Somewhere in Poland, CD Projekt Red are slowly leaking more and more information about Cyberpunk 2077. The studio's android herding follow up to The Witcher will be retiring your spare time sometime before 2077. Here's what we know so far.
Update, 06 June 2018 - CD Projekt Red have filed a trademark application for "Cyberpunk 2077" just before E3 2018, on 04 June 2018. The trademark will apply to games software, jewellery, writing instruments, luggage, clothing, games accessories and online game services. This information pretty much means they're in the process of making Cyberpunk 2077 merchandise, so there is a possibility E3 2018 attendees will get swag bags of sorts.
Considering the application is now specifically referring to "Cyberpunk 2077" and not just "Cyberpunk", one might hazard a guess that the backlash CD Projekt Red faced the first time around had some effect. That said, other projects with "cyberpunk" in their names will be able to virtually sprout without having the lawsuit equivalent of Sword of Damocles hanging above their heads.
Gematsu have confirmed that CD Projekt Red is booking one-hour appointments with press at E3 2018. Technically this isn't news, since an editor already leaked this information at the start of May 2018 (scroll below or Ctrl+F for "Fossetti"), but the info was never officially confirmed. According to Gematsu, CD Projekt Red have openly told some news outlets they will be showing "a sci-fi RPG". Definitely sounds better than Thronebreaker, right?
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Update, 24 May 2018 - CD Projekt Red have confirmed that the rumours regarding a quick release following E3 2018 were unfounded. Adam Kicinski has confirmed that the road to Cyberpunk 2077 will not be a "flash" campaign that would last "several months from the title announcement to the premiere".
He also added that development for Cyberpunk 2077 "will surely be more expensive than in the case of Witcher 3, but it's early to discuss the details". Apparently there are no binding assumptions as to the cost of the campaign, but with great hopes come great investments. Kicinski did say that CD Projekt Red have "high hopes when it comes to that title".
Unlike the rumours of a possible release coming soon, these details are hard facts given by Adam Kicinski and CD Projekt Red's CFO Piotr Nielubowicz during a conference call they hosted in order to talk about Q1 2018 results. More highlights from the conference call can be found here.
In light of this information, it appears that the super secret press showing that CD Projekt Red will host during E3 2018 might focus on something else, likely War of Blood or Thronebreaker. These two names are placeholder for another project CD Projekt Red are working on and it is set to premiere in Q4 2018. More information on the "behind the doors" press meeting can be found below.
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CD Projekt Red may have something special in store for the press during E3 2018. This information was revealed by Francesco Fossetti, an editor on the Italian site Everyeye. Fossetti apparently received an invitation for something "super secret" that will happen during the event but it should be a "big deal" since the appointment will last for an hour.
Similar "behind closed doors" moves were pulled by other developers and publishers before, usually showing a trailer for the public during an expo and a more in-depth presentation to the press. When NDA would get lifted during a later date, the press would rush to publish any info they were handed during the expo. This is a win-win-win situation since developers and publishers get free promotion, the press gets hot material to publish and the players get an extended look at a highly anticipated game.
Now, one might speculate this is exactly what will happen with Cyberpunk 2077 during E3 2018 since any rumours and leaks were met with major interest and fans are thirsty for more info on the game. Fossetti makes a note of this in his Facebook post, where he mentions that tingling sensation running down the spine.
On the other hand, you may want to take this with a grain of salt since there is no official confirmation by anyone from CD Projekt Red. Rumours about Cyberpunk 2077 have been flying wildly during the last few weeks, and all of them are compiled further down this article.
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Latest rumour circling Cyberpunk 2077 is that the game will be strictly played in first person. This came as a bad surprise for players who were looking to customise their characters to extreme ends but thankfully this info hasn't been confirmed by CD Projekt Red.
This rumour originated on gamepressure, who quoted an anonymous CD Projekt Red employee as their source. The rumour caused discussions to flare up and some fans got quite disgruntled in the process. Cyberpunk 2077's subreddit eventually had to be heavily modded to calm tensions until user TheYearIs2077 provided the last bit of official info from CD Projekt Red.
The info in question from the picture on reddit is five years old now and the TPP and FPP point could be discarded as outdated.
However, CD Projekt Red kept their emphasis on extensive customisation over the years. It would be somewhat pointless to keep customising a character without being able to actually see it.
Other rumours from this unidentified source claim that a part of the game's story will take place on the Moon and that wall walking will be possible. Now, walking on the Moon might look wacky at first glance but it would be a normal thing in the Cyberpunk universe, as humankind has been to Mars in regular intervals during Cyberpunk 2020.
Wall walking also goes hand in hand with CD Projekt Red's vision of fast paced combat for Cyberpunk 2077. Some of this source's info definitely looks legitimate which prompts the question of whether CD Projekt Red are intentionally feeding false rumours in order to keep the audience off balance and preserve surprise factor of their E3 reveal.
My point here is that all rumours flying about at the moment are on flimsy legs and expecting more concrete info prior to the E3 presentation may just be wishful thinking at this point.
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CD Projekt Red Board will recommend not paying dividends to shareholders in 2018. They have announced that the profits from 2017 will be allocates for investments and considering that Cyberpunk is their biggest one at the moment, it is safe to assume this will go towards the game's marketing needs.
Should this proposal go through, CD Projekt Red's assets they have amassed on their account will most likely go towards Cyberpunk 2077's marketing. The current amount of money on CD Projekt Red's account is apparently about £135,3 million.
This will mean one of the following two things. The company will either show a lot more Cyberpunk 2077 footage and assets via marketing, but this should happen after E3 2018. The second possibility is that they will announce, heavily market and release the game in quick succession while the hype still lasts, much like Bethesda did with Fallout 4.
This would mean Cyberpunk 2077's release date might be a lot closer than anyone is guessing at the moment.
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Back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 was announced as a video game adaptation by CD Projekt Red of the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop roleplaying game and came with a short teaser trailer which gave us insight into the style and composition of the game's universe.
The trailer shows s modern sci-fi world from the titular year 2077 and the actions of the Psycho Squad against the aptly named "Psychos". These are in layman's terms, people who overuse implants and body alterations until their body stops listening to them and develops a mind of its own. A mind intent on violence.
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We can assume from this that the protagonist of the game will be either a Psycho or a member of Psycho Squad, and who knows, CD Projekt Red might even give us a choice between the two.
After the award-winning trailer in 2012 we heard mainly nothing official about the game except an interview from 2013 with the game's director, Mateusz Kanik, in which he explains the universe a bit further and the gameplay system which will be implemented.
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We do know that the game changed greatly since 2012, with CD Projekt Red even stating that the game's assets were scrapped after being threatened by a hacker who obtained the source files sometime in 2017 and demanded financial compensation, to which CD Projekt Red basically said: "Do it."
The game will be a story-centric single-player game, but there is a microscopic possibility of having a multiplayer element later on, it will have character classes, and even though they haven't revealed which ones we'll be able to choose from, but we can assume they will have connections to the classes from the original roleplaying game such as Netrunner, Techie, Nomad, Fixer and such.
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The only thing CDPR have confirmed so far is that the game will have online elements for purposes of long-term viability, but nothing was revealed as to what shape these elements might arrive in on release.
The game will be open world and CDPR claim it will be "far, far bigger than Witcher 3". So, if we have learned anything from the Witcher 3, we can expect diverse side stories which spice up the game's main themes. Let's just hope the map won't be too big to fill with fun points of interest.
Important to mention is the soundtrack of the game, which is being made by Witcher 3 lead composer Marcin Przybyłowicz, and will probably scratch that Blade Runner itch that most sci-fi fans have. It is a hard mission for Marcin, to go from making music for a medieval fantasy game to a modern sci-fi game.
Another thing the team at CDPR have declared is that verticality will be almost omni-present in the game's final build. What this surely means and refers to is the ability to use Aerodynes, the game's term for flying vehicles, to traverse the city and possibly it's surroundings. What this also may suggest is the characters being able to move in and out of buildings at will.
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The team working on the game has been pretty hush hush on the entire process of development from 2013-2018, until the game's official twitter page tweeted this stating the game's vital signs were good.
*beep*— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) January 10, 2018
After that they announced that they might even be working to make the game for the next generation of consoles as well as this one, and they will be using a new engine, the REDengine 4.
The development team made sure to clear up rumours of loot boxes and other similar microtransactions in their game in short order.
.@PrettyBadTweets Worry not. When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) November 19, 2017
CD Projekt Red announced they would be appearing on E3 2018, but did not provide further information as to what they will be presenting. We can assume it will be Cyberpunk 2077 since the only two games CDPR are working on currently are Cyberpunk and Gwent.
The game was also referenced to as a hidden easter egg in Witcher 3 at a certain point by Ciri, where she mentions a world she had travelled to where people have metal in their heads, wage wars from afar and everyone has their own flying ship instead of horses, to which Geralt replied: "Ciri, stop fooling around."
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The company enters massive crunch times to deliver the game on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4, even resorting to opening an additional studio in Wrocław to work on the game, which points to the game slowly but surely reaching release status. It would take a cataclysmic event for the game to be cancelled at this point.
We look forward to seeing more of the game in the coming months, especially if it hits E3 this June.