CD Projekt Red had their first episode of Night City Wire for their upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 and the demo highlighted one of the new gameplay mechanics in Braindance. livestreamed on their official channel, CD Projekt Red gave us a new trailer, announcement of a joint effort T.V. show in the works, and a section of gameplay highlighting the unique world of Night City and the cyberpunk genre.
The show started off with a new look into Night City, the main hub of where the game takes place, which is a sprawling city in the deserts of California occupied by various different factions and gangs all vying to be the top dog in Night City. Also, as stated in the livestream, this trailer is basically the prologue or intro to the city and is there to initialize you into the world CD Projekt Red has crafted. Along with that intro to the city, one of the districts was briefly mentioned by one of the devs, that being the Badlands. While there are six unique districts in the city, the Badlands is the seventh and surrounds Night City. The Badlands is a baren desert that encapsulates the city and looks to favor the driving gameplay for Cyberpunk 2077.
Another interesting announcement in the livestream was the partnership between CD Projekt Red, Studio Trigger, and Netflix to bring an anime within the world of Cyberpunk 2077 to life. Announced to be coming sometime in 2022, look to further experience the world of Night City and the cyberpunk genre in hand-crafted animation.
Lastly, we were able to see some gameplay of Braindance, a unique function where you can “see” into the mind of another and fully experience what they are. Being set in a cyberpunk future, everyone is enhanced, and one of these enhancements allows a user to digitally enter the mind of another and play back scenarios of that user. In the demo it’s used to see a robbery gone wrong, and not only can you simply “watch” what goes down, but you have full control of the scene. You can rewind, fast forward, go into third person, listen to background noise, or hack any tech in your eyesight; Braindance lets you do it all. The best way to explain it is like you’re in a video editor and your tasked with dissecting the scene. It was very neat and lends itself perfectly to the world created and to cyberpunk as a genre.
While that was all that was showcased toady, there will be more episodes of Night City Wire in the upcoming weeks and probably until release. Unfortunately the wait for Cyberpunk 2077 will have to be a bit longer, as the game was delayed once again recently with the new release date being November 19, 2020. Some good news however was the reassurance that if you own the game on Xbox One or PS4 you will get a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X or PS5 versions upon release of the next-gen consoles.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the most hyped games this generation, with the wild success of their previous game the Witcher 3:Wild Hunt garnering critical acclaim and huge financial success the classic tabletop RPG of Cyberpunk 2020 is in good hands and its predecessor is shaping up to be a one of a kind game. Following the massive hype from last year’s E3, in which the trailer showed off none other than Keanu Reeves, who he himself has starring in some of the most popular cyberpunk-esce movies, many are anticipating Cyberpunk 2077 as a masterpiece. I do hope it lives up to the expectation, but these recent developments have been reassuring that hopefully this game could be a masterclass in storytelling, role playing, and unique gameplay. Again, look for Cyberpunk 2077 on November 19, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5.