Remember that amazing trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 that appeared in early 2013? Wonder why we haven’t heard anything from the game since? CD Projekt RED has a very good reason for the radio silence – and no, that doesn’t mean the game’s been axed.
While the trailer looks stunning, it’s effectively a bunch of smoke and mirrors, says CD Projekt RED. The video was created by a single staff member (art director Maciej Jackiewicz), who filled the credits with fake names to make it seem more legit.
Marketing manager Olga Cyganiak laughs:
That’s why there’s no animation. It’s very static because he had no more hands!
The company’s head of marketing, Michal Platkow-Gilewski, explains that the trailer has worked very well as a recruitment tool. The company is now more international, with 50-60 people dedicated to Cyberpunk 2077 (drawn from around 20 different countries). More people are helping on the project, but splitting their time between it and The Witcher 3.
Cyberpunk 2077 was first announced in June 2012, which Platkow-Gilewski tells Venturebeat was maybe a little early. Even by the time the trailer came out, in January 2013, the team literally had nothing more to show.
Now we have way more, but still we are not talking about it.
We already know that the game is inspired by the pen-and-paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020, and will feature locations, characters and ideas made popular by the tabletop game, which focusses largely on society’s downfall and the rise of technology that accompanies it.
Platkow-Gilewski is remaining awfully tight-lipped on the project – but he says there should be more information “in one year”, so stay tuned.