CD Projekt Red’s New RPG: Cyberpunk

By Jim Rossignol on May 30th, 2012 at 6:00 pm.


EXCITING UPDATE: It’s a AAA RPG of Cyberpunk, the pen and paper RPG. It is being made by Witcher and Witcher 2 veterans. They’re saying stuff like “Advanced RPG mechanics” and “mature content”. Customisable characters, different classes. Lots of weapons. Non-linear. “Cutting edge looking game”. And also “not a game for everybody, for mature audiences.”

Cyberpunk RPG’s creator Mike Pondsmith is there, talking about it: “I love Bladerunner, I love that kind of future.” Yeah. That’s the stuff.

ORIGINAL STORY: The mystery sci-fi game from The Witcher devs CD Projekt Red is about to be announced over here. I’ll get more details up here as they arrive. All we have so far is the teaser image of a punk with techno-glasses and a gun (above) and the knowledge that it will be some kind of cyberpunkian thing.

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  1. Inglourious Badger says:

    CD Projekt does cyberpunk!??? This has GOT to be good. Excited!

    • alabastersteel says:

      Lol broadcast went to hell literally as soon as Pondsmith took the stage.

      • Morte66 says:

        Pondsmith is a definite worry, he’s been a waste of space since the millenium. Still feeling pretty eager here, though.

    • catmorbid says:

      This is fucking beyond amazing and has to be the best fucking news this year holy shit i’m too psyched to even bother with punctuation and shit holy fucking fuck this is beyond fucking beyond amazing fuck me!

      Sorry bout the language (not really), but I love both Witcher games and the whole cyberpunk genre and pnp, so fuck me this is batshit crazy awesome and sounds really awesome! They better not screw it up though. But I doubt they will, based on the two excellent games they’ve already made.

    • Wreckdum says:

      When I fist saw that drawing I immediately thought of Shadowrun. I got a partial boner.

      • Aedrill says:

        Shadowrun is taken. CP is awesome anyway, so you can keep your boner.

        • lurkalisk says:

          I’ve never been so ashamed to laugh…

          • westyfield says:

            Hmm, so it turns out that CP means something other than ‘cyberpunk’ to me…

          • Aedrill says:

            Oh shit. That was… unexpected.

          • Valvarexart says:

            Sir, you have been browsing the wrong type of internet forums. I know you have, don’t argue about it.

          • Jackablade says:

            Exactly how much am I going to regret Googling this?

          • westyfield says:

            @ Jackablade

            Depends. How much do you like your door/windows/lack of police in your home?

          • lurkalisk says:

            @Valvarexart

            Yep, as I said, ashamed… Granted, it’s strictly lurking*, no participation.

            *In regard to the forum in general. I don’t even lurk in most areas therein, let alone -those- kinds…

          • roryok says:

            oh god. I don’t even want to know.

          • theleif says:

            Oh, no no, it’s cool, he’s taking it back.

      • Quarex says:

        You do know that a Shadowrun game from the original creator is already being made after a successful Kickstarter, right?

        Anyway, count me in as excited. I preferred Cyberpunk to Shadowrun, so I am glad I got to back the latter before I knew about the former.

    • lurkalisk says:

      I was hoping, no matter how unlikely, it was based on the Sprawl universe… Oh well, this is still excellent news.

      • Jesse L says:

        You might like this – streamlined tabletop PnP Shadowrun hack posted online yesterday. Not mine but I love it so much. If you love regular Shadowrun but find it too complicated (like me), you may find this useful. Still in development: http://www.networkpipeline.com/_sgi/Shadowhack.pdf

      • stiffkittin says:

        Cyberpunk 2020 is just about the best interactive interpretation of Gibson’s work ever published though. It lifts everything from Neuromancer et al. FNFF was an interesting and brutal combat system too even if it had it’s problems. Should help the designers a lot having an existing framework.

    • apa says:

      THIS is what I’ve been waiting from the computer rpgs since the 90′s!

    • skoll says:

      This is probaly the best studio for the best possible IP. I have dreamed of this.. I’ll go sit in a corner and drool for a while now.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      If they don’t make it first-person, it won’t be the immersive experience it deserves to be. I don’t expect this to happen, since this wasn’t an issue CDP seemed to care about in The Witcher.

      • Werthead says:

        Something that’s interesting about this is that THE WITCHER had a fixed protagonist with a distinctive look, so it made sense to have him on screen at all times (plus it was based on the NEVERWINTER NIGHTS engine, which required it). CYBERPUNK, presumably, should allow you to create your own characters and it won’t be necessary to adopt a 3rd-person viewpoint. It would be better if they gave you a choice, a la SKYRIM/FALLOUT though.

        • DestructibleEnvironments says:

          No no, ala VTMB. Pick a good RPG instead of those casual games! Gaaarrgh I’m a forum troll feed me your earth chow!

  2. Nick says:

    yay cyberpunk RPG!

  3. Chaz says:

    It’s a little bit late 80′s early 90′s style.

  4. Emeraude says:

    Color me interested. Preferably with subdued colors though.

  5. Mistabashi says:

    This game might be good or bad. Perhaps average.

  6. MistyMike says:

    It will be called Hard Deus Syndicate.

  7. Hoaxfish says:

    The conference is up on ustream right now:
    http://www.ustream.tv/CDProjekt

    thewitcher.com appears to be overwhelmed for me atm

    • catmorbid says:

      The full video is now available for playback, though the streaming rate is beyond horrible.

  8. Smashbox says:

    Their servers seem to have melted.

  9. Rattlepiece says:

    Servers went boom!

  10. subshell001 says:

    The Switcher

    • Zenicetus says:

      Sounds good, although I worry about adding “different classes.” One reason The Witcher was such a great game was that you could inhabit a pre-defined character who could be strongly written.

      That could succeed again in a cyberpunk world with a character like Case from Neuromancer, written with a compelling back story and defined personality and skills. If they go open-ended on player creation, they could be entering the Bioware RPG zone here, and I’m not sure that’s their strong suit.

      • FunkyBadger3 says:

        Case isn’t a great example, as he has very little agency*.

        But yeah, go ‘punk. Who doesn’t want to kill Johnny Silverhand, right in the face.

        *Hmmm, just forget the last 10 years worth of AAA games there…

        • neems says:

          Best comment ever. A footnote worthy of early Terry Pratchett, possibly even Douglas Adams.

        • Sardukar says:

          So very much. Although Johnny was okay by the time Firestorm rolled around. I’d kinda like to meet Edger though, or dodge Alt in the Net…

  11. MythArcana says:

    Retina scan, DNA test, Social Security #, and home address required for purchase! lol

  12. Trent Hawkins says:

    yay cyber boobs!

  13. Jackablade says:

    It’s Cyberpunk. Capital letter Cyberpunk. Eeee.

  14. Lobotomist says:

    Its based on Cyberpunk PnP RPG !!!!

    Amazing !!!!

    • Hoaxfish says:

      Yea, I was just like “HOLY SHIT”. This along with Shadowrun’s rebirth, I hope it’s gonna be amazing.

    • Emeraude says:

      Nice. Very, very nice.

  15. Shortwave says:

    I’m VERY into cyber punk.. Sort of consider myself one, heh.
    Witcher is probably the most I’ve enjoyed RPG, ever..
    So this is awesome news and I seriously don’t look forward to a year of updates as I eagerly wait for what will likely be this kick ass game changing title.

    They’ve already put DA in it’s place if you ask me.
    NEXT UP. Show MA what scifi really is? : P Boo-yea.

  16. Iskariot says:

    I have watched part of the conference.
    They make hard promises.
    And they promise everything I always wanted in a Cyberpunk shooter,
    I will build an altar to CDProject in my living room now.

    • Belsameth says:

      I’ll send over some sacrificial virgins and arrange for a full moon! \o/

      Amazing news!

  17. Alexander Norris says:

    Holy shit, Cyberpunk 2020 CRPG made by RED.

    In other words, yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

  18. muskieratboi says:

    HOLY SH.. CP2020?!?!?

    *Cybergasm*

    Must.. have.. Rockerboy.. class…

  19. ran93r says:

    Having played the pen and paper for years, I wee’d, and not just a little bit.
    Colour me excited.

  20. jakonovski says:

    There better be Johnny Silverhand.

  21. Yehat says:

    80s aesthetics and remembering the “punk” in “cyberpunk” would be a welcome approach, although it remains to be seen if CDProjekt has the sense of style and understanding of the genre to pull it off. Still, this looks genuinely good.

  22. Tyrone Slothrop. says:

    As a massive fan of William Gibson, Deus Ex, Human Revolution, Blade Runner and System Shock… I’m fucking tumescent right now.

  23. NotSoSmilingJack says:

    And here I hoped that CDP Red will come up with it’s own IP…

    • Paul says:

      They could have, but when the CEO has a dream of working on a license…
      I am god damn glad for this.

  24. fitzroy_doll says:

    Such good news. Really looking forward to this.

  25. gunny1993 says:

    Ughhh bladerunner …. grey on black on brown dystopian future

    • WoundedBum says:

      As is evident by the art released, this is not the case.

    • Jackablade says:

      You may wish to meet Mr Hideous Blue Leopard-print Jacket Guy.
      http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/2012/150/Cyberpunks_60409_screen.jpg

    • Hidden_7 says:

      Cyberpunk always struck me as more blues and greens and yellows. Florescents and building sized ad-displays and LEDs everywhere; Times Square or Tokyo turned up to 11 and gone dirty.

      It’s grimy, but it’s also gaudy, which isn’t exactly your dull browns ‘n greys of your post-apocalyptic colour pallet for example.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      You evidently haven’t seen Blade Runner (or played the excellent PC game based on it).

      EDIT: that’s a reply to the original comment not any of the subsequent replies just so we’re clear.

  26. foda500 says:

    I need this straight into my veins.

  27. Muzman says:

    Cool your heels folks! There was a translation error. The game isn’t actually based on the Pen n Paper Cyberpunk game, but the Billy Idol album ‘Cyberpunk’.
    You can still expect bad eighties hair at least.

  28. Skabooga says:

    Exciting! There is always room for more cyberpunk, especially done by a studio with such a good reputation.

  29. Emeraude says:

    Damn, Mike Pondsmith is on board ?

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      Hmmmm, not necessarily a good thing. I say that as someone who played Cyberpunk 3 (or was it called 3.0?)

      • Emeraude says:

        Agreed, but still I have huge respect for the man, if anything.

        • FunkyBadger3 says:

          Absolutely. Aaah, Rough Guide to the uK, now there ws a sourcebook. Umm, one that Pondsmith wasn’t involved in at all I believe, but anyway…

          Hope its set during the Stormfront campaign.

      • Hoaxfish says:

        Hopefully there’s some balance between faith to “book rules”, computer game “playability”, with everything laced through with cyberpunk atmosphere and intelligent story.

    • Gasmask Hero says:

      Since nobody has mentioned prying it from his cold, dead fingers then yes.

      If I remember, he has the reputation of being…stubborn. Difficult, if you like.

  30. foda500 says:

    Mike Pondsmith’s voice is amazing.

  31. AlwaysRight says:

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  32. suibhne says:

    Fantastic.

  33. Xardas Kane says:

    I adore Blade Runner. I adore CD Project and have been following them closely for more than six years now. In other words, I’m in video-game heaven right now.

  34. serioussgtstu says:

    They mentioned that there are two teams at CDP working on triple A RPG titles. That could be confirmation that the Witcher 3 is already in development along with Cyberpunk.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      I’m not sure if the Dark souls inspired thing they announced a while back is factored into that statement

      • Paul says:

        This is developed by City interactive, another company. Tom Gop is its director, he left CDP. Probably wanted change after spending 10 years on Witcher.

        • Hoaxfish says:

          Ah, I could never quite work out why they were talking about it, and other companies, in that article..

      • serioussgtstu says:

        Yeah that fits alright, great call. I didn’t know about that title, so naturally I’m delighted that CDP are making up for the inevitable disappointment that will be Bandi’s Dark souls PC port!

  35. Hug_dealer says:

    Its CDPR. They already proved they can hang with the big dogs, and even outdue them at their own game.

    If there is any dev out there that can pull off a great story, interesting characters, some of the best visuals out there(graphics quality wise, and atmosphere wise), along with non-linear story telling, well only 1 dev can pull that off, its CDPR. No one else has delivered a game like The witcher 2.

    Seriously the witcher 2 took every other RPG ever made, and made them it’s bitch. The sheer quality, the magnitude of the world, and the stories, with more consequences for your actions than any game ever made, and graphics whether Xbox 360 or PC pushed the genre forward. From an pretty much unknown dev with a small budget compared to AAA studios. The game just pretty much puts all genres to shame when it comes to what they accomplished. Look at the budget of COD and compare what that game actually delivers. Or compare the Mass effects, or Dragon ages.

    TBH the bar might be set to high for CDPR now, but i feel like they can deliver. It is plainly obvious they love what they do, and when developers love what they do, it shows in their games. DA2 was made with no love, just money, and it shows.

  36. Makariel says:

    Cyberpunk 2020 by CDProje*brain explodes because of awesome*

  37. Vayl says:

    The best news of gaming in 2012!

  38. MuscleHorse says:

    ‘mature content’ from these guys translates into tits top trumps.

    • Hug_dealer says:

      obviously you havent played the witcher 2.

      If you had, you would know what they meant by mature content.

      • Aedrill says:

        No, he obviously hasn’t. It’s this mature content I’m looking forward to the most, in fact. All those dilemmas, choices, brutality… When’s the release day and why not tomorrow?

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      And how is that a problem?

    • Bilateralrope says:

      They are just jealous that Mass Effect gets all the sex controversy.

  39. Enzo says:

    Holy fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  40. Archonsod says:

    Dammit, there goes my money and social life.

  41. Walter Heisenberg says:

    It’s time a studio to name themselves “AAA Games” to hopefully kill this very overused marketing buzzword that the press are all too happy to parrot.

  42. Iskariot says:

    Finally, Finally we will get a true cyberpunk RPG/shooter.
    This is a wonderful day.

  43. Reefpirate says:

    I’m troubled by the AAA moniker… because as we ALL know, triple A games will from now on be online-only DRM ridden pieces of shit thanks to the uber-success of Diablo. Our cyberpunk dystopia has already arrived.

    • Iskariot says:

      No… CDproject has very strong opinions about ridiculous DRM schemes.
      So do not worry.

    • MSJ says:

      And as we all know, Muslim and Middle Easterners make up 90% of the population of both the USA and the UK. It’s true, I read it on the internet.

  44. Dances to Podcasts says:

    They should get Rutger Hauer to do some voice work for this. Just because.

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      All gemini units look like Rutger Hauer. Factoid.

    • roryok says:

      oh hell yes. And since the last thing he did was Hobo with a Shotgun I’m sure he’d be happy to get the work.

      Edward James Olmos would also be good

  45. Seafort says:

    Is this PC exclusive? Xbox exclusive? or a bit of both :P

    Damn excited about it though. Hope it has all the hallmarks of a great CDP game :)

    • Hug_dealer says:

      It will likely be PC and xbox, ps3 is iffy though.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      I’d imagine Windows first as it’s their home platform, then others when they’re further along (e.g. stuff like the Enhanced Edition saved them patching it in via MS’ horrible live patching bureaucracy)

    • Paul says:

      I will bet my hat the game will come out on PC and both next gen platform all at the same time.

  46. sonofsanta says:

    Oh. Fuck. Yes.

  47. kael13 says:

    Was just thinking i had a giant Deus Ex-shaped hole in my heart the other day.

    I am going to play the shit out of this. Super pumped!

  48. StiLt3D says:

    I put my credit card in the disc drive but nothing is downloading… sonofabitch..

    they should change it’s working title to Blue Balls -.-

  49. seniorgato says:

    Oh hell yes!