'Cyberpunk 2077' Release Date, E3 Trailer, Gameplay for the Keanu Simulator

Are you ready to go into the gritty neon world of Cyberpunk 2077? The latest trailer premiered during Xbox for Microsoft’s E3 2019 presentation, giving potential players a look at a new part of the game, a different version of main character V, and a big reveal: Keanu Reeves will go full Keanu as one of the characters here to help V accomplish their quests. It was a stunningly good preview for a game that we’ve been waiting on for years.

Cyberpunk 2077 was first announced in 2013 and anticipation has reached a fever pitch. Adapted from the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, this new game will be set in an open world where players have lots of control over where their story goes, the look and stats of their character, what kinds of quests they go on, and so much more.

Here’s everything we know so far about Cyberpunk 2077, including the recently confirmed release date, gameplay aspects, rating, and more.

Still from 'Cyberpunk 2077' E3 trailer
The world of 'Cyberpunk 2077' comes to life.

What Is Cyberpunk 2077?

Cyberpunk 2077 is an roleplaying game set in Night City, an impoverished, crime-ridden city in the Free State of California. Corporations have taken over, and the laws of country and state are determined by them. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw who finds themselves pulled through different quests within the game.

Per the official synopsis on the Cyberpunk 2077 site:

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 Are the Cities in Cyberpunk 2077 I Can Explore?

There are plenty of regions in Night City you’ll be able to 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 with a major gang problem.
  • 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.

When Is the Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date?

The cinematic trailer released at Xbox’s E3’s 2019 presentation revealed Cyberpunk 2077 will be released April 16, 2020.

Still from 'Cyberpunk 2077' E3 trailer
V takes a good, long look in the mirror after losing something precious.

Is There a Trailer For Cyberpunk 2077?

You can watch the latest cinematic trailer, which debuted at E3 2019, at the top of this page (keep an eye out for Keanu Reeves).

There have been tons of trailers since Cyberpunk 2077 was first teased all the way back in 2013. Each teaser or full-length trailer has given us different versions of V, the customizable character you’ll play as. Watch the 2013 teaser below:

In 2018, both a story trailer and a 48-minute gameplay demo were released. If you’re curious to see more of the Cyberpunk 2077 world and experience the gameplay, those clips are below.

Who Is Developing Cyberpunk 2077?

Cyberpunk 2077 is the next big release for CD Projekt Red, an internal studio with CD Projekt. If CD Projekt is unfamiliar to you, just remember they’re the company that brought us The Witcher franchise, starting in 2007.

Still from Cyberpunk 2077 video game trailer
Things don't go according to plan for V. 

What Is Cyberpunk 2077 Rated?

Cyberpunk 2077’s rating is still pending as of June 2019 but in all likelihood it will be rated M for Mature. All of the trailer make it clear there will be gory violence as well as the use of various weapons, including guns. Some trailers also include strong language. In the 48-minute gameplay demo released in 2018, the first few minutes also showed V encountering a naked woman in a bathtub whose organs were about to be harvested.

All things considered, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be very explicit and will not be suited for children whatsoever.

What Gameplay and Character Features Can I Expect in Cyberpunk 2077?

The most attractive feature about Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably that players are given so much autonomy over the creation of their character, V. Players will be able to choose the gender, race, body modifications, tattoos, hair, and outfit for V. Players will also be able to tweak aspects of V’s personality, including Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech, and something called Cool, as seen during the demo video.

As an added bonus, there will be an option for getting V involved in romantic relationships if the player chooses. Quest designer Patrick Mills had this to say about Cyberpunk 2077’s approach to letting V fall in love during an inteview 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.”

Still from Cyberpunk 2077 cinematic trailer
V gets into a bit of trouble.

Because Cyberpunk 2077 is both an FPS and RPG game, you will also encounter options to change weapons, battle against other NPCs, improve your stats and beyond. There will be a melee combat option for those who really want to engage, too.

Dialogue will happen in real time as you interact with NPCs, offering branch dialogue options that allow you full control over interactions and where your story goes. This will be helpful as you go on various questions and missions within your overall mission, earning experience points and “street cred”, which help you unlock new skills, weapons, others quests, vendors, and beyond.

How Can I Play Cyberpunk 2077?

You will be able to play Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can pre-order here if you want to make sure you get your hands on the game ASAP.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released April 16, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.