The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED are finally starting to reveal more about their next role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2077. It’s set to be a decidedly different experience from their fantasy games, and early trailers already have us itching to venture into its world.
While there’s still more questions than answers regarding the game, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about it after it’s grand unveiling at E3 this week. Here are 7 reasons why Cyberpunk 2077 will blow you away.
Excitingly, Cyberpunk 2077 will play decidedly different from the developer’s past titles. This will be a first-person shooter, but they aren’t completely getting away from the role-playing elements that have defined their previous work.
Players can use bullet time to slow down combat, and specialized bullets can be equipped that bounce off walls and into enemies. It’s bound to be a different type of shooter, but one that’s decidedly CD Projekt RED.
V won’t be your standard role-playing game protagonist. The mercenary can be completely customized by the player. Everything from the character’s gender to their body type and class will be up to you. This allows players to potentially create a cyberpunk version of themselves or produce their wildest creation. V isn’t so much a creation of CD Projekt RED, but of the player themselves.
Night City, California is a sprawling metropolis that is comprised of six different areas: City Center, Watson, Westbrook, Heywood, Pacifica, and Santo Domingo. Each of the different locales have a distinct look and feel that players will have to get a handle on. Exploration is handled both on-foot and in vehicles. Players can take advantage of future technology by letting autonomous cars drive from one area to another so they can focus on combat.
Storytelling has always been one of CD Projekt RED’s strong suits, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt showcased how impressively the developer can handle branching storylines. They’ll be attempting to do the same with Cyberpunk 2077, but on an even greater scale. The studio has confirmed that there will be multiple endings and different story outcomes to experience. Player choice will play a vital role throughout the game, and it will ensure that no two playthroughs will be exactly the same.
While plenty of role-playing games have skill trees with no in-game explanation, Cyberpunk 2077 will have a good explanation for V to learn new abilities over the course of the game. These additional skills will come in the form of cybernetic implants that can be purchased. Players can use them to decipher languages that NPCs speak. The better the implant, the more accurate the translations will be.
Combat will be a highly strategic affair in Cyberpunk 2077. One major aspect that players will have to deal with is the four types of damage that need to be avoided and afflicted: physical, thermal, EMP, and chemical. Players can identify which enemies do what type of damage by using their scanning ability. This becomes a core part of combat that players will have to master if they wish to be successful.
Hidden within the recent E3 2018 trailer was the announcement that Cyberpunk 2077 will follow The Witcher 3’s footsteps in terms of downloadable content and post-launch support. That fantasy RPG wound up receiving 16 free DLC packs, ranging from alternative character looks to a new game plus mode. Few studios support their games this ardently, and it’s certain that players will be going back to Cyberpunk 2077 for months after release.