Not only did CD Projekt RED "hack" Microsoft's E3 2018 stream, but they threw in a neat little secret message to fans in the latest Cyberpunk 2077 trailer.
It's been a bit since the new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer hit, but I'm still kind of reeling from its promises of exotic, gritty techno-punk action in a city overrun with flying cars. Cyberpunk 2077 is the biggest game the Polish devs have ever worked on and the new footage shows that quite clearly. Apart from the obvious hype-building visuals, the trailer actually contains a nice little nod from the devs at CDPR.
The message, stylized as a hack overlay, reinforces some info we already know about the game. Cyberpunk 2077 won't have microtransactions, CDPR confirms (but it could still have online elements to help buffer the enormous resources required for its huge living, breathing cities), but the studio still has no clue just when it'll launch. The company's recent fiscal reports say Cyberpunk 2077 should launch in 2021 alongside a new AAA RPG, however.
"When we told you we would only release the game when it's ready, we meant it. We're definitely much, much closer to a release date than we were back then :), but it's still not the time to confirm anything, so patience is still required," the studio said in the message.
Just how big will Cyberpunk 2077 be? Even CDPR doesn't know.
"Seriously big, but..., to be honest, we have no bloody clue at this point in time. Once we put it all together, we will openly tell you what you can expect. And we promise we'll do this before we start talking about any pre-orders or ask anything of you."
We reported that Cyberpunk 2077 should have huge, sprawling cities with real-time AI and other massive technological advancements like flyable vehicles and cars.
The new trailer showed evidence of this in action, but remember the footage was in-engine and not actual gameplay.
And of course CDPR recently formed another studio just to help with Cyberpunk 2077.
Here's the full message courtesy of Reddit user Sycon.
It's been over 2077 days since we announced our plan to develop Cyberpunk 2077. We released a CGI trailer, gave some interviews and... went dark. Normal procedure for these kinds of things - you announce a game and then shut up, roll up your sleeves, and go to work. We wanted to give you The Witcher 3 and both expansions first, which is why this period of staying silent was longer than we planned. Sorry for that.
As soon as we concluded work on Blood and Wine we were able to go full speed ahead with CP2077's pre-production. But we chose to remain silent. Why? At some point, we made a decision to resume talking about the game only when we have something to show. Something meaningful and substantial. This is because we do realise you've been (im)patiently waiting for a very long time, and we wouldn't want anyone to feel that we're taking this for granted. On the contrary - it gives us a lot of extra motivation. The hype is real, so the sweat and tears need to be real, too :).
But to the point. Today is the day. If you're seeing this, it means you saw the trailer - our vision of Cyberpunk, an alternative version of the future where America is in pieces, megacorporations control all aspects of civilised life, and gangs rule the rest. And, while this world is full of adrenaline, don't let the car chases and guns mislead you. Cyberpunk 2077 is a true single player, story-driven RPG. You'll be able to create your own character and..., well, you'll get to know the rest from what we show at our booth at E3. Be on the lookout for previews!
Before we finish, you probably have some questions, right?
When? When we told you we would only release the game when it's ready, we meant it. We're definitely much, much closer to a release date than we were back then :), but it's still not the time to confirm anything, so patience is still required. Quality is the only thing that drives us - it's the beauty of being an independent studio and your own publisher.
How big? Seriously big, but..., to be honest, we have no bloody clue at this point in time. Once we put it all together, we will openly tell you what you can expect. And we promise we'll do this before we start talking about any pre-orders or ask anything of you.
Free DLC/Expansions/DRM? Expect nothing less than you got with The Witcher 3. As for DRM, CP2077 will be 100% DRM-free on PC.
Microtransactions? In a single player role-playing game? Are you nuts?
Once again, thank you for your patience. If you have a minute, do visit cyberpunk.net and share your opinion (about anything) with us. We read everything you post and we treat it very seriously.
Yours, CD PROJEKT RED Team