During Gamescom, critics were treated to an in-depth look at CD Projekt Red’s next ambitious title, Cyberpunk 2077. What they saw was a 48 minute demo that was closed to the public. The footage was quite well received though, leaving the public to walk away feeling that they missed out on seeing the game.
CD Projekt Red remedied that today. The studio released the previously private footage out to the masses this afternoon. And it proves that next year’s open world first-person RPG is one to be excited for.
The video begins with a disclaimer from a narrator reaffirming that everything you are about to see is subject to change. We then jump right in to the character creation suite and see exactly how we’ll be putting together our avatar for what’s sure to be dozens and dozens of hours.
From there, we jump right into an early mission within the game. It’s frenetic and intense. Yet incredibly impressive for a game that still has no release date in sight. Still, the developers are taking great care to ensure you know that this is not a final product.
Adam Badowski, Cyberpunk 2077 Game Director and CD Projekt Red Head of Studio, stressed to fans that while today’s footage looks great, the game is still very much a work in progress:
“What we’re releasing today was recorded from a game deep in development. Since many of the assets and mechanics in the current version of Cyberpunk 2077 are most likely to be modified, we initially decided to show this gameplay only to media. Elements like gunplay (both in terms of visuals and how RPG stats influence it), netrunning, car physics, or the game’s UI — everything’s pretty much still in the playtest phase and we felt uneasy about publicly committing to any particular design. Animation glitches, work-in-progress character facial expressions, early versions of locations — all this made us hesitant to release what you’re about to see.
However, we are also well aware that many of you want to see what the media saw. Although this is probably not the same game you’ll see on your screen when we launch, we still decided to share this 48-minute video with you. This is how Cyberpunk 2077 looks today.”
Cyberpunk 2077 has been in development of some form for over 6 years now. It certainly looks as though it’s getting closer and closer to its final form. Hopefully CD Projekt Red can cement all the bells and whistles needed to get the game into our hands by the end of next year.