One cyberpunk door is closing, but another is getting closer to opening
Way back in 2013 CD Projekt Red was getting ‘close’ to finishing the highly anticipated The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt. Fans of the game were clamouring for any morsel they could get.
Then this little nugget dropped with the title reveal of the next project CD Projekt Red.
I love the cyberpunk genre as a whole. Growing up, the role-playing Cyberpunk was my second RPG campaign. Burning Chrome was a constant travel companion. It’s numerous short stories meant I could carry one book, and have a variety of things to (re)read constantly.
After seeing the improvement in basically everything from The Witcher to The Witcher 2, I was already happy that the Cyberpunk license had ended in the hands of this amazing company. Back then, I was already preparing myself to get The Witcher 3 on PC to finish the trilogy as it began (and the upgrades to the PC to handle it!) as well as double buy on PS4.
The thinking was simple – how will they handle consoles? Only one way to find out!
Fast forward a little over five years, and I was watching the XBox E3 Presentation WAY too early in the morning and preparing to go to work. There were things that raised my eyebrows, and things that I looked at with a ‘meh’ attitude.
At the end of the XBox presentation, as Phil Spencer was closing out the event, the sound of Archive’s ‘Bullets’ began and the screens and lighting glitched.
On the screen a DOS Prompt flashed, and the directory changed to HAX. Then, someone entered ICBRK.exe.
This was all done slowly, milking the atmosphere for all it was worth. Then, some hacky looking code scrolled up.
**UPDATE: It has been found since these were actually working giveaway codes for complete versions of The Witcher 3, including all DLC!
Once everything had ‘loaded’, it was time for the new teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077.
It’s still not gameplay. It’s ‘just’ another teaser.
But the world building is starting to be shown. The snippets of player choice suddenly gel with the world displayed on a screen. CD Projekt Red has already said that the world of Cyberpunk 2077 will dwarf that of the Witcher 3, and the information on the setting is starting to give clues how this could be.
I can’t wait to play Cyberpunk 2077. Like everyone else though, I will have to though. Ah well, patience isn’t a lost art. Just one I wish I didn’t have to practice so often 🙂
Until next time,