The Witcher 2 developer to work on futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077Posted 12:28 pm on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
CD Projekt RED, the developing studio behind The Witcher 1 & 2, has announced today the official title for its futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077. The game is currently in development and is based on the world created by Mike Pondsmith, one of the godfathers of cyberpunk and the creator of the pen-and-paper RPG, Cyberpunk.
Mike Pondsmith had this to say about the Polish developer:
“The Team has to love the material. 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 game’s cyberpunk atmosphere will be inspired by movies like Blade Runner and of course, the pen-and-paper game, Cyberpunk 2020. We’ve had cyberpunk-inspired games before with the likes of the recent Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC) and Fear Effect (PlayStation).
Synopsis: Players will be thrown 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. Players will have a chance to visit places well known from “Cyberpunk 2020”, including a combat zone completely taken over by gangs, the legendary Afterlife joint and the nostalgic Forlorn Hope.
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.
I’m a big fan of CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2 and can’t wait to see how they will tackle the world of Cyberpunk 2077. It seems like RPG developers are the go-to-guys for creating huge fantasy and futuristic games. We’ve seen it before with BioWare developing Dragon Age and Mass Effect, and Bethesda Game developing Fallout 3 and Skyrim.
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.