More than five years ago CD Projekt RED surprised everyone by revealing a very promising looking upcoming project known as Cyberpunk 2077. The Witcher 3 was still in development at that point so the developers decided not to talk about this next project until Geralt’s story was complete. Skip ahead two years past Blood and Wine and CDPR finally gave fans what they’ve been waiting for during Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference. As expected, the company did not disappoint. Even though there was no gameplay footage shown, the new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer made up for it and gave gamers the real first look at the highly anticipated game.
Unfortunately, CDPR didn’t take the stage to talk more about the game but they did include a hidden message for fans at the very end of the trailer. The message mentions how CD Projekt RED wanted to showcase Cyberpunk 2077 sooner but decided to wait until they had something substantial to give fans. CDPR also anticipated that fans would have a lot of questions regarding the game, which is certainly true. There was no Q & A session after the conference but the devs did touch upon a few interesting topics in the hidden message.
No Microtransactions and No Multiplayer
Microtransactions have become the norm for many publishers nowadays but luckily CDPR doesn’t follow the norms. The company confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will definitely not include microtransactions. It sounds like there will be DLC packs and expansions but fans can expect something similar to what they got with The Witcher 3. In other words, small DLCs are likely to be free while major expansions will be priced fairly and packed with quality content. Also like The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 will not feature DRM on PC.
For the past couple of months word on the street was that Cyberpunk 2077 might feature a multiplayer component. As it turns out, that won’t be the case. CDPR confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a traditional story-driven single-player RPG. Given that there’s no DRM, it’s pretty safe to assume that there won’t be any features specifically tailored for online play. It’s still possible that multiplayer will be added at some point but for the moment it seems like the devs are not focusing on that aspect.
Other Little Bits of Info
As expected, CD Projekt RED didn’t talk about the Cyberpunk 2077 release date at E3 2018. However, the developers did say that, “We’re definitely much, much closer to a release date than we were back then.” This presumably refers to the first time they talked about the game a few years back. This isn’t what many fans wanted to hear but CDPR never failed to deliver until now so it’s safe to assume that they’re using the extra time to build the absolute best game they can.
Unlike The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 will not focus on a particular character. Instead, the game will feature a character customization system, which seems to be fairly in-depth judging by the trailer. It also seems like the futuristic car showcased in the trailer might play a role similar to Roach in The Witcher 3. Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City will be massive so it makes perfect sense to have a reliable mode of transportation that’s always at our disposal.