the public. Here our character V was fast, agile and could trigger Matrix-style bullet time effects. These all seem to be related to character mods you can apply to V, which you’ll be able to collect through your RPG experience. As you make your way through the game you’ll collect new guns and mods and will be able to level up.
As well as the mobility enhancements we got to see other mods like optical improvements for zooming in on items and objects, shooting around corners with ricochet bullets and sword implants for the arms. Melee combat shown off in the recent Night City Wire looked fairly standard and some of the feedback said it looked and felt a little clunky, but it’s worth saying that this is at the very start of the game and as level up and get more mods then you are clearly going to become more powerful.
We can battle one on one with out fists and guns, but we can also deploy cyber attacks too. If an enemy attacks then we can hack into their personal cyberware to knock out their guns to make it stop working mid battle as well as access data about them. It looks like there’s a range of smart ways to take out enemies in Cyberpunk 2077.
Also in the recent Nigth City Wire we got to see an example of Brain Dancing. This puts you in someone elses recorded experience allowing you to relive it, move around as if you were there and help solve mysteries and investigate from all angles. Think Return of the Obra Dinn but on steroids. It looks like it’s going to add a whole new dimension to the game, and a welcome break from all the FPS action.
There’s dialogue too, plenty of it being a massive RPG from CD Projekt Red, however it’s not entirely clear yet how this is all going to work. No doubt your choices are going to effect your gameplay experience and story but we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more.
Night City is going to be where you spend a lot of your time, however, we found out recently that one of the starting areas is actually outside the city in the desert style landscape. Think Las Vegas, a huge sprawling city in the middle of a desert. The city itself feels big, bustling and dense with characters. The earlier demos seemed to be more packed than the recent footage we’ve seen so we’ll have to wait and see what its like when we get our hands on it this November.
Night City itself is huge. There are six districts to explore and you have a range of cars and vehicles to use to get around the city. There was a really exicting car chase I saw in some of the gameplay demos that people have been posting online where you’re firing a weapon out the car window against oncoming attackers in others cars as you twist and weave through the city with the other guys eventually crashing and blowing up. It all looks very slick, stylish and high octane.
There’s also going to be a multiplayer element to the game, but that’s not going to be added until after the initial game launches. It’s likely this will be included in a future DLC, much like Red Dead Online was back in 2018 and 2019. CD Projekt Red has stated it’s going to be a “Story-based RPG experience with amazing single-player playthroughs, but multiplayer features are going to be added”. We’re going to have to watch this space to find out exactly what is going to be added and when, but it does mean there’s going to be supported after the initial game launches and hopefully that means a long term plan for the game to continue well after Cyberpunk 2077 comes out.
That’s much of the information we know about the game right now. The game comes out 19th November 2019 and will be available on PC, PlayStation and Xbox with upgrades available for next-gen.
Let me know down in the comments what you think of Cyberpunk 2077 and what you are most excited for. That’s it for this look at Cyberpunk 2077. For more watch list games, check out more on the website or subscribe on YouTube.