During the CD Projekt RED (CDPR, the developer behind The Witcher series) summer announcement event, it announced it had begun developing an RPG based on the pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk. Though the developers announcement event today revolved mostly around Good Old Games going Mac, but the big reveal was held for last.
Cyberpunk 2077 was revealed as the name of the upcoming RPG, and a few details about the title were also rolled out. The game will be an “ambitious RPG for mature audiences, set in the corrupt and tech-advanced world of the year 2077.” Except the date, that much was already known, but CDPR then revealed that the game will feature a a multi-thread story taking place in a sandbox environment centered on Night City.
A “gigantic” arsenal of weapons, upgrades, implants, and “cool high-tech gadgets” will also be a part of 2077. If the image above is any indication, some of those implants will be both deadly and sexy. Another point made during the presentation is that the game will feature “advanced RPG mechanics based on the pen and paper RPG and upgraded for the 2077 setting.
Cyberpunk pen and paper RPG creator Mike Pondsmith once again took the stage to announce these teaser details. Over on the game’s newly launched blog and website, Pondsmith is writing about his experiences developing the game with CDPR. From one of his first blog posts:
Believe it not, almost none of my friends in the digital or the tabletop game industry has ever asked me why the heck we committed our Cyberpunk baby to the tender mercies of a bunch of guys in some far off place like Poland. Some of them have wondered why I’m willing to endure nine hours on a plane and days of crushing jet lag to work personally with the Cyberpunk dev team, but in the main, CDPR is pretty well respected in the circles I run in and my colleagues all think we were damned lucky to hook up with them. (And when the jet lag clears, I usually agree.)