CD Projekt RED just opened a major floodgate of gameplay footage for Cyberpunk 2077, showcasing nearly an hour of previously unseen in-game action that gives us our best look yet at the workings of the Witcher developer’s hugely anticipated dystopian RPG.
With the caveat that everything we see is subject to change, the studio let loose with all kinds of new goodies: Cyberpunk 2077’s robust take on the character creation tool, playthroughs of missions from start to finish, a look at how quest assignments are seamlessly integrated into the gameplay, and — crucially for gamers spoiled by the processing power of current-gen consoles — the near-total elimination of anything that resembles a loading screen.
With violence, swearing, and male and female nudity aplenty, this is one trailer that’s definitely NSFW. Proceed with caution — and maybe grab a snack first:
Among lots of other goodies, the clip demonstrates seamless transition between cinematic third-person scenes and first-person gameplay, and shows off an impressive (though no doubt fractionally small) portion of Night City — the game’s northern California metropolis that feels a whole lot like Blade Runner on stimulants.
An eagle-eyed Reddit member happened to snag an image that flashed on the screen near the trailer’s end, revealing a semi-hidden message from CD Projekt RED thanking fans for their patience and feedback, and cautioning that the game’s still “deep in development” and that the clip likely isn't “what we'll end up with at launch.”
Keep plugging away, CDPR — we’ll wait. Cyberpunk 2077 has no announced release date, and could land anytime in 2019 — or, perhaps, beyond.
PS4 owners will be able to get their hands on the final Nazi zombie bundle this week, when Call of Duty: WWII releases the fourth and final installment in its undead alt-history with the Shadow War add-on.
The DLC will land with one last story mission, “The Frozen Dawn,” that promises to wrap up the zombie storyline in a quasi-supernatural fashion that’s well outside the franchise’s typical guns-and-bullets wheelhouse. The add-on pack also will come with three new multiplayer maps named to suggest their setting ("Airship," "Chancellery," and "Excavation"), as well as a mission titled “Operation Arcane,” which takes the Allies on a raid into a hangar where the bad guys are hoarding some powerful extraterrestrial tech.
PS4 owners get first access to the timed exclusive beginning Aug. 28. Activision hasn’t yet revealed when Xbox One and PC owners can get their hands on Call of Duty: WWII — Shadow War, but, like the bundles before it, it's definitely headed to both platforms sometime soon.
Finally, here’s a tease for something that’ll never happen — although we really wish someone at Square Enix would surprise us. Owlboy creator Simon S. Andersen’s latest diversion doesn’t involve a game of his own; rather, it’s this nostalgia-peppered video showing his dream of the never-made sequel to Chrono Trigger, one of the Super Nintendo’s most successful and enduring RPGs.
The clip imagines what Squaresoft’s stillborn final sequel in the Chrono series, the never-made Chrono Break, might have looked like, and coupled with the killer MIDI scoring from composer Jonathan Greer, it gives more than a few of us some serious feels.
“I had already known for years I wanted to explore a hypothetical sequel to Chrono Trigger, Cross and Radical Dreamers, but it took me a full year until I figured out how I wanted it to look,” Andersen explained in his YouTube post. “…If the sequel that was planned years ago was revived, this is likely how I would do it.”
Sadly, there’re no plans for a game based on the lapsed Chrono Break idea. At least we have this love letter to a franchise that, along with Final Fantasy, gave tons of western fans an unforgettable 16-bit introduction to the magic of JRPGs.