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Cyberpunk 2077 At E3 2018: What We Know And Want

The next game from The Witcher studio CD Projekt Red may finally get shown off soon.

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E3 promises to bring news on lots of big games, and CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely one we're excited to learn more about. While it is not confirmed to be at the event, signs are pointing to some kind of reveal in June. In this feature we're rounding up important details about the game like what we know about it so far, what's confirmed for E3, and what we hope to see from the game at the show. Here we go!

What We Know So Far

Cyberpunk 2077 is the next game from CD Projekt Red, the creators of the Witcher franchise. Announced six years ago this month, Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG that is at least loosely based on Mike Pondsmith's tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020. The game is set in a "dark future" of 2077 where advanced technologies have become both "the salvation and the curse of humanity." The game promises a nonlinear story designed for "mature" players and is set in the metropolis of Night City. According to CD Projekt Red, it will have some sandbox elements and a form of multiplayer. At the same time, CD Projekt Red has taken steps to stress that Cyberpunk 2077 is a "true RPG" and definitely not a multiplayer shooter. Platforms for the ambitious-sounding RPG have not been announced, but the game is expected to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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What's Confirmed For E3

We know that CD Projekt Red is attending E3 2018, but we don't know yet in what capacity. A listing on the official E3 website suggests that CD Projekt Red is bringing a PS4, Xbox One, and PC RPG to the show, but this doesn't confirm anything specifically about Cyberpunk 2077. Oftentimes developers will attend E3 for business meetings or to show their games behind closed doors. We're surely hoping to see and learn more about Cyberpunk 2077 at E3, but unfortunately nothing is locked down at this point.

What We Hope To See At E3

The signs are pointing to some kind of Cyberpunk 2077 reveal at E3, so we hope to at the very least see a proper trailer for the RPG. The only video released so far was more of a mood piece that raised more questions than it answered. So it would be great to see a more in-depth trailer, while a gameplay reveal would surely go far to drive up hype even more around the game. As of yet, we don't even know what kind of world and experience Cyberpunk 2077 will offer, and a new trailer could go a long way towards helping players understand what to expect and get excited about.

It would also be good for CD Projekt Red to clarify the game's online mode during E3. Studio management has said the game's online elements will help ensure the game's "long-term success," which some took as a signal that there might be microtransactions. Whatever the case, CD Projekt Red could quell these concerns--and further excite fans--by revealing details on how they plan to approach multiplayer for Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red spent more than a decade working on games with swords and magic, so it is refreshing and exciting to see the studio enter the sci-fi space with Cyberpunk 2077; we're excited to see and learn more at E3.

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