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.
Gamescom 2018 saw the reveal of brand new screenshots, but the biggest news came days later; the reveal of a 48-minute gameplay walkthrough, which you can watch in all its' glory at the top of this page.
This was followed up by a huge presence at E3 2019, where CD Projekt Red showcased not only a new cinematic trailer but got Keanu Reeves - star of John Wick and The Matrix - to come on-stage and reveal the game's release date. Then at Gamescom 2019, Google revealed that the game would be available on its new streaming service, Stadia.
Here's everything you need to know.
When will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?
Of course, the biggest question is “when will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?” and after literally years of waiting, Keanu Reeves took to the stage at E3 2019 to confirm the release date: 16 April 2020.
Which platforms will Cyberpunk 2077 be available for?
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.
What should I expect from Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay?
Gameplay is one area of Cyberpunk 2077 that has got the entire internet guessing – and that’s because until relatively recently, there wasn't much in the way of information online, only gossip and rumours.
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.
The company has also confirmed that multiplayer is now on the cards, although the team has only just started work on it and, as such, won't be a feature of the game at launch. It is coming, though, with CD Projekt Red teasing that the fully-fledged multiplayer mode will make an appearance once all free single-player DLC is released.
Latest Cyberpunk 2077 trailer
The latest trailer gives us a good look at what to expect from gameplay and showcases various systems at play, from character creation to driving to the more RPG-esque elements of the game. It's a fascinating watch, and you can see the full 14-minute video here: