Following a mysterious stream of code, CD Projekt Red has now revealed a first look at gameplay footage previously only seen behind the scenes at E3 and Gamescom.
Narrated by a guide, the footage takes players through the beginning of the game, explaining the gritty environment of Night City and the hard lives of its high-tech inhabitants.
Stream details reveal a gameplay-driven dialogue system, with players having an array of speaking options to choose from. Every decision appears to affect the overall game, and players can choose how to approach every situation with their own flair.
This gameplay mirrors the game’s source material, Cyberpunk 2020, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game in the style of DnD.
Also featured in the stream are the player’s body modifications, an integral part of the Cyberpunk genre and a key tool in the game. With the ocular implant, players can identify the strength of opponents and inspect items for imperative details to their quest.
Players can also hack into enemies’ modifications, causing them to de-arm their weapons, kill other opponents, and more. In addition to this, players can also take a multitude of drugs to amplify their performance, initiating “bullet-time,” where users can operate in slow motion to take out the enemy.
More details about the game’s development were released in an interview segment following the stream. Developers stated that the game’s first-person perspective seeks to solidify players’ immersion in the title, as it might otherwise be affected in a third-person view.
They also justified the game’s use of nudity and language, maintaining that Cyberpunk’s gritty universe is a matter of death and survival, where characters are transformed into objects by the system and their own desire to upgrade.
“In Cyberpunk, it’s not possible to save the world - but it is possible to save yourself.”
The build used in the stream is not final, and elements of the game are subject to change before release. While other elements of the game are still up in the air, fans can check out the stream to get a better feel for the upcoming title and ready their modifications for future upgrades.