CD Projekt RED, the makers of The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, are hard at work on their next game, an adaptation of a popular pen-and-paper role-play game called Cyberpunk 2020.
Their game, officially called Cyberpunk 2077, has been a hot topic of discussion ever since it was unveiled a few months ago, due in part to the commercial and critical success of The Witcher 2 on both PC in 2011 and Xbox 360 in 2012.
Now, Cyberpunk 2077’s first trailer has been released and it has us pumped. We’re always excited by new IPs, but with CD Projekt RED behind the wheel of this beast, we’re chomping at the bit to get our hands on this game.
Much like The Witcher series, Cyberpunk 2077 will be a role-playing game with mature themes (read also: sex, gasp!) and branching narrative paths depending what allegiances you make throughout the title. The Witcher 2 was a master class in this regard, so we’re hoping CDPR catches lightning in a bottle twice with Cyberpunk 2077.
Here's the official word on the above trailer from Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio:
“The teaser shows how the Psycho Squad might acquire a new member. The Psycho Squad specializes in combating “psychos” – individuals who overuse implants and substances that boost or otherwise alter the human body. There comes a point when they overdose on these innovations, and their bodies start to rebel against their biological body parts as well as against all things organic around them. Simply put, they start killing people, who they now derisively call “meatbags.”
"When a psycho goes on the rampage, strange things can happen. There’s going to be a lot of carnage, so the psycho might be taken down by regular police, but they’re not always able to get the job done. When things spin out of control, they call in MAX-TAC(Maximum Force Tactical Division), popularly called the “Psycho Squad”. And these guys are exceptional, these guys are crack troops. The fact that they’re proud of that name tells you a bit about their mindset. They wear a badge with their official emblem on their right sleeve, but their left is reserved for their unofficial Psycho Squad emblem. It’s primitively made and the image itself is on the crude side of things. It’s not unlike a badge special force operators might make and wear to distinguish themselves from the ranks of grunts in any theatre of war."
We don’t yet know what platforms Cyberpunk 2077 is heading to (PC seems like a safe bet, but a console port is still up in the air). Judging from the end of this trailer, we’ll be hearing more about the game on February 5. Stay tuned.