It's been a busy summer for CD Projekt Red. From E3 to Gamescom to PAX West, the Polish studio has bounced from convention to convention, showing off Cyberpunk 2077 at mostly limited capacities. Today, the world at large finally got a glimpse of the lengthy demo that was broadcast behind closed doors back at E3 2019, only now cut down to a breezy 14 minutes with narration breaking down all the big and small details.
The video goes at length to show off the different classes like Solo and Netrunner, and how different choices can alter not just the story, but how you approach a mission too. (The classes, too, are fluid; you can switch between them.) The Netrunner, for instance, can hack basically everything around them. In one situation, the main character V hacks someone who is bench pressing, and the weights collapse on them, killing or incapacitating them. Meanwhile, Solo takes a more brutish approach to encounters.
The demo also shows off character creation, which includes choosing a character's "life path" (Nomad, Corporate, or Street Kid), which is essential because of how it unlocks unique dialogue options with other characters. The gameplay teaser ends with a glimpse at Keanu Reeves' character, Johnny Silverhand, in-game. Players will be able to build a friendly or antagonistic relationship with him depending on their choices.
Back at E3, we saw the above gameplay demo in its entirety and talked to Quest Director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz about how life paths work, how Keanu Reeves got involved in the first place, and more. At Gamescom, we also caught up with Cyberpunk 2077 producer Richard Borzymowski, who told us about the richer districts of Night City in detail, and how law enforcement factors in across the open-world.
Cyberpunk 2077 is heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on April 16, 2020. For more, check out our Cyberpunk 2077 guides hub for everything we know so far about the upcoming RPG.