Shunal DokeMar 16, 2013 17:35:07 IST
Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a bunch of "firsts" for CDProjekt RED. Other than the fact that it will be the company’s first game in a science fiction mythos, it will also be the first game by the developers that will have a multiplayer component.
"It will be a story-based RPG experience with amazing single-player playthroughs, but we're going to add multiplayer features," CDProjekt RED's Managing Director Adam Badowski told Eurogamer.
This will be the first time the company attempts multiplayer, but whether The Witcher 3 will have it or not is unknown as of yet. When asked about it, Badowski said, "We're thinking about something."
Badowski also revealed some more information about Cyberpunk 2077. Like The Witcher 3, it will be an open world game but in a different setting. "The first and most important environment for Cyberpunk is the city, obviously," he said. "But not only the city: you can expect some more environments in the Cyberpunk game. We want to start in the Night City, which is cool. And yes it will be an open world game as well."
Contrary to The Witcher 3, though, Cyberpunk 2077 will not have a pre-defined hero. The emphasis instead will be on making your own character and roleplaying. "We'll have different situation in Cyberpunk," said Badowski. "Cyberpunk will have different character classes."
A grim vision of the future
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.
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 the way they were for centuries – greedy, closed-minded and weak. 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.
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