Fans were beside themselves with excitement when the trailer for CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 was shown at E3 2018. It also turns out that, although there is some of the Witcher DNA in the game, it very much its own expansive beast.
Many fans of CD Projekt Red’s previous games have found themselves disappointed when it was revealed that instead of the “traditional” third person perspective The Witcher III had, Cyberpunk 2077 will be mostly played in a first-person view. And while there will be loads of shooting stuff, CD Projekt Red has insisted that this is still very much an immersive RPG in the same vein as The Witcher III. In their opinion, it’s even more so as the first-person perspective will allow players to be even more immersed in the game. This makes a lot of sense when viewed out of this perspective as first-person games can be more immersive if handled correctly.
This immersiveness carries over to the game’s dialogue system, which sees dialogue options popping up when looking at a character. And although that character can continue to talk to you as you look and move around, the dialogue seems to take place in real-time and the dialogue options disappear once you stray your view from them. This helps make interactions between the player and NPC feel more natural rather than stilted.
So what will prevent Cyberpunk 2077 from becoming a mindless shooter? The care and attention the developer put into creating interesting strategic choices during combat. Further, players will also have a variety of abilities like hacking their enemies or slicing them with their elbow blades. Truth be told, it sounds a lot like the recent Deus Ex series.
There will also be driving sections in the game, although how much driving the developer has not confirmed. What is clear is that they want the player to explore the intricate world on foot and will probably limit the time you can spend using a vehicle.
As with previous games, Cyberpunk 2077 is also for a mature audience. Those that were lucky enough to have seen some actual gameplay at E3 2018 have reported that the game does contain its fair share of nudity (full frontal), swearing and gore. Players will also be able to create a customised male or female character and, as with The Witcher, will be able to spread the love through romantic options available to them.