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The brand new teaser trailer for CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 has (finally) landed, and fans of the genre are frothing at the mouth. We're given a glimpse into the world of the new RPG, where cybermodifications are commonplace, but overindulgence in physical augmentations can drive you to a murderous rage.
The trailer, of course, shows the aftermath of just such a rage, with the Night Police intervening after a young lady's modifications get the better of her. On hand to help is a member of the elite Psycho Squad, who has very specific plans.
Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED takes a little time to explain just what's going on, in case you missed anything.
The teaser shows how the Psycho Squad might acquire a new member. The Psycho Squad specializes in combating “psychos” – individuals who overuse implants and substances that boost or otherwise alter the human body. There comes a point when they overdose on these innovations, and their bodies start to rebel against their biological body parts as well as against all things organic around them. Simply put, they start killing people, who they now derisively call “meatbags.”
When a psycho goes on the rampage, strange things can happen. There’s going to be a lot of carnage, so the psycho might be taken down by regular police, but they’re not always able to get the job done. When things spin out of control, they call in MAX-TAC (Maximum Force Tactical Division), popularly called the “Psycho Squad”. And these guys are exceptional, these guys are crack troops. The fact that they’re proud of that name tells you a bit about their mindset. They wear a badge with their official emblem on their right sleeve, but their left is reserved for their unofficial Psycho Squad emblem. It’s primitively made and the image itself is on the crude side of things. It’s not unlike a badge special force operators might make and wear to distinguish themselves from the ranks of grunts in any theatre of war.
If you've started counting out your pennies and are looking for a date that you can circle in your diary, you'lll have to wait a little while longer. While CD Projekt RED hasn't made any obvious, official announcements regarding launch windows, there is a secret message tucked away in that there trailer. Specifically, the studio isn't targeting launch until "a way off in 2015", but if it's not ready by then, you'll be left hanging.
We will release Cyberpunk to you when we're convinced it is nothing but pure, refined, unadulterated awesome. We want it to be the most kick ass futuristic RPG ever--OK, maybe this sounds pretty bully, but it is our actual goal! You judge if we deliver it!
...so why did they unveil everything so early? Simple: The dev team is still being compiled. If you're interested in such things, and are a "talented dude or dudette", then they want you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cyberpunk 2077 is based heavily on the well-known Cyberpunk pen & paper RPG franchise, with the video game adaptation promising a story-heavy, non-linear, open-world RPG experience. Gamers are thrown into 2077 (surprise!), where humankind hasn't managed to get rid of its problems. Instead, says CD Projekt RED, we multiplied them. Starting out in the metropolis of Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 tells the story of one individual, raised on the streets. That, my friend, is you.
Stay tuned for more information - there's still plenty of time before this one hits shelves, and plenty more to talk about before it gets here. (In the meantime, CD Projekt RED is promising another "fully open-world game with an intense story" that should be out well before Cyberpunk 2077, so you won't have to go without!)
Jimmy the Geek