Wake up, Samurai. It’s time to enter Night City. The long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077, the new open-world RPG video game from CD Projekt Red (best known as the makers of the award-winning The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), is coming very soon. And we here at Inverse want you to be prepared.
Because a game as massive as Cyberpunk 2077 can sometimes be a little overwhelming. So consider this guide the Virgil to your gaming Dante.
First revealed to the public in 2013, Cyberpunk 2077 is a sprawling sci-fi RPG that will finally be released for PCs and consoles in 2020. The game, adapted from the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, takes place in a near-future open world where players have free control over where their story goes, the look and stats of their V, and so much more.
It was at Xbox’s E3 2019 presentation that CD Projekt Red unveiled the biggest look at the game yet, giving players a new look at their primary protagonist, V, as well as the game’s surprise cast member: Keanu “Breathtaking” Reeves, who plays the mysterious character “Johnny” who helps V accomplish their quests.
Here’s everything we know so far about Cyberpunk 2077, including the recently confirmed release date, gameplay aspects, rating, and more.
When Will Cyberpunk 2077 Be Released?
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to be released on April 16, 2020.
What Consoles Can I Play Cyberpunk 2077 ?
The game will be released on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Google’s new streaming platform, Google Stadia. Click here to learn more about Google Stadia.
What Is Cyberpunk 2077?
Cyberpunk 2077 is a futuristic, first-person science-fiction RPG set in Night City, a crime-ridden city in the Free State of California. Corporations have taken over, and the laws of country and state are determined by them. Gamers play as V, a mercenary who finds themselves pulled deeper and deeper into Night City through various quests in the game.
Artistic influences for the game run the gamut of urban noir sci-fi, including movies like Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner, Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 anime Akira, the Ghost in the Shell media franchise, plus literary authors like William Gibson (author of 1984’s Neuromancer) and Bruce Sterling (the Mirrorshades anthology). Amusingly, Gibson tweeted about Cyberpunk 2077 last summer, criticizing it for being “a generic 80s retro-future.”
The world of Night City is uniquely populated with people with cybernetic enhancements, or implants. These body modifications grant V (and V’s enemies and allies) enhanced abilities.
Below is the official synopsis for Cyberpunk 2077 via the game’s website:
“Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.”
What Cities in Cyberpunk 2077 Can I Explore?
There are several regions in Night City you can explore as you continue through the game. Those regions are:
- Westbrook: Stylized as a tourist-oriented Japantown, Westbrook is for the wealthy who like to play as hard as they work.
- Heywood: A massive suburban housing district.
- Pacifica: Probably the most dangerous part of town. Abandoned, crumbling, overrun by gang activity, Pacifica is the definition of impoverished.
- Santo Domingo: All of Night City is powered from here, with its countless power plants and industrial factories.
- Watson: A uniquely Asian-centered location, cultures will mix here amidst the backdrop of a failed corporation now populated by immigrant. There are markets, bazaar stalls, and plenty of alleyways to get lost in.
- City Center: Where it all happens in Night City. This is where all of the corporations are located and there’s plenty of neon and luxury to lure you in.
- The Badlands: Venture beyond Night City and you’ll find yourself in the Badlands, where the remnants of the past lie buried in dirt. Beware the Nomads who roam in dangerous vehicles across the Badlands.
Is There a Trailer For Cyberpunk 2077?
Several trailers exist online. You can watch a four-minute cinematic trailer at the top of this page.
The most recent video for Cyberpunk 2077 is a video titled “Deep Dive,” which is a 14-minute exploration of a single mission players can partake in the game. CD Projekt Red warns the video contains light spoilers, but nothing Earth-shattering that would prohibit enjoyment of the game’s discoveries. You can watch it below.
There are even more videos for Cyberpunk 2077; two from E3 2018 and 2019, as well as the initial teaser trailers first released in 2013. Also at E3 2018, CD Projekt Red released a 48-minute gameplay demo, which you can see below.
What ESRB Rating Will Cyberpunk 2077 Have?
Cyberpunk 2077’s ESRB rating is still pending as of June 2019, but in all likelihood it will be rated M for Mature. All of the trailers make it clear there will be brutal violence and strong language. In the 48-minute demo released in 2018, the first few minutes feature V and a nude woman whose organs were about to be harvested. Not exactly “E” for everyone.
What Features Can I Expect in Cyberpunk 2077?
The most attractive feature about Cyberpunk 2077 is how much autonomy players will have over the creation of V. Players can decide the gender, race, body modifications, tattoos, hair, and clothing for V.
Players will also be able to tweak V’s personality, including V’s Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech, and Cool. Changing these aspects of V will change how NPCs (non-playable characters) react towards V.
There will also be an option for getting V in romantic relationships. Quest designer Patrick Mills had this to say about CD Projekt Red’s approach to letting V fall in love during an interview with Game Informer:
“You’re defining your own character here, which means defining their sexuality any way you want. With Geralt [in The Witcher], you had a character whose sexuality was very well defined by the novels and the short stories and the previous games. But in this one, it’s up to you to decide. We’ve got NPCs that are gay, we’ve got NPCs that are bi, we’ve got NPCs that are straight, because we want them to feel real and that they have preferences as well.”
Because Cyberpunk 2077 is both an FPS and an RPG game, you will also encounter options to change weapons, battle NPCs, improve your stats and more. There are comprehensive mechanics for both weapons and hand-to-hand melee combat.
Dialogue will happen in real time as you interact with NPCs, offering branching dialogue options that allow full control over interactions and where your story goes. This will be helpful as you embark on missions, earning experience points and “street cred” which help you unlock new skills, weapons, others quests, vendors, and more.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released April 16, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.