Having achieved insane levels of success with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the easy thing for CD Projekt RED to do would be to push out a sci-fi reskin and call it Cyberpunk 2077, but it turns out this is anything but the case. Speaking during Pax Australia, Cyberpunk 2077’s lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz said it’s upcoming RPG will play like a completely different game to The Witcher 3.
That’s not to say everything learnt from The Witcher 3 has been thrown out. The most successful things will make the jump over to Cyberpunk 2077, including The Witcher 3’s quest system, but the majority is a completely different game with totally different role-playing systems.
“We want to keep the things that were good about the quest design system for Cyberpunk, and basically we don’t want to change things that were working properly," said Tomaszkiewicz. “So we will stick to the guidelines that were working.
"I think there are things that we could have done better, so we will adjust it to Cyberpunk’s requirements. Also, it’s a completely different game, It’s obviously an RPG as well, but it has totally different systems. We need to focus on making the gameplay fun in different ways than sword fighting is.”
Word from CD Projekt RED is that the majority of its development staff have already switched over to working on Cyberpunk 2077, with a small team left to work on the remaining The Witcher 3 DLC. We first saw it back 2012 so it’s been in development for some time now, but CDPR has said it won’t be ready to talk about it until at least 2017. By then it’s surely going to be pretty far along, and it’s even possible we could see Cyberpunk 2077 launch that same year.
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