CD Projekt RED will be streaming a 15-minute edited version of the gameplay they’ve been showing to selected folks at Gamescom. You’ll be able to catch the broadcast on August 30th here or here. According to the announcement, the stream will include an interview with the team, footage of the Pacifica area in the game’s Night City, and a demonstration of the way different play styles work in Cyberpunk 2077. Nvidia posted a tiny taste from Gamescom to whip up interest.
As you might expect, some people, rather than being excited at the idea of seeing more Cyberpunk 2077, are angry that CD Projekt RED is only showing an edited chunk of the full Gamescom demo. With fans like that, it’s more fun to predict people’s reactions to the video, then what we might actually see in the stream.
More debate about how the first-person view was the wrong or right decision, followed by heated discussion of how balls the combat was in The Witcher 3, and how everyone must’ve been bought off to heap praise on such an obviously over-hyped game.
Lady Gaga still won’t know why people keep tweeting #CyberPokerFace at her.
Look at this stair-stepping! I’m calling “bullshot” on the video. It’s obviously a work.
Someone will zoom in on incomprehensibly small detail and use it to back up their pet theory of the company culture in CD Projekt RED.
Countless YouTube videos will be made purporting to show you “Easter eggs you totally missed” with thumbnail images featuring a giant red arrow pointing at nothing.
Keanu Reeves will be forced to act like the “you’re breathtaking” meme hasn’t crossed into annoyance for him.
See here? That’s some obviously poor HBAO effect. Looks like CDPR is taking the lazy route.
Cyberpunk pen and paper game creator Mike Pondsmith will remain a true gentleman, but his smile will slip ever so slightly when people accuse him of copying Shadowrun.
Is that transhuman mercenary street samurai racist? Let’s dig in!
Collective wailing and gnashing of teeth as gamers realize there are still over 200 days until the April 2020 launch.
Settle down, people. We know you’re all excited that Keanu Reeves is playing Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077, but the real E3 story is how you’ll call your transportation in the game. Speaking to VG247, lead quest designer Pawel Sasko revealed that in the world of Cyberpunk, the artificial intelligence in your neon car or neon motorcycle responds to your call like Roach in The Witcher 3.
“You can see as your motorcycle arrives, you can see as your car arrives. So you can just leave it wherever you want, it can go somewhere, just call it, and AI makes it like ‘bzzt!’, he drives by and waits for you.”
Will your chrome and samurai-armored sedan climb up on the roof of a cottage, like the ever awkward Roach was sometimes known to do? Will your bladed crotch rocket trample your enemies, or buck you off on a whim? These are questions Keanu Reeves has probably not had to consider.
This is the full 48-minute video of the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay reveal that was live-demoed for a select few journalists at E3. The previously behind-closed-doors demo was highly praised by those that experienced it back then, but only a few static screenshots were released to the public, so gamers had to use their imaginations when they read impressions of the demo. Here it is, all cleaned up and ready for Gibson and Sapkowski fans to drool over.
Adam Badowski, the game director and head of CD Projekt RED, admitted that the studio wasn’t initially going to show the demo to anyone but journalists due to its rough nature, but relented after fan outcry. He cautions viewers that this is very much a work-in-progress, even though some of it has been cleaned up since the E3 debut.
“Animation glitches, work-in-progress character facial expressions, early versions of locations – all this made us hesitant to release what you’re about to see.”
Even though the game is probably quite a long way from launch, it will be interesting to see how other studios respond to Cyberpunk 2077. Many publishers and development houses have acknowledged the influence The Witcher 3 had on their games.
It’s been a long time since CD Projekt RED first announced Cyberpunk 2077 in 2013. You were probably still anticipating The Witcher 3, when that awesomely evocative trailer hit the web and shattered your world like it did for everyone else. But, you could wait. You still had Geralt to look forward to, and besides, the Mass Effect series was filling your need for hot sci-fi RPG action. Then CD Project RED said Cyberpunk was going to miss its late 2016 launch. And recently, Mass Effect: Andromeda turned out a bit broken. So, like many people in your position, an unfocused petty rage slowly built up towards CD Project RED. They were holding out on you! There they were in Poland play-testing their Cyberpunk work in progress, while you had to sit in your parents’ unfinished basement scamming people out of Counter-Strike skins. How unfair!
You did the only thing you knew to do. You crept into their network, (virtually, of course) dodged all their Black Ice and stole a bunch of Cyberpunk 2077 files. Then, because you didn’t have the skills necessary to do anything productive or creative, you sent the studio a ransom demand. Surely, this would turn out well. CD Projekt RED would send you money to save their files, and they might even see what a badass decker you could be. At the very least, your shut-in online acquaintances would have to acknowledge your chutzpah.
No, you buffoon. Take a lesson from Axel Gembe, the chap that stole Half-Life 2’s files from Valve in 2003. Not only did the studio not hire Gembe as he hoped, the authorities put Gembe on the “Let’s Make An Example Out of This Idiot” list, and every gamer on the planet immediately hated him for endangering their beloved Half-Life sequel. Axel Gembe will always be that jackass that almost killed Valve.
That’s you now. You’re the guy that’s screwing up CD Projekt RED and Cyberpunk 2077. No one thinks you’re cool. Nobody admires your skills. CD Projekt RED told you to pound sand and now you’ve got a pile of virtual stuff that’s only useful as evidence to use against you.
What can you do now? Run away. Go off the grid. Live somewhere in Chiba City. There are legions of Witcher and Cyberpunk fans that want to flatline you, and they all have access to the matrix. Your only hope is to go away for a long time and hope Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on schedule and is mind-blowingly terrific despite your attempt to sabotage it. Hire on as merchant marine for the Marcus Garvey. Hopefully, everyone will just forget about you. Years down the road, maybe after The Great Crash, tentatively fire up an antique Ono-Sendai and try to play Cyberpunk 2077 off a Gibson Archive before the Psycho Squad zeroes in on your signal.