There’s not many games that are as hotly anticipated as CD Projekt Red’s follow up to the successful Witcher franchise, Cyberpunk 2077.
While they showed a trailer at E3 in June and released some screenshots last week as part of Gamescom, specific information has been pretty scarce on the title. That’s all changed as of now, with a lengthy 48 minute gameplay demo complete with developer commentary has been released, giving us a proper in-depth glimpse of what we’re going to be playing when the game eventually launches.
I could talk about it at length, but really you should just watch it:
An incredibly detailed first person RPG, the footage shows a lot of choice based mechanics, with violent and non-violent approaches to most situations. Characters are well written and well animated; in fact, the production quality across the board is incredibly high, with a lot of detail in the beautiful futuristic open world. Streets are filled with people, vendors, places to explore. I even love how you interact with your apartment before heading off to your next quest.
The high tech setting is used to full effect, from the UI to the data chips you can equip and some of the abilities on show that you can use to assess your environment or zoom in over long distances. Weapons look slick and detailed too, along with the possibility of other abilities; the moment-to-moment shooting combat looks incredibly satisfying. There’s a lot to unpack over the course of the gameplay demo, that’s for certain.
Despite how fantastic it looks, Cyberpunk 2077 Quest Designer Patrick Mills was still nervous about showing the game at this stage.“We felt a little uneasy doing it, but the demand was high enough, so we’re putting it out there. This is a game still deep in development, and elements are subject to change.”
There’s a lot that we don’t see in detail yet, indicating that they’ve created an absolute beast of an experience. I’d expect nothing less from the developer that brought us The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, still one of the absolute best RPG’s of this generation. With no firm release date yet, anything could happen of course – but if this footage is anything to go by, we’re in for something truly special.