CD Projekt Red has expressed very high hopes for its new upcoming title, Cyberpunk 2077.
Ever since the game’s first cinematic reveal trailer, details about the game have been slowly emerging. But it looks like fans might finally see actual game footage this E3.
Although it is only a rumor and the developer has not said anything official, they are bringing an “unspecified” RPG to E3.
The unspecific nature of the title may appear confusing, but fans are nearly certain that Cyberpunk will be shown for a fair number of reasons. For one, the studio CD Projekt Red has shown a tremendous past love for big, standout reveals at large events. They also enjoy dropping key, mouth watering details about their games as often as possible, and keeping hype levels high for their games. For Cyberpunk, they’ve been quick to brag about the game’s scale, stating that it will be bigger, more open, more dynamic, and more ambitious than even the highly-coveted Witcher 3. It’s not hard to believe that they would take this opportunity to leave their E3 title “unspecified” for the chance to build up some extra hype.
Two more reasons make the reveal even more certain: CD Projekt Red does not usually work on more than one project at a time. They tend to be a studio with an extremely singular focus due to the tremendous size and quality of the titles they produce. Second, CD Projekt is very familiar with the gaming audience it is dealing with, and leaving the game “unspecified” will fill gamers with hope that the game will be Cyberpunk 2077. This would be very negative for the press of any title they revealed at the event other than Cyberpunk, and CD Projekt, with an understanding of the audience, would probably announce whatever they were showing ahead of time.
Cyberpunk 2077 is set to be released at an unspecified time in the future. It has been in production for six years, with loose roots in Cyberpunk 2020, a tabletop game by Mike Pondsmith. The game is likely to be M-Rated, as CD Projekt have specified that the game will feature mature themes and will run a non-linear story through a dark and corrupt cyberpunk world. The game has been confirmed to be a first-person shooter with sandbox elements, an open world, and dense RPG mechanics. CD Projekt Red have also stated that the game will feature some kind of multiplayer elements, but have been quick to confirm that it is a Single-Player “True RPG Experience” first, and a multiplayer title second.
The game has also promised a “Pay Once And Play” model, but may include additional content sold as DLC down the line similar to The Witcher 3. After the Star Wars Battlefront II controversy, CD Projekt Red famously took advantage of all the negative press being thrown at EA and Dice to deliver a great promise to gamers and a snarky dig to Electronic Arts: “When thinking [Cyberpunk 2077], think nothing less than [The Witcher 3] – 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 the greed to others.”
If CD Projekt Red is able to pull through on all their ambitious goals, there is no doubt that many people will be playing Cyberpunk 2077 for a long time to come. But as their games grow bigger and bigger, it is questionable as to how high sales can reasonably get before CD Projekt Red has to find some other way to monetarily justify taking on another massive project. If CD Projekt Red does end up being the company to break the rule of only charging $60 max for a AAA game to avoid relying on microtransactions, they might see a higher success rate than most other developers. Besides, with their massive scope, fantastical graphics, rich settings and lovingly-crafted worlds, it’s hard to deny that these titles are worth more than their $60 asking price.
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