Every once and a while a title will come along to define a generation. With the official reveal of Cyberpunk 2077 by developer CD Projekt Red, it looks like the next generation defining title is on the horizon. The 48 minute demo can be seen below and it’s a doozy.
(Credit to CD Projekt Red)
If you were apart of the school of thought that firmly believed the Witcher 3 was Projekt Red’s magnum opus, Cyberpunk looks like it will exceed The Witcher 3 in every conceivable way. It’s already a visual marvel, the amount of detail in the characters, background, and effects are staggering. Cyberpunk is a first-person action RPG and while this may be off-putting for some, those doubts should be quelled based off Projekt Red’s track record. The action looked fast and frantic, fully allowing the player to choose how they approach a situation. Players will have various abilities to help amplify their playstyle and these can be modified in-game at the Ripperdoc, who will act as an upgrade vendor.
This is a fully fledged RPG, which means there are stats to every piece of gear the player picks up, there are dialogue trees when interacting with NPC’s, and there will be upgrades that can be acquired conventionally or through the black market. Enemies will have health bars and damage indicators will be shown in combat. There are cooldowns to your abilities and while this was a controlled demo, all of this looks promising and incredibly polished.
Just like the Witcher series, you will operate in a sprawling open-world. Night City can be explored on foot or through the various means of transportation. The demo shows driving and it looks smooth, because the Witcher spent a good deal on horseback and this was a relatively smooth process, you can bet that driving through Night City will be just as smooth. It should be noted that while the game is completely in first-person, the driving can be done in third-person.
For a game that could be a few years off, Cyberpunk has left quite the impression. It looks like it could be a title that you can invest hundreds of hours in and you may not even scratch the surface of its potential. It doesn’t feel like it will run on current gen hardware because of the amount of detail shown in the demo. The RPG elements look in-depth and the freedom of choice means that the varying paths could lead to an endless amount of playthroughs. This looks like the mother of all RPG’s and frankly…I can’t wait.
The Witcher 3 has the throne for now, but when Cyberpunk 2077 arives, I fully expect this to be a worthy successor.