Cyberpunk 2077 and its concept was originally released to the internet way back in 2012. Since then we’ve received a slow drip feed of minuscule tidbits of information. For those who played The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 has always been a quietly exciting prospect. Witcher 3 fans are familiar with how CD Projekt Red are more than adept at several aspects of creating game worlds. They are master story tellers. They handle massive scopes of lore with expert precision and delivery.
Not to mention the ridiculously huge game worlds, packed out with content and joyous side quests to get distracted by. The ATPS4 team are biting their nails in anticipation for this one. So, after a little R&D (Mostly just the R), we decided to collate all that we know about the mysterious project. Also, let’s debunk some of that fear mongering “Oh nooo Cyberpunk is in trouble”. None of that clickbait nonsense here, thank you!
Cyberpunk 2077 – Out…When It’s Ready
It’s fair to say that everybody would like to know the release date of CDPR’s long time mystery project. Sadly, there isn’t one currently. The Witcher 3 developers are slowly becoming renowned partly for their use of the phrase “Out… when it’s ready”. While this may be frustrating to some, I’ve always had respect for developers that choose to say this. It may appear like a gentle troll to fans. A tough love approach. However, what’s really going on is two things. Cleverly by stating this on the ends of their trailers, CDPR are saying “look, we’re busy so stop bothering us and it’ll get done eventually, OK?”.
Yet, on a another level, they’re doing a great job of managing consumer expectation which will ultimately drive up sales on the final product. How many times have we seen games hyped up to the max, only for release dates to get pushed back? There’s a lot of petty hate out there and this is a perfect example of where to find some. Just look at The Last Guardian. Or even No Man’s Sky (I know, it was awful) where Sean Murray received death threats on Twitter for delaying its release. So CDPR, if you want to stay mysterious, that’s fine by me.
The CDPR Strategy Guide
Yes, as gamers we all know that a strategy guide can be a jolly useful thing indeed. Like many large businesses, however, CDPR has a strategy guide, well, for themselves. Any savvy businessman will tell you a clear focus on strategy going forward is essential. This is a public document that any average Joe like you or I can read.
On page five of the document, it’s clear to see that Cyberpunk will definitely release some time between 2017 & 2021. Yeah…. vague, I know. However, many sources average out to believing that it’ll realistically be on the shelves late 2017. This writer is inclined to agree. Especially when that renowned teaser trailer above came out way back in 2012. I’ve never been teased so little for so long…
How Is Cyberpunk Even A Thing?
Cyberpunk has its roots in pre-existing literature of a kind. You see, there’s this thing called Night City, with the subheading Cyberpunk 2022. Written by Mike Pondsmith, this was intended to be what’s called a pen and paper RPG. Judging from its Amazon listing, this thing is highly sought after and was originally developed back in the 80’s, during the golden age of sci-fi and the likes of the beloved Blade Runner.
The sourcebook suggests tonnes of lore for CDPR to make use of. There’s even plenty of political agendas to get to grips with. Even a virtual reality life simulator that allows citizens to live the lives of other people, while being somewhere else completely! Packed with many interesting narrative ideas like this, there’s no doubt that Witcher fans will feel right at home in an equally, if not more compelling game world to learn about.
This makes both the Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, games that are based off of pre-existing literature. Some may feel inclined to argue CDPR are just leeching other, lesser known works of literature to realise their game worlds. In some part, this is true. Yet tastefully handled. None of the events in any of the Witcher games copy those of Andrejz Sapkowski’s books. In the case of Cyberpunk 2077, players will find themselves in a re-built megatropolis fifty years after the wars described in the original work. So it’s fair to say, CDPR are still perfectly adept with coming up with their own content.
Do CD Projekt Red Have Enough Money To Build Cyberpunk?
This is a burning question for many an inquisitive gamer / writer. It has come to light that CDPR have appealed for some extra funding to get Cyberpunk finished. You may have encountered many articles out there, suggesting “Cyberpunk in Trouble?”. This is typical sensationalist nonsense. They may be in trouble, yes. It could be true. It’s hardly legitimate news. Let’s not forget however, that many of those news reports out there rely on hitting high traffic targets and as a result, will opt for a fear mongering approach to get clicks… Just take a look at any newspaper. Good, nice, happy news just doesn’t sell.
This writer, however, is of the opinion that Cyberpunk is going to be just fine. Sure, The Witcher 3 must have generated a huge amount of money. However, CDPR has clearly stated that Cyberpunk 2077 will offer the biggest game world they’ve ever created. This will keep them on the famed top position of ‘developer who has created largest ever game’. (written originally prior to the release of FFXV)
The aforementioned Strategy Guide even states that CDPR employs a policy of setting near impossible targets for game development and working hard as possible to achieve them. So this kind of behaviour in realising Cyberpunk’s world should not be something to quake in your boots about. CDPR have likely taken many pros and cons of this decision into account. As a result, losing or winning the funding will each have a resulting contingency plan moving forward with the project. Simple business strategy, folks!
The Polish Games Association
CDPR continues to be a force to be reckoned with in European gaming. Not only does it own its answer to Steam, GOG. But it has also helped found the Polish Games Association. Now, just because you haven’t heard of it, don’t go thinking this is no big deal. Many of the games you have played are likely a part of this Association. These include the likes of Flying Wild Hog (Shadow Warrior), People Can Fly (Bulletstorm), Bloober (Layers of Fear) and even Techland (Dying Light).
The Polish government have set up this conglomerate of games developers, likely aware of the profit margins involved. The benefit for the developers is that they have a total $20 million fund between them as a float to keep projects and innovative ideas alive! So, yeah. Cyberpunk 2077, while being kept quiet, is going to be just fine! In fact, the games industry is proud sector of Polish society. Donuld Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland actually handed Barack Obama a copy of The Witcher 2 as a gift upon his arrival!
And That’s A Wrap!
We hope you enjoyed this collection of Cyberpunk 2077 related news tidbits. Like us, you’re doubtlessly sat there waiting for CDPR’s grand reveal of the game. If you’re up for keeping a keen eye on their progress, the Cyberpunk official blog would be a great place to start. You’ll soon notice that it hasn’t been updated for quite some time. However, if our hunch of a late 2017 release is anything to go by, you may well see some developments there going into next year. Just to wrap up, we’ll leave you with a quick collection of Cyberpunk factoids to ponder on! If we missed anything or you just want to talk about Cyberpunk, get involved in the comments below.