Official console themes are a big opportunity to bring awareness to any game with some signature style, but CD Projekt RED didn't do much with their new Cyberpunk 2077 theme.
Today CDPR released a new Cyberpunk 2077 theme for the PS4. It's not very good. Instead of bringing to mind an exotic world of gritty sci-fi mayhem and next-gen immersion, it's just a big advertisement banner for the rather simplified but eye-catching blazing yellow cover art. "Transform your PlayStation 4 home screen into a netrunner's terminal with this official Cyberpunk 2077 theme! Head over to PS Store and grab it while it's hot!" CD Projekt RED said on Twitter.
The real tragedy here is CDPR didn't use any of the game's amazing concept art, posters, or even screenshots in the theme itself. It feels rushed out the door. Yes, it's a free theme and obviously not that much thought was put into it, but like I said it's still an opportunity to engage your playerbase with some nifty bit of interactive kit. Themes are something you see every time you start up and use your PS4 so they can be pretty powerful mechanisms.
Even the old splash image from the GOG page is better:
So what should the Cyberpunk 2077 theme actually look like? Maybe include some of the dazzling and incredible concept art used on the Cyberpunk 2077 mainpage. Maybe add some futuristic tech noir action complete with neon-lit icons. Make something that doesn't look and feel cheap when you use it. Get creative.
Here's a huge gallery of some colorful and visually-impressive choices CDPR could've used for the theme:
Cyberpunk 2077 releases on April 16, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.