With the success of the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red has quite the shoes to fill with their upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 titles. It’s probably due to this insanely high fan expectation that’s led CD Projekt Red to keep details of the highly anticipated game mostly under wraps.
Let’s face it, aside from the E3 2018 trailer and the Gamescom 2018 screenshots (which you can see below), Cyberpunk 2077 hasn’t given us a ton to go off of. While CDPR left us just wanting more, we do have some details about the game and the freedom players will be able to enjoy while they explore all that Night City has to offer.
First up, an almost identical behind closed doors demo from E3 was shown at Gamescom. While that has still not been released for public viewing, we do at least have 4 screenshots to analyze. The demo showed off Cyberpunk’s main character, V, trying to broker a deal with a gang in hopes of obtaining an “incredibly powerful piece of technology”. V is hired by Dexter DeShawn, a big player among the society of Night City, to make sure this deal goes down the right way. Of course, this is a video game, so obviously there is a complication. A representative from a Corporation shows up looking to get in on the deal and tries to persuade V to get the tech for them.
You can check out the new screenshots for Cyberpunk 2077 here:
With regards to player freedom, Cyberpunk 2077 will let you create the look and background of V the minute you start the game. Cosmetic options will let you create the V you want to be, but you’ll also be able to give him/her a backstory that will have effects on how certain parts of the game play out. There aren’t any “classes” in Cyberpunk 2077, so you’ll be able to allocate perks, however, and wherever you like. Furthermore, players will be able to constantly tweak and customize their V by installing Cyberware. This firmware will unlock abilities and augments that can do anything from boosting awareness during combat to enhanced reflexes.
People were taken aback when the first behind closed doors demo revealed that the game would be in first-person, much like Deus Ex. It became rapidly apparent though, that that perspective was more fitting for this type of game, versus the third-person perspective of the Witcher series. With combat having a firearm focus it made more sense for the game to take on the first-person view. While the focus of combat is on firefights, players will have the freedom to approach these situations how they’d like. For example, they could use the arm-blade to dig into a wall and gain the perfect sniper spot, or you could track bullets and have them ricochet around corners, taking out unsuspecting enemies. The cutscenes will be in third-person though, and an option will be available for a detached camera when driving vehicles.
Finally, CD Projekt Red also released some new concept art for Cyberpunk 2077. While it may not sound like anything, it would seem CDPR is continuing their secret messages trend with their promo-material.
In the top right area of this image is a “bit.ly” link, commonly used to shorten website links. When the hyperlink is manually entered in full, the link brings us to a picture with seemingly random text on it…
For those of you that have a hard time converting numbers to letters, the text “translates” to “More than meets the eye.”
The image has since been opened in a text editor, and somehow things got even weirder…
Apparently, that is hidden within the image. It reads, “Can’t talk. They’re watching. Need my TT insurance renewed ASAP. Use the provided ID. Counting on you.”
The tease doesn’t stop there though. Another person did some digging and found that “Trauma Team International”, a corporation in Cyberpunk 2077 that has some serious power, was hiding some messages of their own…
It would seem that we have yet to get the full story of just what is happening in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. I’m sure more light will be shed on these messages as time goes on, but these have begun to re-fuel the idea that Cyberpunk 2077 will have a mobile ARG to go along with it. If nothing else, that last image seems to implicate we might be finding out more details in the next 7 days.
While we are all anxiously awaiting a release date, Cyberpunk 2077 will be dropping on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Eventually. Be sure to check out the E3 trailer below!