Cyberpunk 2077 on the Playstation 4
CD Projekt Red is primarily known for The Witcher, a series of role-playing games that took the gaming world by storm when it was first released on the PC and has gone on to sell millions of copies. What comes next for the company that helped put role-playing games back on the map? The answer comes in the form of Cyberpunk 2077, an ambitious project that looks to tap into one of the most well-respected, but worst-executed, genres in video game history. Will Cyberpunk 2077 be gaming's Blade Runner or will it be a Repo Men? Read on to find out.
As evident in its name, Cyberpunk 2077 will be set in the cyberpunk genre. The most obvious elements that define cyberpunk is a heavy element of futuristic technology, corporations that act almost as ruling bodies and societal changes such as individuals who live on the edge of society and violence being an accepted means of solving a problem. If you've played Deus Ex or Shadowrun, then you have an idea of what cyberpunk is.
Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith, who has a hand in Cyberpunk 2077, describes the genre as such on the official Cyberpunk 2077 website:
“Most people think cyberpunk is just a summary of specific tropes; big guns, dark streets and dangerous guys in ubiquitous leather dusters, but the core of cyberpunk is a lot more subtle than that. Cyberpunk is about the seductive qualities of corruption and decay… It doesn't have to be dirty or grimy on the physical level. But on the psycho-social level, even the cleanest and most orderly Corp-zone should be rife with darkness and collapse.”
Currently, no information about the game's story is known except that it will be non-linear and, much like The Witcher, your decisions will help shape the story. However, CD Projekt RED has stated the story will not fall back on typical RPG tropes such as saving the world, instead offering a more personal story tying into your character's struggles. The game will also be set in an open world, much like Witcher 3.
Unlike The Witcher, where every player played as the same main character, Cyberpunk 2077 enables players to create their own visually unique character. In an interview with IGN, creative director Sebastian Stepien explains how character customization is for more than just visual appeal:
“We will have several features that allow you to create your [visual] style, and your style will affect gameplay, storyline and relationships between characters. Your appearance and your dress will change the behaviour of NPCs, and also the story also in some parts.”
In that same interview with IGN, game director Mateusz Kanik let slip that the team behind Cyberpunk 2077 is building a brand new dialogue system just for this game:
"...we need to create a totally new unique dialogue system – we’re doing that right now, it should be awesome."
Right now, all we know is that Cyberpunk 2077 is placing an emphasis on action, with augments enhancing your character's abilities similar to games like Syndicate. What we don't know is everything else, such as whether the game is first- or third-person or how combat will actually play out.
However, one interesting concept for an implant that has been discussed was your character needing language implants to understand foreign language speakers, as no subtitles will be available. Want to understand what the man speaking Spanish to you is saying? Either learn Spanish or track down an implant that will translate it into English. Not just having the implant will be enough, as purchasing a cheap implant may alter the translation, leading you into a bad situation. It's these kind of clever mechanics that make Cyberpunk 2077 a game you'll want to keep an eye on.
While we've yet to see any in-game footage from Cyberpunk 2077, we do know it will be running on the REDengine 3, first seen in Witcher 2 and also being utilized by Witcher 3. As Witcher 3 is a gorgeous game, we have high hopes at PS4 Experts that Cyberpunk 2077 will look just as gorgeous.
CD Projekt RED has confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have multiplayer but has announced no further details.
Currently, Cyberpunk 2077 is a long ways off with a release date of 2015 for all systems including the PlayStation 4. In the meantime, you'll have Witcher 3 to keep you company.
Lately, rumors have circulated that the game has been cancelled; however, this is not the case. The studio has made a press release that development on the game continues, though right now all efforts are focused on getting Witcher 3 out the door. Expect Cyberpunk 2077 to slip into 2016 and beyond.
Let us know at PS4 Experts if you're looking forward to this game in the comments and check back often for up-to-date Cyberpunk 2077 news!
Game Category: Role Playing
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 7/21/2013