It’s not an ideal situation when the most exciting game showed off at your press event is something available for multiple platforms besides your own, but thanks to its ongoing relationship with CDProjekt Red, Microsoft managed to snag an exclusive first look at Cyberpunk 2077 at its Xbox show today.
The game from the famed publishers of The Witcher 3 has only really been glimpsed in concept art and tiny teasers so far, but this was our first actual look at the title, however brief it may have been. And it’s hard not to be excited about another sprawling adventure from CDPR, this time one that’s science fiction, not fantasy.
The world of Cyberpunk 2077 was shown off in a show-ending trailer that didn’t feature gameplay or a release window, but showed off a world far, far different than what we’ve come to expect from CDPR. If you told me this was made by The Witcher studio, I may not have believed it, as that’s how different it looks.
The vibe looks like a more punk version of Deus Ex with similar tech focusing on a mix of human augmentation and robots. While brief flashes were shown of characters and the city, there’s some really, really wild stuff in there that’s definitely going to be worth a look. It’s sad that we have literally no idea when this game is going to be released, but the fact that they wouldn’t even list a year is a sign that it’s still going to be a good long while.
Despite all the promotion art featuring an enhanced/cybernetic woman, I did get the impression from this trailer that the lead character is going to be a man, but again, it’s hard to tell any real story elements from this spot alone, which was mostly an introduction to the vibe and visuals. But that alone is impressive in its own right, to be sure.
This seems like a game that we’re going to keep seeing for the next two (or three or four) E3s, but I don’t think anyone would encourage CDPR to rush things. It has already been in development for a while so I hope it wouldn’t take quite that long to make it to market, but there is no greater purveyor of quality than CDPR, and I’m sure they’ll get it right. Watch the trailer below: