Bad news for CD Projekt RED fans. Despite plenty of rumours to the contrary, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be playable on the E3 show floor.
Marcin Momot, global community lead at CD Projekt RED, confirmed via Twitter that Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be playable at E3 2019 in June. “To answer many questions about the demo and whether or not @CyberpunkGame will be playable at E3 -- we are going to be hosting gameplay presentations (game played by us) in that cinema.”
It sounds much the same as last year then, albeit with the advantage of an additional year of development for Cyberpunk. In 2018, assembled journos were given the opportunity to watch the 45-minute gameplay demo which eventually got released to the public in August. We’re expecting a similar story here, perhaps with a deeper look at the open-world systems.
I think we can officially call those trumped up rumours earlier this week horsecrap now. If Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t ready for hands-on sessions, it’s almost assuredly not ready for a release date yet either.
The last we heard, Cyberpunk 2077 is a very different beast to what we saw last year. Quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz said last month they “are constantly polishing and thinking how to make the game more interesting, how to make the gameplay cooler and, well, the demo shown last year was only a small fragment of the actual game. There wasn’t a clear picture of how the game fits into an open world or how it fits into a larger image of the game. So, there are many [things] that we didn’t show yet, there are many things that we are still working on.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably one of the most ambitious games of all time, so hopes for a release date announcement at E3 2019 are going to be a tad optimistic. We’re definitely itching to see what CDPR’s cooking up though, and how CP2077 has changed since we saw it last year.
E3 2019 is due to kick off on Sunday, June 9th at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm BST when Microsoft presents its Xbox press conference. Cyberpunk 2077 made its return during Microsoft’s presser last year so this could be one to keep an eye on.