CD Project RED announced that Cyberpunk has been officially subtitled as Cyberpunk 2077. Now that their brutal sci-fi RPG has a name, Mike Pondsmith and the Polish developer will be moving forward to deliver "freedom of action and diversity in gameplay."
“The Team has to love the material," explained Mike Pondsmith, who originally created the pen & paper Cyberpunk universe. "The Team has to want to be faithful to the material. The Team has to have the skills to execute the material and see that vision through to the end. They have to be on fire with the desire to make an extraordinary game."
"And that leads, at last, to why we hooked up with CD Projekt RED”
The cyberpunk atmosphere (popularised by William Gibson’s novels, Blade Runner and the famous pen-and-paper game, Cyberpunk 2020) will naturally surround the player. CD Projekt promises that Cyberpunk 2077 will be true to the essence of the cyberpunk genre, throwing players into the dark future of the year 2077 and into a world where advanced technologies have become both the salvation and the curse of humanity. A multi-thread, nonlinear story designed for mature players (a CD Projekt RED trademark) will take place in the sprawling metropolis of Night City and its surroundings.
Should they be familiar with the pen & paper RPG, players will have a chance to visit familiar places from Cyberpunk 2020, including a combat zone overrun by gangs, the legendary Afterlife bar and the nostalgic Forlorn Hope.
In terms of gameplay, I'll let CD Projekt explain:
"Freedom of action and diversity in gameplay will be delivered thanks to the sandbox nature of the game and mechanics inspired by the Cyberpunk 2020 pen-and-paper system, fine tuned to meet the requirements of a modern RPG. Gameplay will pump adrenaline through players’ veins and be consistent with the celebrated Cyberpunk spirit – rebellion, style, edge, uncertainty. And of course, a cyberpunk reality cannot be deprived of murderous steel – guns, rifles, implants, dozens of gadgets and other varied pieces of equipment needed to survive on the streets of Night City. The developers are focused on making the technology of 2077 credible and exciting."
CD Projekt have opened a new Cyberpunk 2077 blog to keep players (and us hacks!) up to speed with the latest. We'll be following their progress with considerable interest.