The Cyberpunk 2077 release date has finally been confirmed after years of speculation. You can look forward to playing Cyberpunk 2077 on April 16, 2020, and when you do, you’re going to get to hang out with Keanu Reeves as an anarchist with impeccable taste in eyewear and robotic hands. The actor behind John Wick, Neo, and Ted “Theodore” Logan took the stage at E3 2019 to announce the release date himself, just after the future version of himself was revealed in the latest cinematic Cyberpunk 2077 trailer. And this still isn’t all of the Cyberpunk 2077 news we can look forward to from the show, since developer CD Projekt Red has confirmed they’ll have demonstrations both on the convention floor and behind closed doors.
Cyberpunk 2077 was announced way back in 2012, and the past seven years of news paint CD Projekt’s sci-fi RPG as a behemoth of a game, even bigger than The Witcher 3. Like The Wild Hunt, Cyberpunk 2077 is first and foremost an RPG, quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz said recently in an interview with AreaJugones, with “a strong narrative component” leading its FPS combat. We’re getting our own close-up look at Cyberpunk 2077’s gameplay at E3 2019 and can tell you about that mix of shooting and role playing soon enough.
At E3, we saw a bit more of the metropolis of the future in this extended trailer and in our hands-off demo, where body modification has become an obsession, and you’re an outlaw in the sleazy underbelly of the city.
What is Cyberpunk 2077?
Cyberpunk 2077 is a neon cyberpunk game that has The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red moving from a gritty, high fantasy world to an equally gritty, science fiction world metropolis. It’s based off the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name, but plays a hell of a lot like The Matrix game we’ve always wanted.
We caught our first peek at the game behind closed doors at E3 2018 – you can check out what we saw in the 48-minute walkthrough video below – and all signs point to another big showing at the expo this June.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a game that looks vastly different from its developer’s The Witcher series, with towering neon skyscrapers, bionic enhancements and a focus on vertical movement rather than wide open plains. It’s also all in first-person.
At E3 2019 we learned a lot more about the plot of the game, which features the one and only Keanu Reeves. Reeves plays a character named Johnny Silverhand who’s embedded in a biochip that’s placed in the main character’s brain.
In order to unlock the secrets to the biochip, what basically becomes the main thread of the game, Silverhand will guide you to Alt Cunningham, the most legendary net runner of all-time. The only problem? She’s dead. But her consciousness lives on the web and you’ll need to do whatever it takes to track her down – including, but not limited to, befriending or eliminating leaders of the biggest gangs in Night City.
CD Projekt Red shared a new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer at the Xbox E3 2019 conference, and among other things, it featured a surprise cameo from John Wick star Keanu Reeves. Reeves came on stage shortly after to share more about the game, including the release date we’ve been waiting for. Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on April 16, 2020.
The new trailer itself takes a closer look at the seedy underbelly of Cyberpunk 2077 and features a very different version of V, the game’s protagonist. This V comes across as a brusque criminal wrapped up in some seriously bad stuff, which goes to show how differently you can build your character and how your decisions can impact the game’s story and atmosphere. We also get to meet a nameless kingpin and his hacker henchwoman, who could well be allies or enemies depending on how you play things.
Oh, and again, the trailer ends with a shot of Keanu frickin’ Reeves, whose in-game character looks just like him. Reeves didn’t say much about his role in the game – his main line is “we have a city to burn,” so I’d wager he leans toward the underbelly side of society – but he did discuss his history with CD Projekt Red.
“I gotta talk to you about something,” Reeves said. “A while back, the guys at CD Projekt Red approached me and asked me to be a part of their new project. They were going on and on about how they’d create this vast open world with a branching storyline, how you’d be able to customize your character through in-game choices. It’s not something I knew before, but it’s something I was excited by. I’m always drawn to fascinating stories.”