Since Cyberpunk 2077 was announced almost a decade ago, it has enjoyed eight years of hype. The hype for the Cyberpunk 2077 only intensified as more trailers and gameplay was released in 2019. Even with COVID slowing down more game shows, like E3 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 was still able to build up hype through online events showing more in-game footage. With a studio like CD Projekt Red, the developers of The Witcher series, behind Cyberpunk 2077, it seemed this first-person open-world science-fiction title would enjoy an endless honeymoon phase. Unfortunately, concerns about Cyberpunk 2077 are finally starting to surface.
Despite winning numerous awards from the Best Video Game Trailer at the Golden Trailer Awards in 2013 to the Most Anticipated Game at the 2019 Golden Joystick Awards, it is not even in our hands yet. The hype behind Cyberpunk 2077 was mostly because the original Cyberpunk 2020, was a relatively popular tabletop roleplaying game. It also helps to be the studio behind the wildly popular Witcher series. Cyberpunk 2077 created plenty of hype with a teaser trailer in 2013 before going quiet for a couple of years. The hype only intensified as they recently began showing more and more gameplay, but the studio may be setting themselves up for their own downfall.
So far, Cyberpunk is looking really good, but that’s what many said about The Witcher 3. The Witcher 3 looked terrific in trailers and gameplay demos, but the final product suffered a bit of a downgrade in quality. People are worried the same fate will befall Cyberpunk 2077. Graphics aside, the gameplay mechanics look amazing. There’s going to be a roleplaying aspect that allows players to completely customize their characters from their looks to their skills.
Some fans worry that the Cyberpunk series moves away from its roleplaying roots to be just another typical first-person shooter. Fortunately, the developers have confirmed the game is a roleplaying game first, a first-person shooter after. Despite the game looking like it is only a first-person shooter, there will be melee combat for those who don’t wish to run around with high-powered weapons. The developers even stated they will make sure there are improvements to the melee combat. It’s a relief for those who felt the melee combat in Elder Scroll’s Skyrim left a lot to be desired.
Players will have detailed and deep character customization. Any dialogue decisions the player makes will affect the gameplay experience. Similar to other single-player roleplaying games, the choices of dialogue has a direct effect on the story.
Despite some fan concerns that Cyberpunk 2077 is too ambitious and might stray from its roots, it looks like CD Projekt RED has everything under control.