CD Projekt (The Witcher, The Witcher II: Assassin Of Kings) has announced their new AAA RPG project... which couldn't be further removed from their fantasy back catalogue. Cyberpunk will be a realistic and brutal futuristic experience featuring guns, cybernetics and hacking. It's also based on a pen & paper RPG, which is fine by us. Full details below.
Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith has been working with CD Projekt for over a year in order to lay the foundations for the dystopian, mature RPG. CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski promised that that the project would bear all of the hallmarks of the Witcher series: a non-linear experience that's imagined with a rich degree of detail and “a complex and gripping story.”
The Cyberpunk setting (as you'd expect) will reflect a dystopian society rife with gang crime and violence. Players will experience the world through their own, unique characters chosen from different classes - be they blood-thirsty mercenaries or cunning hackers boasting a "vast choice of cybernetic implants and deadly weapons." As in The Witcher series, players will face morally ambiguous choices, their actions influencing events in the world at large and the fate of the individuals they encounter.
For over two decades, I've been proud to say that Cyberpunk's been the gold standard of what it means to be a true cyberpunk game. And it's been a huge success for me and our many fans, with over 5 million players worldwide. But over all that time we haven't found the right team to bring our cyberpunk world to full digital life -- until now. CD Projekt Red is the team we've been hoping for.
Their incredible work on The Witcher and The Witcher 2 shows that they share the same dedication and love of great games that we do at Talsorian. I'm especially stoked that they want our participation in making this game a fantastic project that will live up to everything Cyberpunk fans (old and new) have been waiting for. Trust me -- this game is going to rock. - Mike Pondsmith
Since the Cyberpunk team include many Witcher veterans, we're rather excited about this one. More details will doubtlessly be forthcoming over the next few months, and we'll keep you up to date with the latest.