The Cyberpunk 2077 release date is one of the most talked-about events in the 2020 gaming calendar.
At E3 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 won over 100 awards. These included Best Game, Best Xbox One Game, Best PC Game and Best RPG. It has continued to accumulate accolades at a dizzying rate and has fans around world clambering for information. The wait is almost over, gamers around the world will soon be able to get their hands on one of the most anticipated titles in modern gaming. This article contains everything you need to know about this soon be smash hit – including the long-awaited final release date.
Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date Changes
As happens with many modern mega-titles, the Cyberpunk 2077 release date has been pushed back multiple times. The game was originally announced in May 2012, with the first teaser trailer arriving in January 2013 and the game being confirmed for Windows later that year. The real hype started at E3 2018 release of a second trailer and the confirmation that the game would be available on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Cyberpunk 2077 was the talk of the event and swept the awards on offer for upcoming titles. This intensified after the pre-alpha gameplay demonstration in August.
A third trailer at E3 2019 announced a release date of 16 April 2020. This was first pushed back to 17 September 2020 and later to it’s current, and almost certainly final, release date of 19 November the same year. Multiplayer modes will be launched in 2021. Below we explore some of the reasons why there are such high expectations for Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 Concept
The inspiration for Cyberpunk 2077 was the 1988 cult classic: Cyberpunk The Roleplaying Game of the Dark Future, created by Mike Pondsmith. It takes place in the fictional future setting of the Free State of North California, in a dystopian megalopolis called Night City. In this nightmarish futuristic state, corporations control every aspect of life and are not held to account by any national government or elected officials. There is constant conflict between gangs and among the ruling classes.
You play as V, a mercenary and outlaw trying to obtain a one-of-a-kind cybernetic implant that is the vital component in his quest to achieve immortality. There are six distinct regions in Night City that you must navigate to achieve this goal. These include the highly developed City Center, primarily immigrant-populated Watson, opulent Westbrook neighborhood, the suburban sprawl of Heywood, gang-ravaged Pacifica and the industrialized area of Santo Domingo. Players can also explore the Badlands zone that surrounds the city.
Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay
Cyberpunk 2077 combines the classic and well-loved genres of first-person perspective and RPG in a wonderfully well designed open-world setting.
V can mix and master skills in the fields of hacking, machinery, weaponry and melee combat. You can also customize his body type, facial features, hairstyles, voice, body modifications, background and clothing. This all adds up to impressively unique experiences for each playthrough or individual player.
Players can choose between one of three character classes; NetRunner (computers and hacking), Techie (machinery & weapons) and Solo (combat and physical prowess). Stat categories are influenced by your choice of character class and include Body, Intelligence, Reflexes, Technical and Cool. The perk tree allows you to upgrade skills for specific weapons classes such as handgun, shotgun, rifle, sniper rifle and blades. You can also focus on abilities such as two-handed combat, assassination, athletics, hacking, engineering and ‘cold blood’. Black markets are the place to go to purchase new military-grade abilities, while V must use the ‘Ripperdoc’ to purchase and upgrade cybernetic implants.
There are two ways to navigate around Night City, on foot or using vehicles. There are a couple of in-vehicle viewing options, including first and third person. Pedestrians and objects are vulnerable to collisions with vehicles. Law enforcement may come after you when you commit a crime, depending on your location. The day-night cycle and dynamic weather affect the behavior of NPCs or Non-Player Characters.
XP points fuel stat growth and are obtained by completing main storyline quests. Side quests are important to gain ‘street cred’ and to unlock new skills, vendors, places and additional quests. Quests are acquired from various characters that are known in Night City as ‘Fixers’.
Cyberpunk 2077 Early Reviews
While the Cyberpunk 2077 release date may still be a few months away, there have already been plenty of chances for industry insiders to get an early feel for the game. The public has also begun to make their own assessments based on everything we have seen so far. Both have had overwhelmingly positive things to say. Much of this has revolved around the games seeming attempt to redefine a genre, or perhaps a few genres. It is officially described as “an open-world, action-adventure story” by its creators, CD Projekt Red (also the creators of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine).
The game will boast a massively detailed open-world full of characters that V can interact with in a multitude of unique ways. This will go hand-in-hand with an apparently unprecedented set of options to customize your character in ways you haven’t yet realized you want to. Your choices in the game will even affect how the world around you interacts with you. All of this leaves a lot of room for exploration and replayability.
This all before talking about the mechanics of the game and all the incredible visuals. There is also the not insignificant matter of Keanu Reaves voicing the role of V. This fact in and of itself lends a further layer of credibility to any aspiring sci-fi hit.
Multiple delays have done little to dampen the excitement around the Cyberpunk 2077 release date. All the signs so far point to it being a game of the year contender and perhaps a genre-defining title. There will also be various adaptations of the title. These include a card game, anime series and comic books.
The huge open world, unprecedented control over character customization and the fact that player choices lead to different endings will all help to give the game great replayability. You can even complete the entire storyline without killing anyone if you prefer a more pacifist (and possibly challenging) approach. You can also try your hand at any number of mini-games, including motor-racing, boxing, martial arts, shooting ranges and hacking. Perhaps the best part of all is that you get to do all of this while talking like Mr. Matrix himself.
Bring on 19 November 2020!