Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt RED’s first game since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Based on the Cyberpunk pen-and-paper series, this new entry aims to, according to the email that accompanied the trailer, “be true to the essence of the cyberpunk genre.”
Here’s the note from Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED, that also accompanied the release:
The teaser shows how the Psycho Squad might acquire a new member. The Psycho Squad specializes in combating “psychos” – individuals who overuse implants and substances that boost or otherwise alter the human body. There comes a point when they overdose on these innovations, and their bodies start to rebel against their biological body parts as well as against all things organic around them. Simply put, they start killing people, who they now derisively call “meatbags.”
When a psycho goes on the rampage, strange things can happen. There’s going to be a lot of carnage, so the psycho might be taken down by regular police, but they’re not always able to get the job done. When things spin out of control, they call in MAX-TAC (Maximum Force Tactical Division), popularly called the “Psycho Squad”. And these guys are exceptional, these guys are crack troops. The fact that they’re proud of that name tells you a bit about their mindset. They wear a badge with their official emblem on their right sleeve, but their left is reserved for their unofficial Psycho Squad emblem. It’s primitively made and the image itself is on the crude side of things. It’s not unlike a badge special force operators might make and wear to distinguish themselves from the ranks of grunts in any theatre of war…
Personally, I’m glad that one of the many vibes I got from this new trailer was that of Blade Runner. In the world of high tech and low lives, Blade Runner takes the cinematic cake in my mind. Any game to hit on similar themes already piques my interest.
As CD Project RED quips at the end of this clip, Cyberpunk 2077 will be ready when it’s ready. We assume this one will certainly drop for PCs, other platforms remain a question mark.
We’ll have more on this game as it comes.