Cyberpunk immediately brings to mind a forever dark super-urban concrete jungle with neon lights and floating animated cavalcades that block all the light from the distant stars. Hackers, spacers, simstims and cyborgs from the world of Neuromancer, Deus Ex and Blade Runner come to mind. That is exactly what game designer Mike Pondsmith distilled out in the pen and paper role playing game (RPG) setting Cyberpunk. Now, one of the greatest AAA developers of mature RPGs, CD Projekt RED, has unveiled that their new Science Fiction RPG will be set in this dark and futuristic Cyberpunk setting.
The game will be much like its gritty low fantasy The Witcher series of games with morally ambiguous choices, mature gameplay and stunning graphics.
CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski promised gamers that this game would have all of the hallmarks of the Witcher series that has made the developer so well-known and loved, and even more. Their upcoming RPG will be designed for mature and demanding players who expect to be treated seriously, and the game will be richly detailed, non-linear, and with a complex and gripping story. This much is expected from the talented studio, but the new universe brings with it some new twists in their game design. Players will experience the world through their own, unique characters chosen from different classes – be they blood-thirsty mercenaries or cunning hackers who they will equip with 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.
This game will be developed by a new team at CD Projekt RED Studio, composed of veterans from the Witcher franchise. The studio will set new standard in the futuristic RPG genre with an exceptional gaming experience. The most important goal for this division is to create a game matching their vision, a game that corresponds to their high production values.
So… who else is giddy like a schoolboy about this video game? I sure am!