While it can often feel like we’ll be old and grey by the time we can actually get our wrinkled mitts on Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED has revealed the studio has hit quite an impressive development milestone recently. The entirety of Cyberpunk 2077 is now playable from start to finish.
Now, I’m no game development expert, but that certainly sounds like fantastic progress. CDPR has been in development Cyberpunk 2077 for about six or so years. It’s been a long road to get to this point but now the final pieces are beginning to slot into place.
“The entire game is playable from start to finish. It doesn't have all of the proper assets, playtesting or bug fixes in place, but seeing the story come together is a critical step in the development process,” said Cyberpunk 2077 producer Richard Borzymowski, in an interview with Engadget.
For long-standing CD Projekt RED fans, it’s exciting stuff. While perhaps a little optimistic, a 2019 launch for Cyberpunk 2077 is no longer unthinkable, although 2020 is probably the safer bet.
In the months since the behind-the-scenes E3 2018 showcase, CDPR has been busy tweaking the game. The demo shown off at Gamescom is largely identical, save for one or two neat new additions. There’s now a katana melee weapon equipped with a magnetic shield that can be used to deflect bullets. Towards the end of the demo was there also a tease for our first peek at Night City at, well, night time. That's the Blade Runner-type cityscape we've always imagined for Cyberpunk 2077, and it appears CDPR is edging ever closer to showing us.
Aside from the development news though, CD Projekt RED has also released a small batch of new screenshots for Cyberpunk 2077. They're pretty straightforward, packed with body modding and cool-ass pistols.
If you're wondering who the chap is who slipped with his beard trimmer, that's Jackie Welles, one of Cyberpunk 2077's many NPCs.
When do you reckon Cyberpunk is going to be ready to launch? Will CD Projekt RED manage to hit 2019? Let us know!