With a simple tweet, CD Projekt RED kicked off a storm of internet excitement yesterday. The Witcher developer has been quietly working on their upcoming cyberpunk RPG project for years without a peep. But that silence was broken by a single tweet from the long inactive Cyberpunk 2077 let out a single "*beep*" leading many to speculate that an announcement was imminent.
Announced all the way back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 has long remained an enigmatic project. A teaser was released in 2013 claiming that the game would release "when it's ready." At one point an early build was stolen from CD Projekt RED and the thief attempted to extort the developer for money in exchange for not leaking it to the world. The developer refused to pay saying that, "the documents are old and largely unrepresentative of the current vision for the game."
Here's what little we know of CD Projekt RED's foray into cyberpunk. Cyberpunk 2077 is based on the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020 that was developed by legendary designer Mike Pondsmith, who will also be contributing to CD Projekt's game. It will be an open world action RPG with a heavy emphasis on a single player campaign as well as a multiplayer component. Those two systems are expected to interact in some way. It will be running on REDengine 4, a new in-house engine that improves on the game engine that powered The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The action will take place in a sprawling urban environment called Night City and follow a group of people called Psycho Squad who recruit dangerous people and entities for a mysterious purpose.
In a funding document spied by Game Zone, the developer estimated that Cyberpunk 2077 might release in 2019, though given how ambitious CD Projekt RED's previous titles have been it might be more realistic (and perhaps thematically appropriate) to expect a 2020 release.
Whatever the eventual release date, renewed Twitter activity certainly seems to indicate that we will be getting more information on the game sometime this year.