The Cyberpunk 2077 E3 demo was undoubtedly one of the most talked about parts of E3 2018. Only, it was a behind-closed-doors demo, so for the vast majority of fans, it’s been left entirely up to their own imagination. With any luck, we’ll all be able to see it for ourselves eventually, but in the meantime, CD Projekt RED has been explaining just how along in developer Cyberpunk 2077.
The demo for Cyberpunk 2077 shown at E3 was actually take from a pre-alpha build of the sci-fi RPG. It’s in no way, shape or form ready for the general public to see just yet as the scope of the final game hasn’t been locked down just yet.
"This is the most polished part of the game we have now, prepared in some sense to show it to people outside the company," said Adam Kiciński, CEO of CD Projekt RED.
I suspect that CDPR is shying away from showing the public just yet lest we get another ‘downgrade’ controversy. It happened with The Witcher 3 and we’d imagine CDPR is keen to get the look and feel of the final product nailed down before releasing proper gameplay. The reality of game development is that a lot changes can happen in 18 months or two years, and compromises and sacrifices have to be made along the way. Entire elements or gameplay mechanics could be carved away, it’s a state of total flux if it’s pre-alpha. There’s just no way of showing a AAA game two years before its launch and being able to promise it’s going to look exactly like it does in the trailer.
As for when we’ll see Cyberpunk 2077, a 2019 launch sounds optimistic. 2020 is probably the safer bet and also ties in nicely with the tabletop game it’s based on - Cyberpunk 2020. It sounds as if it’s going to be a much bigger production than The Witcher 3 though, and CDPR already has more than 350 working on the game.
"The marketing budget will be much larger than The Witcher 3, but ultimately it will result from arrangements with partners," Nielubowicz said. "We want to invest heavily in marketing - also from our resources. This is one of the reasons for holding cash."
We’ve got a wait on our hands then, but fingers crossed we can actually see gameplay sometime soon!