If you hadn't guessed from the fact that developers CD Projekt RED have just released one of the finest, biggest, and prettiest open-world RPGs I've seen in a jolly long time, their other big RPG won't be along any time soon. But how soon is not-soon, and how soon is now? When can we play, or at least see, Cyberpunk 2077 [official site]?
I wouldn't expect to hear anything substantial about the game this year and maybe next, going by recent comments. We live in the time of The Witcher, you see.
Cyberpunk 2077 is to be an open-world RPG set in the mean future where everything's a bit grim and we're all gone a bit robot. It'll focus on the Psycho Squad, a special arm of the police tackling folks who've gone wild on implants and stims and done naughty crimes. That's the gist of what we know, and who knows how the game might've changed over the years anyway? And might yet over the years to come.
"We hope and we are certain that Cyberpunk has even bigger commercial potential," CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski told Reuters recently. "It is too early to talk about it, though. This year, and the next one will be the years of the Witcher."
That makes sense, given that the announced Witcher 3 expansions will carry over into next year. Heck, remember that it was four years between The Witcher 2 and 3.
CD Projekt were a lot more willing to talk about Cyberpunk 2077 a few years ago. They announced it in May 2012 then followed up in January 2013 with a pre-rendered teaser trailer of cool cyberpeople, then told us a load about the game and the Cyberpunk universe. Then went a bit silent. They did say in 2014 after delaying Witcher 3 (which they'd later do again) wouldn't hold up Cyberpunk but hey - they'd never said when they would release Cyberpunk anyway.
Now quit yer griping and go back to The Witcher 3, you big silly. Here's that teaser trailer again: