In This World, Consumed by Neverending Conflict, Sometimes Only an Outsider Will Get the Job Done
CD Projekt Red is on a roll. Hot on the heels of our first look at how Cyberpunk 2077 will play on console, we’re getting another look at Night City on the ground through a brand new gameplay trailer. If you thought this game looked good on Xbox Series X, well, you’re right. But we can now confidently declare that Cyberpunk 2077 just looks fantastic in general–and if these little glimpses of its combat system are anything to judge by, it’ll play fantastic, too. Each movement is swift and fluid, each blow carries weight. I felt like I was going to miss something every time I blinked. Originally broadcast as part of Night City Wire Episode 5, this trailer is definitely something special. Step into this broken future and take a look for yourself.
It’s not just the gameplay that surfaces here. This trailer also provides an excellent glimpse into the game’s setting, story, and tone. The smooth voiceover wastes no time in explaining the base premise of Cyberpunk 2077‘s alternate history: nuclear war, corporations are basically nations into themselves, street-level mercenary is a perfectly viable career choice, etc. You are one of these mercs, but you want to be a successful one, you’ll need the right balance of skills, gear, and reputation. Oh, and if you get enough cash, you can turn yourself into a living weapon at the low, low cost of having to sit through some uncomfortable first-person cutscenes of the resulting surgeries. We’re pretty sure the devs are trying to make a point about the psychological strain of having metal grafted into your nervous system, but we look forward to sitting through a lot of graphic surgeries for the sake of robot eyes and cool sword arms.
Cyberpunk 2077 is based on a series of niche tabletop rpgs, originally titled simply Cyberpunk and followed by a series of expansions with names like Cyberpunk 2020. Originally published in 1988, these games explored a dark future of high tech and lowlifes. Unfortunately, we are now in 2020, and nobody can have functional swords surgically implanted into their arms–at least, nobody we know–so CD Projekt Red had to place their video game adaptation a little further down the timeline. Here’s another fun fact: Johnny Silverhand, here played by Keanu Reeves, was originally modeled off David Bowie. That’s quite the shift!
Cyberpunk 2077 will release on December 10th, 2020, for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Stadia. It will also be playable on Xbox Series X|S and PS5. A free next-gen upgrade will become available for owners of the Xbox One and PS4 versions respectively at a later date.