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The futuristic role-playing game in the works at CD Projekt RED has officially been named Cyberpunk 2077, set in the world created by Mike Pondsmith, creator of the original pen-and-paper RPG Cyberpunk, and one of the fathers of the cult genre.
It's been a while since we've heard from the franchise, but Pondsmith explains why the time is right for a new video game:
The Team has to love the material. The Team has to want to be faithful to the material. The Team has to have the skills to execute the material and see that vision through to the end. They have to be on fire with the desire to make an extraordinary game.
And that leads, at last, to why we hooked up with CD Projekt RED.
Drawing inspiration from places like Blade Runner, the works by William Gibson and - of course - the fabled pen-and-paper game, Cyberpunk 2077 throws players into a thoroughly immersive world, the dark future of the year 2077. By that stage of human existence, advanced technologies are both the curse of humanity and its salvation. Expect a non-linear, multi-threaded storyline (or two) weaving its way through the sprawling metropolis of Night City. This one's not for the youngens, with locations much-beloved by Cyberpunk 2020 fans - including the legendary Afterlife joint, nostalgic Forlorn Hope and the inevitable gang-infested combat zones.
We're looking at a sandboxy future, combining game mechanics of pen-and-paper RPGs with the demands of modern video game fans.
Gameplay will pump adrenaline through players’ veins and be consistent with the celebrated Cyberpunk spirit – rebellion, style, edge, uncertainty. And of course, a cyberpunk reality cannot be deprived of murderous steel – guns, rifles, implants, dozens of gadgets and other varied pieces of equipment needed to survive on the streets of Night City. The developers are focused on making the technology of 2077 credible and exciting.
Not too much information floating around about Cyberpunk 2077 just yet, no real release windows mentioned (obviously at least 2013 at this stage), and no platforms discussed. We're expecting it to be PC-friendly, but console releases aren't out of the question. Stay tuned, CD Projekt RED does good stuff, and this one sounds ridiculously promising.
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