Polish developer CD Projekt, the development studio behind The Witcher series of games, has announced it is developing a new "AAA" roleplaying video game based on the pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk. The announcement came as part of the CD Projekt Red Group Summer Conference 2012.
Cyberpunk will feature a decadent futuristic world in which ultra-modern technology co-exists with a degenerated human society. Similar to The Witcher series, Cyberpunk will be a mature RPG for adults. The announcer for the event stated that the game will be realistic and "brutal, when it has to be...we are not making a game for everyone."
The game will feature a "gripping, non-linear story" that is inspired by authors such as William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick, as well as by the movie Blade Runner. Players will be able to choose from multiple classes, and the combat system in the game is based off of the system used in the Cyberpunk pen and paper RPG. A "gigantic" arsenal of weapons, upgrades, implants, and high-tech toys were also promised, including ways for players to enhance their characters with cybernetics.
No gameplay footage was shown during the announcement, though Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith was on-hand to speak about the origins of the pen and paper game. In fact, CD Projekt announced that they are currently hiring developers to work on the project, stating that they are looking for the best people since they are "making the best game."
Aside from the Deus Ex franchise, the cyberpunk genre has been virtually non-existant in modern video games. The development studio today promised to "set a new standard for the futuristic RPG genre" by delivering an intelligent, non-linear adult game with amazing graphics. Judging by the quality of The Witcher 2, CD Projekt just might be able to deliver on those promises and reinvigorate the cyberpunk genre.