Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay reveal? Oh yes… Late yesterday, developer CD Projekt Red of The Witcher fame hosted a live stream on Twitch under the category Cyberpunk 2077. Titled ‘DATA TRANSMISSION IN PROGRESS_’, the stream displayed continuously updating lines of code made up of letters, numerical values, and the odd symbol.
Over 50,000 viewers congregated to the channel to watch the scrolling lines of characters in anticipation of an announcement of some sort. As you’d expect, speculation about what CD Projekt Red was primed to reveal, if anything at all, had fans frantically coming up with possible theories. Some speculated the stream would announce the date of a gameplay reveal or the start of a possible ARG, while others conservatively imagine it is simply to advertise the Cyberpunk 2077 category on Twitch.
At 7pm CEST/ 1am HKT, the stream came to life with a progress bar signalling an upload sequence crawling to 100%. Once there, the stream chat erupted into a frenzy of excited comments as the gameplay demo on show for a select few industry insiders at Gamescom began playing for all to see.
At over 48 minutes, this isn’t simply a teaser, but a full blown insight into the current state of Cyberpunk 2077. It starts with details about V as a customizable character from backstory to cosmetic physical attributes, as well as stats and class. The demo takes place near the beginning of the game and covers a missing person mission with a selection of supporting characters before continuing onto bigger contract involving the bigger players in Night City and more. We experience gunfights, exploration of Night City, enemies, various NPCs (with gritty dialogue hinting at CDPR not taking any short cuts when it comes to instilling the game with a lore appropriate realism), car chases, and the hotly touted dialogue options integral to the RPG element of the game.
There so much going on it would be impossible to cover everything and we, therefore, recommend taking the time to savor the demo for yourself in all its glory. One certainty is that Cyberpunk 2077 is already looking extremely polished and a game of inexplicable depth. We may be jumping the gun somewhat, but the game seems fully deserving of the huge hype it has garnered. CDPR are on the cusp of a milestone in gaming history.