Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Preview: What We Learned from New Footage

At the Gamescom 2019 convention in Cologne, Germany, exactly 237 days previous to the discharge of Cyberpunk 2077, Den of Geek was ushered right into a darkened cinema to look at near 45 minutes of gameplay from CD Projekt Red’s upcoming sci-fi RPG. With one member of the event staff taking part in the game dwell and one other one offering commentary, it was a neat solution to study extra in regards to the game in lieu of truly attending to play. 

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The phase of Cyberpunk 2077 that we witnessed takes place halfway by the game. This dwell gameplay demo started with the participant character, V, making some modifications to their look. The builders are very eager to indicate off all of the customization choices: you’ll be able to craft V’s look in lots of of other ways utilizing cybernetic enhancements, and you may also select from a range of backstories (which have names like Nomad, Street Kid, and Corporate). How your V seems to be and what form of historical past you give them will alter the game in a quantity of methods: as an illustration, sure dialogue choices will solely be out there to sure types of folks.

The customization choices chosen by the participant for this demo are rapidly ridiculed by Keanu Reeves, who has a supporting function within the game because the digital ghost of a rebellious rockstar named Johnny Silverhand. “You really think they give a rat’s ass how you look?” he asks, and V appears to be the one one that may see or hear Johnny. (A bit like Mark Hamill’s hallucinatory flip as The Joker in Batman: Arkham Knight.)

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At this level within the game, V is making an attempt to study extra a couple of chip in his neck. To do that, V heads off to fulfill a gang known as the Voodoo Boys. Following a lead takes him to a chapel in Pacifica, which is one of the rougher districts within the game’s sprawling Night City locale. On the best way there, it is apparent that the graphics on this game are fairly spectacular – searching a window, you’ll be able to see helicopters flying by, and there are glimpses of huge cityscapes within the distance. There are additionally particulars to be noticed within the foreground, like some “Where’s Johnny?” graffiti that’s presumably a reference to Reeves’ long-dead character.

You make your means into the chapel, pushing by a crowd to get to the one person who gives you instructions. You can hear snippets of folks’s conversations, together with some exchanges in Haitian Creole, that are translated in real-time as floating phrases above folks’s heads. As you get right into a dialog, you’ll see sure dialogue paths that you could possibly have taken should you had a special background. A Street Kid model of V could have extra luck mixing in with a legal gang than one which has come from a company background, for instance.

Chatting to the precise particular person rewards you with a brand new waypoint to achieve, and one other character to go and speak to. It’s again out into the world, then, with the builders taking this chance to get V onto a bike and provides us a glimpse of the autos within the game. As followers of GTA video games will likely be glad to listen to, there are numerous completely different radio stations to select from. Zooming across the metropolis seems to be like enjoyable, however it is not lengthy earlier than V is on the subsequent vacation spot.

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V meets up with the subsequent quest-giving character, Placide, who seems to be to be some type of crime lord. He calls for that you simply “jack in” to his laptop system, which is a reasonably huge leap of religion on this world. After a bit of convincing, V takes a cable out of his decrease arm and plugs it right into a machine on the desk. This permits Placide to take a look round in your inside coding (lest we overlook that everybody on this world is cybernetically enhanced in a giant means). Placide can now speak to you remotely, and he can see and listen to every thing that you simply do.

Giving you an opportunity to earn his belief, Placide sends you off on a mission: to go over to the Grand Imperial Mall, which is presently occupied by a rival gang known as the Animals, and principally type them out. This is when issues got actually fascinating, with the builders utilizing this stage to showcase simply how a lot your customization decisions can affect your playstyle.

Giving us our first correct glimpse at how differing types of gamers will be capable to sort out missions in their very own distinctive methods, CD Projekt Red confirmed us three other ways of beating this stage: within the first playthrough, the participant stealthed their means across the procuring heart, deploying sneaky takedowns to defeat enemies and utilizing environmental hideyholes to stash the our bodies (there have been some enjoyable takedowns involving objects in a fitness center, like a boxing robotic that you could possibly override to knock a dude out). Then the builders loaded up a second save game, exhibiting how a participant that had maxed out on the energy choices might tear down doorways and smash a totally completely different path to their aim (even ripping turrets out of the bottom to make super-heavy weapons). Another save confirmed us a “Netrunner” playthrough, with a participant maxing out their technical stats to hack their means by the extent, even twiddling with the code in enemy characters’ heads to realize tactical benefits. The choices appear to be fairly huge, permitting gamers to bend the degrees to their very own distinctive tastes.

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You can take a look at some of the footage from this stage within the following video, which CD Projekt Red shared after Gamescom…

After exhibiting us these three completely different playthroughs of the identical stage, the builders moved onto the subsequent chunk of the story: after clearing out the mall, you come head to head with a particular agent that had been monitoring the Animals gang. He provides up some fairly hefty revelations about Placide, and you may both select to consider the agent or activate him. Either means, the game will preserve going – there aren’t any proper or incorrect solutions right here, and there appears to be a fastidiously constructed branching narrative at play.

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Before the lights went up and we have been despatched on our means, CD Projekt Red had time for yet one more shock: we noticed the participant assembly up with some intriguing characters which might be providing to ship V “beyond the black wall.” Using some tech that includes plunging your physique into an ice tub, V is invited to enter a totally digital world that might maintain solutions to some fairly huge questions. Apparently nobody has ever returned from this digital realm, however the digital consciousness of a personality known as Alt Cunningham is hoping to be the primary being to make a comeback from the nice our on-line world past.

Like Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand, Alt Cunningham is a personality that originated within the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, which this video game will function a sequel to. Exactly how she components into this new story stays to be seen, however we anticipate finding out extra about this overarching story when the time is correct. Much like V hovering above that ice tub, we’re able to make the leap.

Cyberpunk 2077 launches on April 16 on PS4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC.

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