One result of E3 2020's cancellation might be that we'll see more one-off digital showcases for individual games. It seems Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be one of those titles demanding a bit of solo attention, and we'll be seeing it in just over a month.
Today via the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter, CD Projekt Red announced "Night City Wire," something that's scheduled for June 11. Right now, all we've got is a name, a bright logo, and a date, but CD Projekt Red's Global Community Lead Marcin Momot has added a helpful clarification: "Stuff will be shown!"
That vague "stuff" is, more likely than not, new Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay. It has been a little while since CD Projekt Red has publicly shown off Cyberpunk in action—we got a 14-minute "deep dive" video back in August, but since then there's been just a slow trickle of details.
In January, CD Projekt Red announced a delay for Cyberpunk 2077 from April 16 out to September 17, 2020. It makes sense that we haven't seen anything in the interim, and CD Projekt's CEO Adam Kiciński even admitted that the delay entails crunch "to some degree" for the developers. The company's been focused on finishing the game up, but now that it's been shown to ratings boards, it makes sense to start spinning up the marketing.
There's no word on exactly what, when, or how long Night City Wire will be, but it's not the only gaming thing on the calendar for June 11. That same day, Electronic Arts is planning an EA Play Live event. It seems both are part of the Summer Game Fest, a four-month long schedule of events, reveals, and playable demos announced by Geoff Keighley last week.
So, with E3 2020 gone and other industry events either postponed, going digital, or both, it seems likely that Cyberpunk 2077 could be the first of a handful of games to go all-in on a single event. Maybe Night City Wire will help it stand out amongst all the new reveals and next-gen titles—though, of course, CD Projekt will also bring Cyberpunk 2077 to new hardware as well.