If there’s an RPG developer more highly regarded than CD Projekt RED in the industry today, I honestly don’t know who they would be. Both The Witcher and its sequel, Assassins of Kings received some pretty stellar reviews from the critics (including here and here at RipTen), and, more importantly, scratched an itch that hardcore PC gamers had for quite some time. When they announced their upcoming title, Cyberpunk, not long before this year’s E3, CD Projekt were definitely in the spotlight. Since then, we’ve heard pretty much nothing about the upcoming RPG.
From the sounds of it, CDPR is looking to true to both their own style of development, as well as the pen-and-paper RPG that Cyberpunk is based on. Keeping the role system from the original game, and mixing it with the complex, driven storytelling that we would expect of them, CD Projekt is intent on creating a game where the character customization is strongly tied to the plot. Of course, that means that customization will be key, and Momot has confirmed that, unlike Geralt in The Witcher games, Cyberpunk will allow for more freedom with character customization. Things like the protagonists statistics, equipment and implants will be fully customizable, but, (perhaps oddly) Momot never specifically stated that gender would be one of the elements players would have a choice in.
With some artwork from the game hopefully on the near horizon, (Momont is a bit ambiguous in his response on this one), we can only expect more details to be revealed as time passes. With inspiration drawn from the likes of William Gibson, Blade Runner, and Ghost in the Shell, a futuristic cyberpunk setting, and the name of one of the best up-and-coming developers in the industry behind it, Cyberpunk is definitely a title worth keeping your eye on. If you want to check out the full Q & A transcript, you can head over to CDPR’s community website, and don’t forget to keep your browsers tuned here, since, as always, once we know more, we promise you will too.