Out of all the studios making games right now, I have a soft spot in my heart for the chaps at CD Projekt RED. They’ve proven that smaller teams and budgets can make great games, and they’re also just so damn nice in real life. That team has been expanded though, for The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. And they’re tinkering with some next-gen ideas.
What’s one common thread that runs through the future? Don’t know? Well here ya go: It’s bleaker than Geoff’s internet connection. Games that tackle the future, always do so in a world that is pretty dystopian and depressing. But for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, don’t expect CD Projekt Red to craft a world that is so gray and devoid of hope.
While we’re all pretty much miffed out with some game developers these days, for making the same old generic crap or compromising their games for the “new age of gaming”, there are development studios still doing it right, even if they aren’t considered AAA. Spiders Games in my opinion is joining the ranks of studios like CD Projekt Red, developing games the way they should be developed.
The Witcher developers CD Projekt have a new game on the way, and it’s full of punks. Cyberpunks to be exact. Cyberpunks in the year 2077 to be super-duper exact. A debut trailer hit us last week, and while it showed zero actual gameplay, it was a hell of a mood-setter. And here’s how that psycho stunner was made.
They’ve already set a new precedent for storytelling in their fantasy medieval Witcher games, and now, CD Projeckt RED is headed to the future, for Cyberpunk. As usual, story and interactivity will play a large role in the upcoming game, but one aspect that CDPR really wants to focus on this time, is character customisation.
CD Projekt’s Witcher 2 is one of my favourite modern RPG’s; treating me as an adult with a complex, branching story. Is it, perhaps, too complex? The developer says it’s realised it needs to make the storytelling more inviting for its next game, a Cyberpunk RPG currently titled..well, Cyberpunk. Does that mean that CD Projekt will be dumbing the game down for broader appeal?
With The Witcher 2 basically done and dusted, it’s time for CD Projeckt to look towards the future. Sure, a Witcher 3 game is a no-brainer, but the studio has grown large enough now, that they can afford to split resources and talent on a second project as well.
What project is that, you ask? Well, it’s one that swops swords and sorcery for a title that is far more technologically driven in nature.
Kotaku has posted up a video showing 7 full minutes of the upcoming cyberpunk styled Hard Reset.
The video gives us some insight into the game mechanics including destruction, weapons, environmental affects, enemies and the art style of the upcoming shooter game.