High fantasy has long maintained a stranglehold on the world or RPGs. As a die-hard fan of science fiction, I have always wanted more deep sci-fi experiences in my video games. Don't get me wrong, I play the heck out of some fantasy, but every time a major title gets announced in a sci-fi world, I get excited.
Night City calls
Your sci-fi dreams await
Take a ride through Night City and all it has to offer in Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED's most ambitious project to date. With any luck it'll give even The Witcher 3 a run for its money when it comes to top-tier RPGs.
What's new with Cyberpunk 2077?
Cyberpunk 2077 may not have a release date, but after several years CD Projekt RED is finally ready to unveil more information about the ambitious sci-fi RPG. We'll keep you up to date with all of the latest details.
June 11, 2019 — Cyberpunk 2077 gets a release date
I bet we all never thought this would happen. After years of silence and a reemergence at last year's E3, CD Projeky RED has revealed that Cyberpunk 2077 will finally release on April 16, 2020. To accompany this announcement the studio unveiled a new trailer on Microsoft's E3 2019 stage, and non other than Keanu Reeves himself presented it. Turns out he's going to be a character in the game.
September 27, 2018
"So when you've got other studios saying, 'Oh, no no no, there's nothing political here', we say, 'Yeah, there is,'" said Mills. "It's not necessarily what you're expecting, and we're not going to talk about exactly what we're going to say- it's for you to decide when you play it. But Cyberpunk is relevant to today, extremely so. To pretend like it's not? Come on. Mike (Pondsmith, Cyberpunk 2020 creator) wouldn't let us. Mike would throw a fit if we tried to say, 'This is just about cool hairstyles and cool guns, that's all.'"
Cyberpunk as a genre is inherently political, so it makes sense that the company would want to lean into it. It remains to be seen just how much and how successfully it will do so, but according to Mills, the intention is there.
August 24, 2018
At Gamescom 2018, we were able to view a 50-minute demo that shattered all expectations. It features branching narratives, superb gameplay mechanics, and criminal gangs. What's not to love? You can view our impressions here.
What is Cyberpunk 2077?
Cyberpunk 2077 is being developed by CD Projekt Red. This is the same group of folks that absolutely knocked it out of the park with The Witcher 3. As development wound down on the various Witcher expansions, the team's considerable talents were turned toward the dystopian sci-fi title. If CD Projekt Red uses the same care and attention they did with The Witcher 3 and puts it into Cyberpunk 2077, then we could be in store for one heck of a game.
A little background
Cyberpunk 2077 is based on a pen and paper roleplaying game created by Mike Pondsmith in 1988. When the original pen and paper game was released it was called Cyberpunk 2020 and it borrowed heavily from 60's sci-fi writers like Philip K Dick and Harlan Ellison. However, much of the vibe was gleaned from the works of William Gibson, who many point to as a founding father of the genre.
As far as Cyberpunk 2077 goes, we are fortunate that CD Projekt Red dumped a single frame easter egg into the trailer, which gives us some tantalizing tidbits about the forthcoming game. First of all, they call it a "true single player, story-driven RPG". When it comes to DLC, it seems that we can expect it to be free as we can, "expect nothing less than you got with Witcher 3". They are not yet willing to divulge map size but they won't start talking about pre-orders or asking anything of us until they can tell us the size. Finally, Red takes a swipe at microtransaction culture when they say, "In a single player role-playing game? Are you nuts?"
The story so far
We are looking at a classic dystopian cyberpunk future. Think Bladerunner with a lot more mohawks. This sci-fi world will be set in Night City, California where massive mega-corporations have taken control of everyone's lives.
Life on the street of Night City is marked by every illegal activity imaginable and a whole lot that can only be thought up in the mind of a sci-fi writer. There are so many stories from which to glean ideas and color that it would be hard to imagine that they should ever be at a loss when it comes to making this kind of world feel real.
When will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?
CD Projekt RED has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will release on April 16, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can pre-order it today.
Night City calls
Your sci-fi dreams await
Take a ride through Night City and all it has to offer in Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED's most ambitious project to date. With any luck, it'll give even The Witcher 3 a run for its money when it comes to top-tier RPGs.
Updated June 2019: Updated with Cyberpunk 2077's release date.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
A few good Kindle books can help you get through these tough times
One of my favorite pastimes in good times or bad is to curl up on the sofa with a good book, preferably on my Amazon Kindle. Here are some of the stories that have been distracting me over the past few weeks of lockdown and social isolation.
Top 6 things Google needs to add to Chrome OS to compete with Windows
Chrome OS has gotten pretty good in recent years — especially for tablets and touchscreens — but there’s always room to improve. Here’s my wishlist for my favorite lightweight laptop ecosystem.
Amazon Echo Frames review: Alexa comes for your eyes and ears
When I reviewed the Amazon Echo Buds in late 2019, I commented that they were a solid first attempt to help get Alexa out of the house and make her more useful on the go. The Echo Frames, which were announced at the same time as the Echo Buds, are the latest of Alexa's steps into the wider world. I'll tell you what I thought of them after my first few days with them.
Go up against real intelligence with these multiplayer PlayStation VR games
If you’d like your gaming experience to entail meeting some new friends or duking it out against human intelligence, we’ve rounded up the best multiplayer games for PlayStation VR.