Even before the huge success of The Witcher 3 back in 2015, developers’ CD Projekt Red was hard at work on brand-new IP Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world RPG set in a sci-fi inspired future. The game was initially announced back in 2013 and nobody heard anything about it until January 2018, when the game’s official Twitter account tweeted a single word:
*beep*— Cyberpunk Game (@CyberpunkGame) January 10, 2018
While the tweet revealed no new information, it got fans excited that 2018 could be the year that we finally learn more about Cyberpunk 2077? Here’s all we know, including a potential release date window, gameplay, platform support and more.
Cyberpunk 20177 release date: When will it be released?
Of course, the biggest question is “when will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?” and sadly, that question looks like it’ll stay unanswered for the foreseeable future. You see, developers’ CD Projekt Red isn’t known for rushing the development of its games, and as such, there’s no solid release date – or even release window – in sight.
The developers have previously stated that there’s a release target of 2019 at the very least, meaning we’ve still got quite some time before we get to play Cyberpunk 2077 ourselves.
The good news is that a recent rumour claims that the game will have an E3 2018 presence where we’ll get a glimpse not only at brand new gameplay footage from the upcoming title, but maybe even an opportunity for attendees or media to get some hands-on time too.
Cyberpunk 2077 platforms: How will I be able to play it?
While some may be holding out hope that the upcoming title will somehow make it to the Nintendo Switch, we don’t feel as confident; CDPR develops incredibly detailed, complex and gorgeous games, and going by the quality of 2015’s The Witcher 3, we can’t imagine that the Switch will be able to power it.
With that being said, we’ll update this section once the developers confirm Cyberpunk 2077 platform support.
Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay: What should I expect?
Gameplay is one area of Cyberpunk 2077 that has got the entire internet guessing – and that’s because there isn’t much in the way of information online, only gossip and rumours. Apart from a single teaser trailer that was showcased back in January 2013 (that can be seen at the top of the article), nobody apart from the Warsaw-based devs know what the game will offer.
For those completely unaware, Cyberpunk 2077 is a new IP from the developers of the Witcher series. Cyberpunk 2077 is set in an open world known as Night City; a bright, neon sci-fi-inspired metropolis whose residents communicate with one another in a variety of foreign languages. While details are scarce, we imagine that we’ll be learning the ways of the city while trying to grasp the languages utilised by its residents to discover strange, dangerous conspiracies.
The developers have taken to Twitter to calm fans nerves about what to expect from the game. “Worry not” the devs tweeted. “We leave greed to others.”
.@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
It’s not the only time that CD Projekt Red has lifted the veil on its upcoming project, either. According to the developers, Cyberpunk 2077 will be considerably ‘wider’ than The Witcher 3, offering a range of environments to explore, treasures to find, unique quests and NPCs, and it sounds like there will be a lot of violence too.
It’s said that the player will be able to obtain and level up a series of skills, abilities and enhancements to improve gameplay and add new mechanics. This can include, for example, the ability to communicate with the NPC residents of Night City using Braindance, a handy digital recording device.
Speaking at Pareto Securities’ Gaming Seminar, CD Projekt RED CEO Adam Kicinski claimed that Cyberpunk 2077 “is our new Witcher 3, but even more ambitious.”
“We work [in a] new universe, futuristic universe. We believe it’s very appealing to players, not only RPG players—but this is [a] true RPG, like Witcher, like Witcher 3, for mature audiences. It’s handcrafted, detailed, of course open-world, with open-ended gameplay,” he said.
Though we’ve not yet seen any actual gameplay from Cyberpunk 2077, we do know that it’ll run on RedEngine 4.0, an improved version of the engine that powered the stunning The Witcher 3.