Mike Pondsmith, creator of Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop game and consultant on CD Project Red's upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077, has warned that the game will take time to mature into what CDPR and he envisioned, calling for fans' patience.
Cyberpunk 2077 is progressing nicely though, with Pondsmith claiming that it's "pretty damn close to what I would have built if I built it alone myself in a broom closet." What he means is that all the main ingredients are already there but it's still far along from a finished article.
Pondsmith said that both he and CDPR have pretty high standards and that such "perfection does take time", leaving a lot of iteration ahead of the team. He also added that he is glad that Cyberpunk 2077's E3 showing didn't "show the whole world gameplay", since it leaves the dev plenty of leeway in terms of development and further polishing of existing concepts.
Ultimately, Pondsmith said that the team "need space, [they] need time, and [they] need the privacy to mull it over." Too many cooks spoil the broth, he concluded.
Of course, Pondsmith barely needed to call for patience because CDPR has quite a dedicated following, many of them fanatically following the company that brought us the Witcher masterpieces. I mean, not even the NASA-grade computer required to run Cyberpunk 2077's E3 showing was enough to prevent them from hyping the game further.
On the other hand, CDPR's conduct hasn't always been patience-worthy, what with Witcher 3 having gone through two delays and a major graphics downgrade at the expense of PC users, before we've come to call it the masterpiece we know today. See, not all users forget as quickly, even if we're thankful for Witcher 3.
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Pondsmith's words seem to confirm the general expectation of Cyberpunk 2077 not launching before 2020, if hardware requirements weren't already enough of a hint. However, judging by the enthusiasm shown by the creator of Cyberpunk 2020, we'll be in for a treat, whenever that is.
Mike Pondsmith was speaking to IGN.