Despite tough competition from Bethesda's long awaited Fallout 4 the standout game of 2015 proved to be CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which picked up the prestigious Game of the Year 2015 accolade as well as a myriad of other awards.
And now that The Witcher 3 has made its mark on the gaming landscape in an even stronger way than its predecessors have CD Projekt RED are full steam ahead with their newest game, the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.
What's 'Cyberpunk 2077' Then?
First announced way back in 2012 by CD Projekt RED's co-founder Marcin Iwiński and described as the studio's most mature and ambitious project to date, Cyberpunk 2077 is an action based RPG in the vein of The Witcher series. But unlike Wild Hunt the upcoming game will not be set in an antiquated medieval fantasy world but in a hyper-tech focused dystopian future the flavour of Blade Runner, Rx and Ghost in the Shell.
Check out the trailer below if you haven't seen it already!
Like The Witcher series before it - which was based on the books of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski - Cyberpunk 2077 will take its basic narrative from the Cyberpunk 2020 series of tabletop playing games.
Cyberpunk 2020, which funnily enough takes place in the year 2020, is set in the fictional Night City on the west coast of the USA near Los Angeles. The game takes place during a dystopian period of martial law which stems from the city being controlled by mega-corporations who used their money and status to take power from the government following a socio-economical collapse (think Dredd).
Likely we'll see the same kind of themes of high technology fused with dystopian human society coming through in the video game adaptation of Cyberpunk 2077. Maybe something along the lines of Dishonoured?
As CD Projekt RED like to play their cards pretty close to their chest, we don't really know a whole lot about the finer details of Cyberpunk 2077. We do know that it'll play on the same game engine (the REDengine 3) as The Witcher 3, so that's one aspect of it that we can already expect to be pretty decent.
The first artwork we've seen from the game (via the official website) suggests that we may have two protagonists; a female with blades which fold out of her arms (as seen in the trailer) and a male with a shaved head and hexagonal, machine-like marks on his skin (see image below).
Likely they're both androids, or at least have some serious machine augmentations on their bodies.
What we do know is that it's going to have a non-linear narrative and, like the tabletop games, will include various different character classes to play. It will also feature both first-person and third-person perspectives, as well as a multiplayer feature.
The upcoming game was first announced way back in 2012, and a recent Tweet from CD Projekt RED Community Lead and Website Coordinator Marcin Momot confirmed that the game is still in development but does not yet have a release date set.
The Cyberpunk 2077 trailer tells us it will release simply "when it's ready", echoing Momot's comments on Twitter. Last year CD Projekt RED stated that they wouldn't be releasing news regarding release dates until 2017, but a recent report from Gamereactor Germany states that the studio is now eyeing up an end of 2016 release date for the game.