Back in 2015, Polish developer CD Projekt Red changed the fantasy roleplaying genre with the sprawling masterpiece The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In 2020, the studio is looking to do the same with the sci-fi genre. Enter Cyberpunk 2077.
Take one look at the game’s setting and you will see that the Cyberpunk team’s vision of the future is much more than just flying cars and robot butlers. To help get you ready for this landmark title, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 arrives this Autumn
Cyberpunk 2077 launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 17 September 2020.
It’s set in an urban open world
Cyberpunk 2077 immerses players in a gritty but richly detailed future metropolis called Night City. Night City is a dystopian rendering of an American megacity, existing in the Free State of California and ungoverned by the laws of country and state. Everyday life has been transformed by the rise of automation, robotics, and cybernetics, allowing corporations to take control of the city.
The citizenry struggles to make ends meet under ruthless corporate rule, while cybernetic modification becomes the norm. Addiction to technology leads to violence, and new armed forces known as the Psycho Squad have been introduced to keep the peace.
You play as V, a mercenary who takes on jobs from the most powerful and dangerous individuals in Night City. We don’t know a lot about how the story will play out, but we have got some brief glimpses at the characters that inhabit Night City including the mysterious Johnny Silverhand – played by The Matrix star, Keanu Reeves. Silverhand acts as a guide to V, appearing to your character as a ‘digital ghost’. This (and the fact that Silverhand first appeared in tabletop game Cyberpunk 2013 and Reeves doesn’t look like an octogenarian) suggests that his body has died but his consciousness lives on through some kind of creepy future-tech. Keanu is certainly the most high-profile character revealed so far – although we know from talking to the game’s developers that they’d love to get Meryl Streep in Cyberpunk 2077 as well.
It’s an immersive roleplaying game
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-ended action roleplaying game in which you can customise your character and spec their skills and stats to match your play style. Night City is a vast and richly detailed open world, which you will be able to explore and take on missions at your leisure. You will be able to become fully immersed in Night City, exploring by foot or in vehicles, taking on side missions, and spending your hard-earned cash on cybernetic upgrades and cosmetic items. V can even purchase apartments, which will be a place you can return to, to rest up or replenish your gear.
It’s also a first-person shooter
For Cyberpunk, CD Projekt Red have ditched swords and shields for guns – lots of guns. Cyberpunk looks to be fairly combat-heavy, but this isn’t your run-of-the-mill first-person shooter. RPG elements appear to be woven through the game at every level, with your stats determining how much damage you are able to do in combat, as well as your own survivability. There are also a number of abilities V can acquire that will make them even more deadly in combat.
The trailers look unreal
Cyberpunk 2077 was first revealed back in 2013 with the stunningly cinematic teaser trailer. Since then, we’ve got several more looks at the game, including a special E3 appearance from Mr Reeves. You can catch up on all Cyberpunk 2077 trailers here.
There will be multiplayer – but not at launch
It has been confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have a multiplayer component, but this won’t arrive until after the launch of the single-player game.
What else do I need to know?
Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up to be a massive game, so we’ve probably only scratched the surface of what the full game will offer. The developers have confirmed that the game can be completed without killing anyone and that you can form relationships with non-player characters and even romance them. We can hardly wait to see what stories will unfold when the game launches in September.
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