Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming RPG from CD Projekt RED, the makers of critically acclaimed The Witcher series. The developer has been working on this new game for half a decade and we now have a better understanding as to what players will be able to do. Based on the pen-and-paper tabletop of the same name, this is one game you're going to want to keep an eye on.

Here's all we know about Cyberpunk 2077 so far.

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What is Cyberpunk 2077?

Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world RPG developed by CD Projekt RED and set in the futuristic metropolis of Night City, Northern California. The year is 2077 and the game itself will be based on the pen-and-paper tabletop Cyberpunk, created by Mike Pondsmith.

The world of Cyberpunk will be familiar to anyone who is aware of the Blade Runner series of films. Think about cybernetic implants, advanced computer systems, and technology — essentially a bunch of future stuff way beyond our current understandings.

You'll easily lose yourself in Night City.

Night City will feel alive with new busy crowd technologies the developer has built, but it's not all glamorous as the postcards would have you believe. Nothing is procedural and the world will be large with plenty of verticle areas to explore, namely buildings. There are going to be areas that will require wit and some diplomacy if you don't want to engage foes in combat.

Corporations essentially took over and were in open warfare while gangs who believe in implants are fighting over territory. The government has collapsed and it's every man, woman, and child out for themselves. It very much is a warzone, split up into different sectors.

Your journey starts in the aftermath of the fourth Corporate War.

What you'll do in Cyberpunk 2077

In Cyberpunk 2077 you will control the character called V, who can be a male or female and customized as the player sees fit. You'll be able to name V with a forename and surname to really immerse oneself into the dystopian world — think of it as a blank canvas. Numerous options for hair, tattoos and more will be available.

Your task is to carve out a piece of the pie for yourself, starting out as a mercenary, working your way up the criminal career ladder. While you will have stats like strength and other familiar traits, there is no strict class system to lock yourself into. You'll be able to become a renown high-tech ninja assassin or terrifying heavy gun wielder.

Many classes have been brought across from the tabletop version of Cyberpunk, though the player will only be able to develop V to take advantage of skills from Netrunner, Techie, and Solo. Depending on how you will approach quests, combat, dialogue, and the world of Cyberpunk, in general, will dictate which path you go down.

CD Projekt RED is best known for creating immersive worlds, full of interesting characters, unique storylines and excellent experiences. This game will likely be indifferent. The team has taken its time with Cyberpunk 2077 and that can only mean we're in for a treat with a take on the Cyberpunk universe. There will be vehicles that can be driven, weapons that can be used to exterminate foes, and people to woo into romantic relationships.

Tabletop adapted gameplay

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a first-person RPG at heart but will focus on shooter mechanics also. It's a strange mashup for CD Projekt RED. Cyberware will offer the player (and other characters) the ability to employ augmented abilities to perform some crazy moves like sending projectiles around corners.

As touched on in our hands-on with Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED is attempting to interconnect everything within the game. Should you wish to customize your UI, which is powered by an OS, you'll need to purchase an upgrade. An advert display you come across on your travels may allow you to download a questline.

You can drive vehicles in the world of Cyberpunk.

The developer has attempted to reward exploration in The Witcher 3 and it seems the same will be seen in Cyberpunk 2077. You're also going to be able to drive in Night City, a refreshing change from having to take Roach along with you everywhere.

Because of the setting, gunplay will play a part in Cyberpunk 2077, instead of swordplay. And abilities are going to kick some serious ass. But again, how you choose to develop V is entirely down to personal preference and how you enjoy playing the RPG.

And that's a large part of Cyberpunk. You'll be able to tackle missions, areas, situations, and enemies how you'd prefer. Sneak around the back and enter quietly or roll in guns blazing.

Will there be multiplayer?

Multiplayer features are said to be in testing for the game, though we do not know what they will be. CD Projekt RED continues to bang the drum that Cyberpunk 2077 is a single-player game first and foremost.

We'll keep you updated should further details be released.

When will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?

Cyberpunk 2077

The game has been in the works for many years now (announced in 2012), but CD Projekt RED has yet to confirm a release date. The studio has kept to its guns with the statement that it will be released "when it's done." Luckily, the developer is owned by CD Projekt, which has Gwent, GOG and other means of financing development and ensure that more than enough time is spent on quality assurance to get it just right.

The speculation is that Cyberpunk 2077 will hit stores in 2019 — not 2077 as some would jest. The game is available for preorder at some locations (Amazon has the Xbox One version listed for December 31, 2019, at $60, though both are unconfirmed), however, and will be released on PC and current-gen consoles.

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