Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to consoles and PC in 2020, and we now know that Keanu Reeves will be playing a very active role in the game from CD Projekt RED. in this guide to the ambitious game, we'll be going over the new Cyberpunk 2077 release date, all the new Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 gameplay footage we've seen, new characters, and more.
Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date
As it was revealed at the Xbox E3 2019 presentation, the Cyberpunk 2077 release date is April 16, 2020. You can see the E3 2019 trailer for the game just below, which announced the brand new release date for CD Projekt's game.
And yes, that is Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077. The man himself burst forth onto the Xbox E3 2019 stage like an angel descending from heaven, to reveal that he plays a character in the game. It was here that the release date for the game was unveiled by Reeves as April 2020.
Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019
It was recently confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be at E3 2019. In the tweet below, CD Projekt community manager revealed that while you won't actually be able to play Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019, the developer will be giving hands-off gameplay presentations to the general public, as well as press.
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.— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) May 23, 2019
Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay
It was after Gamescom 2018 in August, that gameplay for Cyberpunk 2077 was made public for the first time. You can see the full demo just below, which is nearly a replica of what we saw behind closed doors at E3 and Gamescom 2018.
As a FPS, Cyberpunk 2077 features a slow motion ability, as well as a tactical slide. All the enemies in the game have life bars above their heads, and damage numbers will pop out of them each time you land a hit. Cyberpunk 2077 also featured full frontal nudity, and you can even take an NPC of your choice back to your apartment for a one night stand.
At E3 2018, USgamer saw Cyberpunk 2077 behind closed doors. "The opening of the demo felt a bit small, taking place in an apartment where V and burly street samurai partner Jackie were attempting to rescue someone. Of course, the folks standing in your way don't take too kindly to your actions and everything gets heated. It's here that Cyberpunk 2077 reveals that it's partially a cover shooter", wrote our Mike Williams.
We ultimately came away very impressed with what we'd seen of the game, as Mike put it: "Cyberpunk 2077 at times reminds me of the later Deus Ex games and Syndicate, but it looks like it might succeed where those faltered". The choices are deep and varied, matched only by the level of intrigue of Night City.
Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
In the very first trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, we saw a futuristic city, with a suitably kitted out police force. They were taking down an unarmed woman with cybernetic arms, while a police drone patrolled the area above, scanning for details. It certainly set up a tantalizing setting for the upcoming game.
At Microsoft's E3 2018 presentation on June 10, we got the trailer just below for Cyberpunk 2077. This trailer shows us more about the life inside the futuristic city, along with a clear art style, a big difference from something futuristic like Blade Runner.
You can read more about where the game is set in our Cyberpunk 2077 setting guide
Cyberpunk 2077 Character Creation
One aspect that wasn't shown off in the trailer was whether we'd be forced to play as the character giving the narration in Cyberpunk 2077. It was then revealed by CD Projekt RED studio President Adam Kiciński that the game would feature character creation from scratch.
You are V, a cyberpunk. In a world of cyber-enhanced street warriors, tech-savvy netrunners and corporate life-hackers, today is your first step to becoming an urban legend. #Cyberpunk2077@maul_cosplay @maja_felicitas pic.twitter.com/PEF5FO6J4L— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) June 12, 2018
As you can see in the tweet just above from the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account, we'll be playing a character called V in the game. Our role in the game is basically a hacker, fighting back against mega corporations that dominate the world. For full details on how character creation and classes will work in the game, visit our Cyberpunk 2077 Character Creation and Classes Guide.
Cyberpunk 2077 Romance Options
We briefly mentioned above that you, as V, can take an NPC back to your apartment for a one night stand. In an interview with Game Informer, quest designer Patrick Mills revealed that V will have far more romance options available than Geralt had in The Witcher 3.
"We've got NPCs that are gay, we've got NPCs that are bi, we've got NPCs that are straight, because we want them to feel real and that they have preferences as well", says Mills. "We're aiming for big, complicated relationships that continue over the course of the game, but also casual encounters that don't matter that much."
It certainly sounds like CD Projekt RED is trying to push romance options a lot further than they have previously. Whereas Geralt was limited by his defined gender, you can be male or female in Cyberpunk 2077, opening up options for your protagonist to be gay, lesbian, or bi. We've got more details on how romance will work in the game in our Cyberpunk 2077 Romance Guide.
Cyberpunk 2077 is very much an ongoing project from CD Projekt RED. As such, we’ll be constantly updating this guide to reflect any new announcements that the developer makes for the action-RPG, especially over the coming weeks while news from E3 2019 comes out thick and fast.