Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay, storyline, release, trailer, review
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One of the most looked forward games of 2020 is the highly-rated Cyberpunk 2077.

Currently, it is in the development phase with a Polish gaming design studio, CD Projekt.

It is a role-playing video game in Night City, California, a dystopian open world split into six distinct regions. 

Cyberpunk 2077 will be published by the same gaming studio handling its game designs, CD Projekt, who also published the hit game “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”.

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” won the Game of the Year award back in 2015.

Hence it is unsurprising the gaming world anticipates the release of Cyberpunk 2077 with high expectations. 

Here’s what you should expect in the game, including insight into the game’s storyline, gameplay, and release.

Cyberpunk 2077 Storyline

In the Free State of North California, United States, exist a megacity known as Night City.

The city bows under the control of corporations, unassailed by the laws of the state.

The tussle for dominance among intemperate city gangs and its ruling entities is a common occurrence. 

Daily city tasks such as the collection of the waste dump, city repair maintenance, and public transportation are handle by robotics.

The ruling class, the corporations, as well as the army, manages and controls the internet. 

Homelessness is a major cataclysm in the crime-infested Night City.

However, it doesn’t preclude cybernetic modification for the poor, resulting in cosmetic addiction and consequential violence. 

The armed force known as Psycho Squad deals with all kinds of law breaks and violence.

Trauma Team handles rapid medical services.

The constant and conversant threats of physical danger in the city lead to the permission of citizens to publicly possessing firearms.

Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay

The open-world creation centers around Night City, which consists of six regions.

The regions are City Center (Corporate life) Watson (Immigrant inhabited), Westbrook (Luxury neighborhood) Heywood (Suburbs), Pacifica (Gang infested), and Santo Domingo (Industrial).

Surrounding areas around these regions are tagged the Badlands and can be explored. 

Through a first- or third-person perspective, the character V is able to plot-through these surrounding areas on foot or vehicles.

Autonomous vehicles allows V to engage in gun duels more easily. Passerbys are susceptible to a vehicular collision.

If V commits a crime, law enforcement is likely to be aware, depending on its location; otherwise, V is a free bolt.

There are in-game radio stations to listen to that adds to the gaming fun.

Non-player characters in the game behaviors are affected by the game’s full day-night cycle and weather.

The metropolitan night city features non-English-speaking characters.

However, communication with these characters is made possible via translation with special implants. 

Character V owns an apartment and garage in the game, which serves as a weapon store.

Branches dialogues allows for communication with NPCs as well as actions in quests.

Game characters called fixers fix up quests. Main quests are avenue for experience points to be obtained and fuel stats.

Side quests reward “street cred,” skills unlocked, vendors, places, and additional quests. 

If a quest is failed, the game goes on.

However, the protagonist’s death leads to the end of the game and a large display of “Game over” message.

Depending on the player’s choice, the game would result in different outcomes. 

During the game, V is aided by different companions or game characters. Consumables in the game, such as soft drinks are health boaster.

Several minigames such as hacking, auto racing, boxing, shooting ranges, and martial arts further liven the fun from playing Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 Character V

Playing from a first-person perspective, players will step into the role of a customizable mercenary V.

In that role, a player will be able to assume three character classes, which are the Techie (machinery), NetRunner (hacking), and Solo (combat).

These three character profiles branches into melee, blades, handguns, shotguns, rifles, sniper rifles, hacking, two-handed combat, assassination, “cold blood,” athletics, and engineering. 

To enhance and acquire various cyberware implants, like black markets offering military-grade abilities, the character V needs to contact a “ripperdoc”.

A color tier system highlights the scarcity of any given equipment.

V’s physicals allow him to take cover, aim, jump, run, and slide when necessary.

Close-combat weapons can be used for dealing with melee strikes. 

The game features three types of ranged weapons available to the character, all of which are customizable—power grade weapons, tech weapons that can pierce through walls and enemies, and smart weapons with homing bullets. 

Four kinds of damages can be wreaked and countered against in the game; physical, thermal, EMP, and Chemical, although the game can be completed without shedding blood via the non-lethal options for weapons and cyberware.

A gunsmith is responsible for repairs and upgrades of weapons.

Cyberpunk 2077 Release & Trailer

Official Trailer

Cyberpunk 2077 first stormed the media in its first announcement in May 2012.

The following year a teaser trailer was released.

It was confirmed that it would be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One at E3 2018 upon release, which was yet unknown as it is under the development phase. 

August 2018 saw the release of the second trailer and pre-alpha gameplay demonstration and media-exclusive after its appearance at Gamescom.

At E3 2019, after a third trailer display, the initial release date of April 16, 2020, was scheduled.

However, this was later postponed to September 17 following the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently November 19, 2020. 

The multiplayer is set to launch later than 2021.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners would be granted access to free download of the game upon its release.

2021 will see the game’s availability on next-generation ports.

At E3 2019, a second gameplay demo was shown to the public and Gamescom attendees.

E3 2020 was reportedly canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore, the fourth trailer prior to the game’s release had to be streamed online.

Standard edition pack provides the base game.

The collector’s edition comprises a custom box, a statuette of the character V, a steel book, a hardcover art book, a metal pin set and keychain, embroidered patches, and world compendium, postcards, map, stickers, and a Visitor’s Guide to Night City. 

The standard edition, if pre-ordered, comes with the compendium, postcards, map, and stickers.

Digital items that come with both the standard edition and collector’s edition includes the soundtrack, Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook, wallpapers, art booklet, and Cyberpunk 2077 voice comic. 

Warner Bros and Interactive Entertainment will be responsible for the game’s distribution in North America.

Bilkom will act as publisher in Turkey.

Bandai Namco Entertainment will see it published in twenty-four European countries and serve as distributor for Australia and New Zealand.

Spike Chunsoft will be responsible for the physical PlayStation 4 copies publishing in Japan.

What About Future Downloadable Content (DLC)?

Developing game studio, CD Projekt Red confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 would bear gaming similarity to The Witcher 3 in its DLC experience.

The Witcher 3 was famous for its heavy amount of DLC contents to depth and fascinating storyline.

Therefore, there are likely to be expansion packs offering additional quests that make the story more intriguing. 

There would be additional outfits, vehicles, and weapons available for purchase in the game.

With the multiplayer set to launch likely in the coming year, Cyberpunk 2077 no doubt would be a hit in the gaming industry upon its release.

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