Cyberpunk 2077 is the upcoming RPG based on the 'Cyberpunk' tabletop game series. In development from CD Projekt RED, Cyberpunk 2077 will feature in a dystopian ultra futuristic time in which modern technology co-exists with a degenerated human society. A sort of Demolition Man feel I would guess.
Another one of my top picks and one to watch for 2015. This game is striving to push the boundaries of the 'RPG' genre and establish a mature and ambitious tone from the offset. Character progression and customisation are paramount to the storylines.
There will be some very different classes to get your claws into each having their own unique selling points. Although the players characters progressions are tied somewhat to the plotline, Cyberpunk aims to be a completely non linear title.
Pushing the boundaries of the genre, Cyberpunk will be able to facilitate both third and first person perspective.
Although Cyberpunk being announced back in 2012, we still know very little about the game. What we do have however is a simply stunning teaser trailer (below).
How we predict Cyberpunk to play out
This shiny, slick piece of art is a trailer born from a single image. This image is found in the game manual of the original 1998 tabletop game, Cyberpunk 2020. As a general rule the tabletop game tended to emphasize certain particular aspects of the source material more than others.
According to R. Talsorian Games The original game primarily focuses on combat, cybernetics and high tech weaponry; Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and cloning are barely mentioned in the core rulebook but were reintroduced in later add-ons gives us an indication that these will play a large part of Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2020 claims to lend itself to play in the street level, dark film noir genre, but certain aspects of the basic system can influence game sessions toward a high body-count, 1980s action movie style.
Although each player must choose a character class or "role" from those given in the basic rules, there is enough variation in the skill system so that no two members of the same class are alike. Because Cyberpunk 2020 is skill-based, the choice of skills around the class-specific special ability allows a wide range of character development choices including non-combatants.
"The combat system, called "Friday Night Firefight", emphasizes lethality. Several pages in the rules are devoted to discussing real combat vs. the illusions often seen on TV. Attempts are made to keep the combat as realistic as possible in a game setting.
No matter who the character is, a single bullet can result in a lethal wound. This encourages a more tactically oriented and thought-out game play, which is in accordance to the rough-and-gritty ethos of the Cyberpunk genre. Also, the amount of damage a character can sustain does not increase as the character develops.
The only way a character can become more damage resistant is to either become better at not being hit, physically augment their body with muscle (trained or implanted) or cybernetics, or wear armor." - Wiki
Will there be Multiplayer?
In short, yes. There will be a multiplayer aspect to Cyberpunk 2077, we just don't know exactly how it will play out. CD Projekt Red's pedigree is strong with a reputation for great open scale multiplayer features. Currently finalising production on the Witcher 3, the studio certainly have the ability to shake up multiplayer modes within the genre.
In an interview with IGN, studio boss Marcin Iwinski said:
"People have been asking me if Cyberpunk 2077 will have multiplayer or if it will be a straight-up shooter, and I tell them to relax, because it will be a true RPG game," IGN.
"We are known for storytelling, and big game worlds, and so we’re taking all what we've learnt from previous three Witcher games, as well as the open-world aspect, and applying it to Cyberpunk 2077," he added. "So yes, it is an all-out RPG game, but we're looking at having a lot of new gameplay elements that I cannot talk about yet." - IGN
This title may share similar traits with the world renowned Deus Ex series so we may see similar game mechanics to the Deus series in regard to the first person perspective or it could adopt a type of Mass Effect approach to mechanics and game style.
Do you have any thoughts? The floor is open as no one but the developers know for sure. What do you want to see from Cyberpunk?
What I am certain about however is that this is going to be a title to watch. This has number one hit written all over it. The gaming industry needs a fresh true RPG title to win back the masses. Recent releases although brilliant have left the true RPG fan wanting that little but more. Could Cyberpunk be the cure?
Available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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