CD Projekt Red is giving us a big glimpse into the world of Cyberpunk 2077, and part of that is showcasing some of the game's awesome-looking combat and shedding more light on how special abilities, weapons, and hacking your enemies' minds work. You can see all the combat sequences revealed in the debut gameplay demo in the video above, which shows everything from a basic mission to a high-level operation and boss fight.
The gameplay was shown on a mysterious Twitch livestream, which started with several hours showing lines of code being typed out on a screen and ended with a look at the open-world RPG. This is the same footage shown to members of the media at both E3 and Gamescom, and revolves around your character, V, travelling to a scavenger hideout to find a missing cyborg. The visit quickly results in a firefight, and your character takes a reflex booster that grants you the ability to a use a bullet time effect, where time slows down but your ability to blast enemies remains the same.
The next combat sequence shows off combat on Night City's streets. In a chase sequence with those same scavengers, your ally takes the wheel while you shoot out their van. It's a pretty impressive scene that really demonstrates Cyberpunk 2077's open-world setting in action.
The most impressive combat sequences, however, are found towards the end of the stream, where CD Projekt Red shows off some of the higher-level abilities and game mechanics. Weapons and weapons mods will be an important part of the game, granting you advantages like being able to ricochet bullets off walls to reach enemies in hiding, smart guns that shoot bullets that track and follow enemies, or Mantis Blades that allow you to tear through opponents and climb walls.
One of the coolest reveals in the footage is a game mechanic where you jack into the brain of your opponent, allowing you to access their network and deploy Quick Hacks that target other enemies connected to them. The demo shows V jamming the connection between one enemy and their weapon, but there are many other Quick Hacks on their way too. The combat comes to end with one epic boss fight that has you battling an enemy in a mech, protected by an autonomous shield.
Cyberpunk 2077 will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but doesn't have a release date. At Gamescom, we discussed some of the best games that we saw during the show, including Cyberpunk 2077, and you can hear more in our Best of Gamescom 2018 feature.