Cyberpunk 2077 By “The Witcher” Developer Is A Sandbox Cyberpunk RPG

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As reported earlier this year, The Witcher developer, CD Projekt Red, are working on a new cyberpunk role-playing game, based on an old pen-and-paper RPG, Cyberpunk, developed by Mike Pondsmith. The final title of the videogame adaptation be Cyberpunk 2077.


As indicated by the title, Cyberpunk 2077 will take place in the year 2077. Keeping with the standard cyberpunk theme, the world of 2077 is a place where technology has become both a salvation and a curse upon humanity.


The story of Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in the metropolis of Night City and its surrounding areas, and CD Projekt Red promise a mature, non-linear plot, mentioning the game’s sandbox nature and gameplay mechanics inspired by the Cyberpunk 2020 pen-and-paper system, which they say they are fine-tuning to meet the requirements of a modern RPG.


CD Projekt Red say that they began thinking of a sci-fi RPG while working on The Witcher 2, and use ideas that didn’t make it into that game.


“We were still committed to create a game for mature audiences that dealt with important, thought-provoking matters,” they say on Cyberpunk 2077’s development blog. “We would put in place exactly what we’ve learned while creating The Witcher 2 with just one difference—the game would be set in the future. No elves, no dwarves and no magic.”


“Rest assured that we are working very closely with Mike Pondsmith to ensure that the unique feel of the original, paper game is preserved intact,” CD Projekt Red write in another blog post. “Of course we may need to change some things, add new elements or even drop the ones that simply do not work in  a video game (‘Geology’ skill anyone?).”


A release date and platforms have not been announced for Cyberpunk 2077 just yet, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.