Recently the debut trailer for the futuristic RPG Cyberpunk 2077 from the developers behind The Witcher franchise was released and my word does it look good. The concept of the game comes originally from a pen-and-paper game of almost the same name (Cyberpunk 2020) and is a “combination of dystopian society, a lot of technology with this really great over layer of almost film noire” according to co creator Mike Pondsmith, who was also the creator of Cyberpunk 2020. While the trailer for the game does not actually contain any gameplay the team behind the game, CD Projekt RED, considers the video to be a target render. We can expect then that this certainly will be a next-gen console title.
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In sort of Deus Ex fashion, the woman from the trailer has been augmented with technology, however these modifications can cause insanity. This is where the Splinter Cell look-a-like steps in, a member of Night City’s special MAX-TAC agents, also known as Psycho Squad whose duty it is to take care of any cases of insanity. CD Projekt RED managing director Adam Badowski had a lot to say on the game:
“In 2077 as we imagine it, technology will be so advanced that implants will fit in the tip of a needle, making modification easy. The decision to change will therefore be largely aesthetic and ostensibly harmless. Realskin synthetic skin looks real but is better than real. It’s soft, it has pores that subtly release sweat, but it is so much more. It’s amazing, those who adopt it look like pumped, modified dolls, because they are perfect, or some version of it. When people choose modification, they’re making a statement, they’re expressing a preference.”
“When somebody walks around with a chrome hand, it’s not because there’s some underlying technology that makes their hand look like that. It’s because they think chrome hands look cool. When somebody has a leg with servomotors, it’s because they choose to look extreme (like the best new carbon fiber bike). And their choice is completely based on style, it extends and enriches their style. You’ll get access to a rich arsenal of firearms, but if you want to have blades because they look cool, go for it. All these elements will make it into Cyberpunk 2077. ‘Style Over Substance’ is our core theme, after all.”
The trailer ends with a fairly ambiguous release date of “when it’s ready” so for now we shall have to stare longingly at the concept art and designs of the beautiful looking world of Cyberpunk 2077 until we hear more.
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