There are two types of anticipated games. The first type consists of the titles that either are part of a renowned franchise or come from a huge developer known for its fantastic work. The second type is neither of those two but its trailers, premises and/or gameplay looks so promising that everyone is awaiting for such titles to be launched to see if they are really worth.

To tell you the truth, these are two most common type of anticipated games. There’s a third kind, a more rare kind that consists of very few games, the ones that combine both of the characteristics of the other two. Those are the titles both the press and the gamers are looking forward to, the ones we all put our hopes in to revolutionize the stagnant state of the industry. There aren’t too many of them, but I’m totally certain Cyberpunk 2077 is one of them.

Behind such name hides the new bet from the people over at CD Projekt RED, that amazing Polish company that gave us The Witcher, one of the most marvelous action/RPG games ever created. But not only that: for those of you that may not know it, the upcoming game is based in a pen-and-paper game series called Cyberpunk. So, how that’s going to work? Will the developers be able to port the game mechanics to the PC? We know they’re capable, but will they?

What’s Cyberpunk 2077?

In short words anyone can understand, Cyberpunk 2077 will be a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). Departing from the traditional ideas we associate with such genre, CD Projekt RED is aiming to use such mechanic to introduce some of the most hardcore role-playing elements of the game on which this title is based. “Which elements?” you may ask. We still don’t know, since the details are scarce at best.

There are, however, a few hints to give you an idea. The trailer CD Projekt RED has let us watch a few weeks ago provides us with some clues about what we can expect.  The return of the empathy bar, for example, might be the key to understand the woman in the video (who apparently augmented herself too much and lose too much empathy turning into a psycho). The presence of cops might also be a nod to the classes (yet to be announced), especially one related to the law forces.

Apart from that, the developers are working closely with Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the pen-and-paper game. That of course should feel like a guarantee for the gameplay and the little mechanisms that made the original game so fun. Pondsmith is not willing to reveal much, nonetheless. All he has said in several interviews is that he’s helping with the “feel” of the game, that cyberpunk dark gritty world we all think of when referred to that specific subgenre.

Additionally, the developers themselves have admitted that there are a lot of influences and role models to look up too when working on Cyberpunk 2077. Thus, games like Fallout 2, System Shock and the original Deus Ex (not the prequel Deus Ex: Human Revolution) are like the guidelines that lead the way. You know, because all of that pioneering and writing the book of the subgenre thing.

How does it look so far?

Amazing. There’s no other words to describe what we’ve seen so far. Ok, we haven’t seen that much but the only trailer we’ve watched (over and over and over) is enough to thrill even the most dull gamer out there. The video doesn’t show any of the gameplay (mind you) but it’s a perfect display of the world these great team is assembling (we should also give props to Platige Image, the Polish team in charge of the video).

The few minutes of “footage” gives us a sneak peek into the world of Cyberpunk 2077, which seems incredibly faithful to the original game. In fact, there are some elements that might be coming from the sequels and novels inspired by the original title, though it’s still too early to tell for sure.

When it’s coming out?

Good question, though you’ll be very disappointed with the answer. According to CD Projekt RED’s team, the game will be released “when it’s ready”, which is to say that it could be launched by the end of the year or never in the history of Mankind. However, the developers expect to have it finished for a 2015 launch. This seem like forever and though that it certainly will feel like it, I’m willing to wait if the game is half as good as it promises.

The question, now, is this: are you willing to wait the launch of what will surely become the most anticipated game of the decade?

23
Jan
2013

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