The new Cyberpunk 2077 release date is less than a month away, and we already have plenty to celebrate. We got to go hands-on with the game, and after spending 16 hours in Night City, we never want to go back. Until Cyberpunk 2077 arrives, we can keep ourselves busy watching the new trailers that go in-depth with the history of Night City and Johnny Silverhand, one of its most prominent citizens (who also happens to live in your brain and be played by Keanu Reeves).
Before that, CD Projekt Red gave us our first look at Cyberpunk 2077 running on consoles with a 10-minute video that swaps back and forth between the Xbox Series X version and the Xbox One X version. They both look good, but it’s hard to resist the pull of those Xbox Series X graphics. Especially since it’s going to look even better once the free, dedicated next-gen upgrade arrives next year!
The video’s especially encouraging since the latest delay was largely done to make sure the game performed well on last-gen consoles; the Xbox One X version is looking good. It does leave you wondering how well it will run on the appreciably less powerful hardware of Xbox One S, but hopefully it won’t be too much of a drop off.
Cyberpunk 2077’s release is set for December 10
Cyberpunk 2077 was originally set to be released on April 16, then it was pushed back to September 17, and then November 19. The official Cyberpunk 2077 release date is now December 10. CD Projekt Red says the extra three weeks will give it more time to make sure the game runs well on all of its supported platforms, especially since working from home has made the quality testing process more time consuming.
Cyberpunk 2077 story trailer sets up your first job
Your first big score in Cyberpunk 2077 sets the scene for the rest of the game, and this trailer sets the scene for that score. In a tight two minutes you’re introduced to your jolly (and extremely overconfident) friend Jackie, your new employer Dex DeShauwn, and your mission: score an experimental chip from the biggest corporation in Night City. Sounds simple, right? As we’ve already seen previously teased, things go very wrong, but the exact way things go down is still a secret – and will probably depend on how you play. However it happens, you’ll be spit out into Night City, ready to start your climb to the top with the digital ghost of Keanu Reeves trapped in your head.
Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer is coming, eventually
Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer was one of those rumors that flitted in and out of the realm of probability, based on grant applications with the Polish government and a few developer comments. It finally slammed right into the realm of “confirmed but not scheduled” in early September, as CD Projekt Red says it plans to add “some multiplayer action” to the game after it puts out some free DLC and other single-player content. Later, it confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer was going to be a huge addition to the game – we probably shouldn’t expect it to arrive until 2022 at the earliest.
Cyberpunk 2077 DLC will be Witcher-like
Before multiplayer comes around, you can expect Cyberpunk 2077’s DLC model taking a similar path as The Witcher 3. That means there will be a good amount of free updates that add onto the game in the weeks and months following its arrival, and after that there will be bigger – likely paid – expansions that expand the world while moving V’s story in new directions. At least, that’s what it sounds like so far. CD Projekt Red could always change its mind on the details, even if we have a pretty good idea of the big picture.
Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay is first-person and very slick
We got a fresh infusion of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay in August 2019, but you can still go back to the extensive preview CD Projekt Red first showed off at E3 2018. Cyberpunk 2077 uses a first-person perspective to put players firmly in the boots of a low-level gun-for-hire on the futuristic streets of Night City, and it also works well with the game’s penchant for fast-paced gunplay. That said, 2077 is far from a straight first-person shooter: dialogue bleeds seamlessly into exploration, hacking and engineering skills can get you all kinds of places you’re not supposed to be, and there are even a bunch of non-lethal (or just non-gun) options for fighting. Plus, there is still a bit of third-person during scripted cut scenes and driving around the city. Keep in mind that everything we’ve seen so far is subject to change, but it’s all very promising.
Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements are surprisingly modest
The wait for Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements is finally over, and if you were worried that good PC performance would cost you an arm and a leg, it’s encouraging news. CD Projekt Red released both minimum and recommended system requirements at the end of its third Night City Wire broadcast, and they’re not bad at all.
Here are the Cyberpunk 2077 minimum system requirements.
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 10
- DirectX Version: DirectX 12
- Processor: Intel Core i5-3570k or AMD FX-8310
- Memory: 8GB
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD Radeon RX 470
- Storage: 70 GB HDD (SSD recommended)
And here are the recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements.
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10
- DirectX Version: DirectX 12
- Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
- Memory: 12GB
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 Fury
- Storage: 70 GB SSD
Cyberpunk 2077 character creation is broad
You’ll be able to create your own character as soon as you start playing Cyberpunk 2077. You’ll be able to customize V’s face and body in the usual cosmetic ways, but you’ll also be able to make some choices that influence the story as well: your character’s gender presentation will change things a bit, moreso the background you pick for them. And there are no pre-defined classes, but you will be able to allocate your skills and abilities as you prefer. You can continue to refine and customize your character in the game proper by installing Cyberware to do all kinds of things; a few examples include augmentations that boost your reflexes or give you better tactical awareness in combat.
Cyberpunk 2077’s setting is Night City
There’s no other place like Night City. Located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco (where the city of Morro Bay is in real life), its six districts span the socioeconomic spectrum from opulence to abject poverty. At the shining top is City Center, where the biggest corporations compete to make the most showy headquarters possible. At the grimy bottom is Pacifica, a distant part of the city that has been partially abandoned and overrun by gangs. In between are the industrial district of Santo Domingo, the tourist-friendly Westbrook, the affluent suburbs of Heywood, and the dense tangle of life and commerce that is Watson. Each zone will span a decent chunk of horizontal real estate, but CDPR says vertical exploration will be just as important. You’ll need to go floor-by-floor if you want to discover every corner of Cyberpunk 2077’s world.
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