CD Projekt has released the very first trailer for slick, sexalicious next generation console RPG Cyberpunk 2077, revealing a post-future world torn apart by junkie empaths, cybernetically modified killers and corrupt mega-corporations. Oh, and they've managed to sneak in a Witcher 3 announcement while they're at it.
"In Cyberpunk 2077, the player will be thrown into a dark future," reads a press release. "The metropolis of Night City is a stage set to tell the tale of one individual, raised on the streets, who tries to lift himself up from the gutter and find a way to survive amongst boostergangs and megacorporations in a city of filth and sin.
"Drugs, violence, poverty and exclusion haven't disappeared by 2077, as people stayed they were for centuries - greedy, closed-minded and weak. But not only ghosts of the past trouble mankind, but new issues have appeared. Psychos go on rampages and the streets are filled with junkies addicted to a new form of entertainment - the braindance, a cheap way to experience the emotions and stimuli of someone else, someone living a more exciting life."
"Braindances are digital recordings of a person's experience," the release goes on. "The viewer can stream a braindance directly into his neural system via special brain augmentations, called a BD player. Braindances allow the viewer to experience all brain processes registered, including emotions, muscle movements and all stimuli perceived by the recording person."
"The range of themes of these recordings varies from simple braindances made by megacorporations, which e.g. allow the viewer to feel the full experience of an explorer with all its thrills, sweats, smells, views, sounds and the real feeling of curiosity that pushes men to go beyond the horizon against fear and physical weakness.
"But there are also more controversial sides of braindance, because some recordings are created illegally in the underground. Entering the mind of a serial killer means not only seeing the monstrosity he performs, but also living his lust to kill and fulfillment."
"If you are thinking about the presence of melee combat, yes, we will have those cool arm implants. Cyber-psychos will also be present. These are people who lost their sense of humanity because of too many cyber-modifications in their bodies.
"We will have aerial vehicles, the Psycho Squad, and all the weapons you saw are our modified versions from the rulebook. I hope that the woman you've seen in the trailer will also be there." Though apparently, she won't be the lead character.
If you're new to Cyberpunk, CD Projekt RED's latest work is based on the pen-and-paper game Cyberpunk 2020. "Cyberpunk 2077 will be an awesome game about a hero from the streets, from very dangerous streets," Kanik explained.
"Raised from the gutter, he uses ultra-modern technology to stand against large corporations and others who exploit the underprivileged. The lonely rider takes his chopper, tech and the slaughter begins. Awesomeness in pure form with an engrossing, non-linear story - like an epic movie."
The footage contains a hidden message, deciphered by NeoGAF, which reads "We are about to reveal our other project which is much closer to being completed, and it will also be a fully open world game with an intense story. You can probably guess the game we're talking about. On the 5th February, it will all be clear."
CD Projekt confirmed to OXM last May that it had two major RPGs in development, one due 2014, the other in 2015. Job listings for the "dark fantasy" project thought to be The Witcher 3 make mention of multiplayer.
Thoughts, everybody? I can't recall the last time I was this impressed by a CGI trailer, myself.