Cyberpunk 2077 - Release Date, System Requirements, Gameplay Trailer
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Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of 2019-2020 and might just be the hottest release since Red Dead Redemption 2. A vast interest to the game is fueled by the success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the previous title of CD Projekt. The new game is set in the same multiverse as the previous one: Gerald’s ward Ciri described a world where “people had metal in their heads, waged war from a distance… and everyone had their own flying ship.”
Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date
The game was first announced at the end of 2012, and it has already been in development for more than 6 years since. In 2013, the developers shared a CGI trailer with a futuristic shootout outlining the tone of the game.
Then CD Projekt kept a long silence about Cyberpunk 2077 up until the summer of 2018 when the first gameplay footage was revealed to the public. The developers didn’t share the release date back then, but it was clear that the company is very close to the finishing line.
Since the earliest creations in the form of The Witcher (2007) CD Projekt positioned itself as a company which is unafraid to take time developing games to make them as good as possible (a trait many modern developers lack). In the case of Cyberpunk 2077, we might have to wait a while longer, as it can launch any time between the Autumn of 2019 and the end of 2020. If you want to know the most likely date of Cyberpunk 2077 release, we would call the Spring of 2020 the safest bet.
The release could be postponed due to the turn of console generations. This year Sony and Microsoft are expected to reveal the new versions of PlayStation and Xbox, and many developers would like to halt their game releases until it happens. The release date of Cyberpunk 2077 might be revealed this summer at E3.
Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay
When The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came out, players fell in love with the game for the beautifully directed story, brilliant characters and, of course, fantastically thought-out and polished gameplay. As I’ve mentioned before, during E3 2018, the developers shared 48 minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage, which gives a pretty good idea of what the game looks and feels like.
Shooting in Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 is not a peaceful game where you need to make money by doing mundane activities. Just the Witcher protagonist, you will have to face and fight evil and fight it often. Instead of the silver sword, this time your primary weapon is a high-caliber pistol. Access to the cyberware gadgets and stimulants can help you in battles, increasing accuracy, slowing time and giving other perks (not unlike the Witcher potions).
Cyberpunk 2077 Open world
According to CD Projekt, in Cyberpunk 2077 players will be roaming through an open world which has both similarities and differences with Grand Theft Auto V. According to the lead cinematic animator, Maciej Pietras, who gave an interview to JeuxActu, each element of the open world is hand-crafted and not procedurally generated.
He also mentioned that the game is riddled with buildings, which makes it hard to establish a metric comparison with the world of The Witcher 3.
Cyberpunk 2077 Storyline (plot)
The events of the game take place in the year 2077 in a place called Night City. Players take up the role of a protagonist named V, who is a male or female, depending on your choice. The developers took great care to preserve the main foundations of Cyberpunk, which are lowlife and high-tech.
Be prepared to dive into the filthy and drug-infested streets, where the inhabitants of the poorest districts wear mechanical implants. Throughout the game, the protagonist will be trying to break out of the lowest classes of society and make a name for him(her)self.
Since it’s CD Projekt, expect a rich, open-ended storyline and a vastness of side quests that can impact the main plot.
Cyberpunk 2077 System Requirements
When CD Projekt released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015, it raised the bar for what a gaming PC should consist of, and a similar scenario can happen now as well. Also, keep in mind that the game might become one of the first new generation console releases. After the demo at E3, a community manager Alicja Kozera shared the specs of the machine, used during the exhibition. Here they are:
- CPU: Intel i7-8700K @ 3.70 GHz
- MB: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
- RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V, 2x16GB, 3000MHz, CL15
- GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
- SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB M.2 PCIe
- PSU: Corsair SF600 600W
These are very impressive specs, and it takes several hundred dollars to assemble such a beast of a machine. For those who can’t boast such luxurious specs, the good news is that the demo was shown in 4k resolution, meaning that a weaker machine should handle the game at 1080p just fine.
Here are the likely system requirements for a system to run Cyberpunk 2077 at comfortable 40+ fps with 1080p resolution:
- Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
- System Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Storage unit: 128GB SSD
If you have these specs, you must be safe, though, as mentioned before, with CD Projekt all bets are off — this studio doesn’t like to compromise.
Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
This is the last official available trailer of Cyberpunk 2077, it shows off the beautiful Night City with people from different classes of society, impacted by the future technologies, poverty and violence. The motion design team of CD Projekt made great guesses as to how people of such society would try to entertain themselves — through VR headsets, bot-fights, futuristic drugs and again, violence.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a beautiful game, and we can’t wait to play it.