We all sort of knew it already, but now we definitely sort of know it. CD Projekt RED, famed purveyors of world class video games, encompassing worlds, involved narratives, and general gallantry all worthy of causing most other developers to just throw the towel in and go skiing instead, WILL be at E3 2018, along with their latest game.
Thanks to a trusty ‘schedule’, which is something organised people use to do stuff in an order, CDPR’s little cordoned off space at this year’s E3 is confirmed alongside the vague-but-not-really footnote that they’re bringing a ‘roleplaying game’ on the PC, XB1 and PS4. Would you believe it. The listing is right HERE.
Stirrings of CDPR’s next epic, Cyberpunk 2077, began again at the start of the year, when its Twitter account sort of murmured a bit and those watching erupted in euphoric excitement. We’ve had little else to go on other than the previously released teaser which gives away an infuriating degree of absolute nothingness, and fans of the Witcher series are positively frothering* at the mouth for more of CDPR’s out and out competency, especially in this age of, well, the opposite.
Terrifyingly CDPR have recently proclaimed Cyberpunk 2077 will be a ‘much more ambitious game’ than 2015’s The Witcher 3, which nonchalantly consumed every aspect of my life for a harrowingly long time. Best get myself set up with an intravenous drip of the necessary vitamins and supplements in time for this one then, because eating will be a distant, vague concern by that time.
Much like the Witcher series, Cyberpunk has its roots outside of videos games. Though instead of spawning amidst a collection of words, smoke and the fear of hopeless inadequacy (by one of those author types, I mean) Cyberpunk is actually a ‘pen and paper RPG’ created by Mike Pondsmith.
Pondsmith is working closely with CDPR on the narrative, which promises to take place in another encompassing, living, breathing world. In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun last year, Pondsmith said he was happy working with CDPR and felt the devs really ‘got it’, which is always important in carrying an idea and a concept and a story across formats.
There’s a definitive vibe to Cyberpunk aesthetic, and one need not be Sherlock Holmes to draw comparisons to Blade Runner (especially the incredible Blade Runner 2049 – and not just due to naming conventions) and A Scanner Darkly. So if Cyberpunk 2077 ends up having strong Philip K. Dick overtones, I won’t be complaining at all. In fact, I yearned for just such a version of A Scanner Darkly only a thousand or so years ago.
Anyway, titbit of news as it is, this surely confirms we’ll get to see Cyberpunk 2077 at E3, hopefully in something close to its true form. As an enormous fan of The Witcher, and CDPR in general for their rather noble, open, honest approach to development, I can not wait.
More on Respawn soon you rowdy lot.
*typo that I’ve decided is better than the word I initially meant.