Let’s Hope Everyone Can See It
Polish developer CD Projekt RED had a significant presence at E3 this year, where they showed off Cyberpunk 2077’s trailer at the Microsoft conference. Impressive as it was, attendees were left to wonder if the trailer is a true reflection of gameplay. This was revealed at a behind-closed-doors demo, which studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski said would be shown at Gamescom.
Iwinski confirmed to Kotaku‘s Jason Schrier that the E3 demo was not crafted specifically for E3 – it was the actual game. Furthermore, it’s been built using an upgraded version of The Witcher 3 engine, REDengine 4. Here’s what Iwinski had to say:
“The demo, it’s not a demo-demo in terms that it’s an artificial piece of content created for the purposes of the show. That’s actually a build of the game… actually, surprising it is a real build so we didn’t fake anything here and actually we had a lot of… we didn’t start these conversations but we had a lot of feedback like that in the previews by people actually noticing that certain things did not look pre-rendered or fake. And this makes us very happy and very proud because we’ve actually made it to pull off a build.”
CDPR’s co-founder then confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will make another appearance over at Gamescom. Unfortunately, he didn’t say whether it will be behind closed doors or not. It may depend on how much closer we are to the release date.
“I think we still have Gamescom so we’ll be showing it,” Iwinski said. “I can’t tell you that [whether CD Projekt RED will be showing something different than what was shown at E3 2018] but it won’t be the same, it will be worth visiting. Of course do not expect a totally different demo please… but we will show maybe something different, maybe some different angle.”
Gamescom 2018 kicks off on August 21st. For a dive into Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 demo showcase, you can check out or preview: “Cyberpunk 2077 Blew E3’s Skirt Up.”