Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming role-playing first-person-shooter video game, being developed and published by CD Projekt Red. The Game was announced during the 2012 CD Projekt Red Summer Conference as the official video game adaption of Mike Pondsmiths pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020. Originally Titled as just Cyberpunk, the 2077 subtitle was added in late 2012.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a continuation of the timeline in Cyberpunk 2020, taking an alternate path to that of Cyberpunk V3.0. The game is set in the dystopian metropolis of Night City, California. Night City is located south of San Francisco around the area of Morro Bay, CA. During the setting of 2020, it is said to have a population of more than five million inhabitants. However, this number is suspected to be considerably larger in 2077.
Following an economic collapse sometime during the early 21st century, the United States is forced to rely on the Mega corporations to survive. These corporations deal in a wide range of areas, such as weapons, robotics, cybernetics, pharmaceuticals, communications and biotechnology, and many of these companies operate above the law.
The game follows the story of V — a hired gun on the rise in Night City, the most violent and dangerous metropolis of the corporate-ruled future. A robust character creator will allow players to choose V’s gender, visual appearance, character class, as well as historical background — all of which may influence the shape of the game.
The world is inspired by the works of authors such as William Gibson (author of Neuromancer) and Phillip K Dick, whose novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and subsequent movie adaption Blade Runner heavily influenced the creator, Mike Pondsmith in creating the original tabletop RPG.
The game is an open world, non-linear RPG in which players are able to heavily customize their character to suit their play style. Gun play, exploration, player choice and activities such as hacking are to feature heavily throughout the game with missions, quests and objects being completed in a variety of different ways.
One such example of gameplay is non-english speaking characters featured throughout NightCity. Players may be required to purchase a translator implant to understand them, with varying levels of success based on the implant they buy.
The Game was originally stated to be a single player experience with multiplayer elements. It was reported in early 2018 that the multiplayer components may have been scrapped, however in June 2018 CDProjekt stated that they had multiplayer "in R&D" but it would not be included for the game's launch.
The world will have dynamic weather and a day/night cycle to make it truly immersive.
The game is played primarily from a first-person perspective. A new combat system has been developed around this perspective that includes the use of guns, melee, powers, and even combat stimulants that grant additional bonuses, such as increasing speed. Players may choose a third-person perspective whilst driving vehicles, such as cars and motorbikes. Although players can utilize flying machines, these are all automated.
Player characters will have attributes like Strength, which can be raised via leveling and installing cyberware. Skills and perks can also be selected; skills are related to performing actions - such as hacking, crafting, specific weapons, etc. - while perks can be unlocked with both Street Cred and XP.
During character creation, players can chose not only their gender, but also choose from a set of background story ("Background Check") elements to fully flesh out their characters, such as childhood hero, key life event, and what drove them to Night City, which will then have an impact on the game. Other tabs that have further customization options include Birth Record, Biometric Scan (face, hair, scars, coloration), Appearance (style, clothes, makeup, piercings, tattoos, mods), and Biostats.
Cyberpunk 2077 will feature a fluid class system, where V may primarily conform to a trio of skill trees, allowing the player to choose what best fits their playstyle and experiment.
- Netrunner: These are the elite hackers of the world, perhaps best suited to players who prefer a stealthy approach to dealing with problems. Their skills can grant them access to mundane objects like doors, to more intricate systems such as security and encryption, and even people's brains.
- Techie: Think of these as the engineers, able to build and use a variety of weapons, gear, and items to augment their playstyle. Drones and turrets are some examples.
- Solo: Mercenaries whose skills focus on combat. They are strong and fast, and the most capable melee opponents.
The Game was originally announced in early 2012, with the working title of Cyberpunk being unveiled at the CDPR Summer Conference. The game was stated to come after their then-current project of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with an undetermined date in the future. In late 2012 the title Cyberpunk 2077 was officially revealed with a cinematic trailer being shown in early 2013. The trailer was created by Platige studios and directed by Tomek Baginski, who also created the cinematics for the Witcher series of games.
During the beginning of production it was reported that a team of 50 people were working on it, however after the completion of the Witcher 3 and its subsequent expansion packs, the team has reportedly grown larger, with dozens of jobs being advertised on the CDPR website. In early 2018 it was reported that a new studio had been opened in Wroclaw, Poland to assist in the development of the game.
The game made its first appearance at the 2012 CDPR Summer conference, as well as many other CDPR press events. In late October 2012 the official Cyberpunk YouTube channel released its title reveal video, and then again in January 2013 it revealed its full cinematic reveal trailer, created by Tomek Baginski.
Later that month in 2013 they released a short video of original creator Mike Pondsmith, explaining what cyber punk is and what the feel is.
It is reported that CDPR will have a heavy presence at the 2018 edition of E3 in june.
On June 10, 2018 during E3 (Microsoft/Xbox briefing) a brand new trailer with the first gameplay footage was presented. Social media and the game homepage received a relaunch.
- Name: Cyberpunk 2077
- Developer: CDPROJEKT Red
- Publisher: CDPROJEKT
- Genres: RPG, FPS, Open-World, Cyberpunk
- Platforms: PC, XB1, PS4
- Release date: TBC