Computer builders out there know what it means for a computer to POST – that satisfying beep sound when a computer completes its ‘Power-On Self Test’ for the very first time. Do androids and cyborgs POST too?
After four years of silence, the Twitter account for Witcher dev CD Projekt Red’s next game, Cyberpunk 2077, seems to be booting up. In a post on Wednesdayy, it kept it short and sweet:
— Cyberpunk Game (@CyberpunkGame) January 10, 2018
The asterisks around the text indicate that the post is not so much a word but an action.
CD Projekt Red has been around for years, but the release of the Witcher III: Wild Hunt moved them from independent European game dev to big-time AAA studio. Anticipation for their next project has been through the roof. The excitement was already high when the first teaser hit back in 2013, and has only increased since. Exactly what this tweet means remains to be seen. It’s possible, however unlikely, that CD Projekt Red is just doing a goof and wants to see all of us react to it.
More likely, though, is that the studio is getting ready to make an announcement of some kind in the relatively near future. The Witcher III released in May of 2015, and the final expansion, “Blood and Wine,” released a year later in May 2016. Cyberpunk 2077, then, has been in some kind of development for five years since its 2012 announcement, with development starting to shift over two years ago. They’ve been full-steam-ahead on the game for at least a year and a half at this point. It’s about time for the studio to show us something and maybe even give us a timeframe for when we might see the game actually booting up on our computers and consoles.
The tweet isn’t a promise of news, but CD Projekt Red has been burned in the past by showing a game too soon. The Witcher III‘s first showing was a small vertical slice of the game with the graphics cranked way above what computers at the time could reasonably do, and while it still looked great at release, there was a noticeable visual downgrade. If the dev is talking, then they probably have something to say. Keep your eyes peeled.