An extremely interesting upcoming video-game from the makers of the Witcher looks to be one of the most ambitious games of all time.
CD Projekt RED has had enough success with their Witcher RPG series to be given a little more freedom with their upcoming projects, with two teams focusing on two major new role-players.
One of these is Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world science-fiction game spawned from a pen and paper game of a similar name.
IGN has thoroughly dissected the trailer here, and it includes some truly epic visuals.
Your initial reaction might well be that the most incredible trailers never live up to the expectations - think Dead Island - but remember that the Witcher 2 was acclaimed for its graphical achievements, and that this game won’t be ready until 2015, and hope is not all lost.
The game is set in the future (2077, I assume) where humans can augment themselves with various artificial elements, but at a cost; the more augmentations they have, the more likely they are to clash with their psyche and bring about psychotic fits of rage and violence. It already sounds brilliant.
CD Projekt RED managing director Adam Badowski explained the augmentation idea in a little more detail.
“In 2077 as we imagine it, technology will be so advanced that implants will fit in the tip of a needle, making modification easy," he said.
"The decision to change will therefore be largely aesthetic and ostensibly harmless…when somebody walks around with a chrome hand, it’s not because there’s some underlying technology that makes their hand look like that.
"It’s because they think chrome hands look cool.”
Chrome hands do look cool, as will the “rich arsenal of firearms” that are also going to feature.
“But if you want to have blades because they look cool, go for it,” Badowski said.
“All these elements will make it into Cyberpunk 2077. ‘Style over substance’ is our core theme, after all.”
It is also promised that the game’s world will be vast, featuring primary location Night City and other locations.
There will also be futuristic versions of present-day weaponry, which Badowski says is exactly how weapon technology progresses.
“This reflects an actual trend in firearms development. The Colt 1911 was designed and introduced in 1911, but it’s still used as the standard issue weapon by many military formations around the world," he said.
"Of course, it’s been modified, it’s made of superior materials, but the basic design, the mechanics, are the same as they were a century ago.”
It certainly seems like they’ve put the thought in - take a look at the trailer and let us know how you think Cyberpunk 2077 will turn out? There’s plenty of time to speculate.