This spring, Polish developer CD Projekt Red announced their next RPG, this time based on the Cyberpunk pen and paper RPG property. Yesterday, finally, came the formal announcement: CD Projekt Red is working on Cyberpunk 2077.
Working with Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith, CD Projekt Red will create a “multi-thread, nonlinear story designed for mature players,” according to the press release, which will take place in Night City. CD Projekt Red describes the game as having a sandbox nature with mechanics inspired by the pen and paper system upon which the game is based.
Talking about the atmosphere they are trying to create, the press release not only mentions Cyberpunk itself but also name-drops Blade Runner and William Gibson’s Neuromancer novels, the instigators of the cyberpunk genre.
In a blog post at the new cyberpunk.net website, the team goes into the difficulties of adapting a pen and paper game to the video game medium. Hinting at one possible mechanic, the post talks about the “Wardrobe & Style” skill from the pen and paper game:
The Cyberpunk® 2020 “Wardrobe & Style” skill governs the knowledge about the right clothes to wear, when to wear them and how to look cool even in a spacesuit. As you can see, this skill covers quite a big area of lore and can be interpreted differently, depending on the situation and the players. In Cyberpunk 2077 this skill has to be tied to a specific gameplay mechanic. And all of these mechanics have to be clearly defined so they can work well with other elements of the game and, at the same time, be easy to understand for the player. After all, we don’t have a referee or game master to explain or interpret the rules as you go.
They add that they do have some ideas on how to implement that skill but they’re not ready to say anything yet. They also mention that they are working closely with Mike Pondsmith to get the feel of the game right, even if they do have to drop a few skills and elements here and there.
CD Projekt Red isn’t ready to announce any sort of release date, but we’re definitely looking forward to hearing more from them.