There’s no denying that Cyberpunk 2077 is probably one of the the most hyped games of all time. We’ve waited six years since that first, tantalising trailer, so it’s no surprise that the E3 reveal has seen speculation about the futuristic title hit fever pitch. With that in mind, here’s our list of five things you shouldn’t expect to see when Cyberpunk 2077 is finally released – whenever that may be.
1. Third person perspective
One thing that really surprised us in the E3 sneak peek of Cyberpunk 2077 is the game’s departure from third person perspective – something we’re very used to from the Witcher series. Instead, you’ll quite literally see through the main character’s eyes, with most of the game taking place in first person.
Of course, not everyone’s happy about the change, but from what we saw at E3, it makes sense – not only is Cyberpunk 2077 is set in a densely packed city, but the first person view allows you to fully experience the augmentations you collect as the game progresses. Plus, the epic bullet bending, wall climbing, time slowing boss battle we watched was the perfect advert for first person perspective.
2. Flying cars
No sci-fi city is complete without flying cars, and Cyberpunk 2077 is no exception, with the E3 trailer showing some rather cool looking cars shooting through the sky. Unfortunately, level designer Max Pears has revealed that they’re basically just for show, saying, “you won’t be able to control flying cars, but they will be used for missions for crucial things”.
Fingers crossed that means you’ll at least be riding shotgun once or twice, since it’s safe to say the bustling Night City looks pretty spectacular from above. Of course, there’ll definitely be plenty of normal driving to be done, and from what we saw, it looks very fun – imagine a dystopian GTA, and you’re probably on the right track.
3. Loading screens
Something else we know won’t be be making an appearance? Loading screens, according to a post from CD Projekt Red’s associate design director Kyle Rowley. In the Cyberpunk Discord server, Rowley said there will be “no loading screens after the initial load into the game”, which is pretty impressive considering the scale and complexity of the world they’re creating.
Supposedly, you’ll be able to access almost everywhere in game, whether that’s the top floor of a skyscraper or the depths of the city’s subways, which, unfortunately, only adds to the theory that Cyberpunk 2077 is aiming for a next-gen release, given the heavy demands of a massive open-world title with no loading screens.
Night City might be a densely populated place, but for now, you’ll be alone there – Cyberpunk 2077 won’t include multiplayer at launch. In an interview, quest designer Patrick Mills said that at the moment, the development team are concentrating on the “single-player RPG experience”, adding “that’s what we want to nail down before we start looking at any of these other things”.
However, they haven’t ruled out multiplayer entirely, with Mills confirming that they are actively exploring the idea both for Cyberpunk, and in general, at CD Projekt Red. For now though, you’ll have to make do with in game companions like Jackie, the bilingual brawler we hung out with during the E3 demo.
5. Ciri from The Witcher
If you’re a fan of the Witcher – and let’s face it, who isn’t – you probably know about the Cyberpunk easter egg hidden in Wild Hunt, which sees Ciri tell Geralt about the time she slipped through the multiverse to hide out in a suspiciously familiar sounding sci-fi setting.
She’s definitely talking about Cyberpunk, right? Well, unfortunately, that’s pretty much all we’re going to hear about Ciri’s time in the city, since the game director, Adam Badowski, has said he’s “totally against” any cameo appearances, despite the desperate pleas of Witcher fans. However, it seems like some of those pleas are coming from inside the team, after CD Projekt Red Co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwiński said he’d like to see Ciri in Cyberpunk 2077, adding “there is a little hope there”. So, don’t lose faith just yet – she might pop up somewhere in Night City after all.
And of course, now that you know what you can (and can’t) expect from Cyberpunk 2077, let us know in the comments what you’re most excited about.