Developer CDProjekt RED has released a trailer for its current project, titled Cyberpunk 2077. The game is based on the pen-and-paper RPG ruleset and will heavily feature dystopia and cyberpunk elements, as you can guess from the name of the game.
The trailer, while not giving any of the gameplay away, gives an idea of the general theme of the game. It seems like the world of the game will be a very dark place and time to be.
It was later discovered by a member of the NeoGAF forums that CDProjekt RED seems to have hidden a secret message in the trailer. The secret message seems to be about the announcement of a new game. The message reads: "We are about to reveal our other project which is much closer to being completed, and it will also be a fully open world game with an intense story."
"You can probably guess the game we're talking about," it prompted. "On the 5th February, it will all be clear."
Most of the speculations about this secret message point towards the next game in the series that made the company famous – The Witcher. It will be interesting to see an open-world Witcher game.
According to the company, the world of Cyberpunk 2077 presents a grim vision of the future. Tech advancement went hand in hand with the decay of society. Body augmentations invented to serve society simply multiplied the problems and sometimes lead to mayhem on the streets. New inventions led to addictions and poverty became an even larger problem.
Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be a depressing game
In Cyberpunk 2077, the player will be thrown into a dark future. The metropolis of Night City is a stage set to tell the tale of one individual, raised on the streets, who tries to lift himself up from the gutter and find a way to survive amongst boostergangs and megacorporations in a city of filth and sin. Drugs, violence, poverty and exclusion haven’t disappeared by 2077, as people stayed they were for centuries – greedy, closed-minded and weak. But not only ghosts of the past trouble mankind, but new issues have appeared. Psychos go on rampages and the streets are filled with junkies addicted to a new form of entertainment – the braindance, a cheap way to experience the emotions and stimuli of someone else, someone living a more exciting life.
Braindances, which seem to feature heavily in the trailer, are digital recordings of a person’s experience. The viewer can stream a braindance directly into his neural system via special brain augmentations, called a BD player. Braindances allow the viewer to experience all brain processes registered, including emotions, muscle movements and all stimuli perceived by the recording person.
The range of themes for these recordings varies from simple braindances made by megacorporations, which, for instance, allow the viewer to feel the full experience of an explorer with all its thrills, sweats, smells, views, sounds and the real feeling of curiosity that pushes men to go beyond the horizon against fear and physical weakness. But there are also more controversial sides of braindance, because some recordings are created illegally in the underground. Entering the mind of a serial killer means not only seeing the monstrosity he performs, but also living his lust to kill and fulfillment.