You Believe You Cheated Death–It is Death That Has Cheated You
Two days until Cyberpunk 2077 launches and CD Projekt Red is revealing a brand new trailer dedicated to the last character we expected: V, the game’s customizable protagonist. Call us oblivious, but we kinda figured that V’s intro was covered in the gameplay and story trailers. Make-your-own-protagonist games tend to leave some things mysterious, after all. Dedicating an entire two-minute trailer to exploring that protagonist’s flaws, relationships, and the important turning points in their life seems like a risky proposition. How’s the player supposed to project themself onto a blank slate if they keep getting reminded that slate isn’t exactly blank? This isn’t a matter of ‘your protagonist has a family and an overriding life goal’–V clearly has an entire inner life and strong feelings about Night City itself, and we can’t wait to know more.
This trailer includes scenes of V in combat, underwater, apparently dying, and involved in a variety of relationships with other characters. As you might guess, it’s a lot to take in. All things considered, this is probably a teaser for some of the many ways V’s life can play out, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting and engrossing. If we’re honest, we’d be happy to play a version of Cyberpunk 2077 where there were no lifepaths, no Mass Effect-style choose-your-own-backstory options, because CD Projekt Red clearly knows exactly what they’re doing with V. We’ve never been more hyped for the Edgerunner anime than we are now. This is how you tease a narrative.
If you can’t wait to enter Night City or you just really want to support the Cyberpunk 2077 team, take a peek at the dizzying array of merch available, including shoes and a guidebook. Or you could just preorder the game on your platform of choice–the Steam version is very popular right now–or just raise awareness by discussing the upcoming game. Or its trailers. The trailers are really nice, just saying.
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.