Cyberpunk 2077 Gets A Teaser Trailer – New Plot Concepts Revealed
CD Projekt RED have revealed the first teaser for their upcoming open world RPG Cyberpunk 2077, alongside some additional information about the game world.
The trailer sadly does not show any in game footage nor clues as to when we can expect the title to hit the stores. But as the genre is a far cry from the developer’s previous The Witcher games, it does give plenty of reveals as to the artistic direction of the game. It also introduces psychos, a group of people who have overused body altering implants and substances to the extent that they go insane and start murder rampages. Due to their significant alterations, a specialised branch of the police has been set up to deal with this threat known as MAX-TAC (Maximum Force Tactical Division), popularly called the Psycho Squad. The video shows the squad acquiring a new member, possibly an ex-psycho.
As well as the video, the Cyberpunk 2077 forums were fired into life yesterday and more interesting background information was posted by the developers:
The world of Cyberpunk 2077 presents a grim vision of the future. Tech advancement went hand in hand with the decay of society. Body augmentations invented to serve society simply multiplied the problems, and sometimes lead to mayhem on the streets. New inventions led to addictions and poverty became an even larger problem.
In Cyberpunk 2077, the player will be thrown into a dark future. The metropolis of Night City is a stage set to tell the tale of one individual, raised on the streets, who tries to lift himself up from the gutter and find a way to survive amongst boostergangs and megacorporations in a city of filth and sin. Drugs, violence, poverty and exclusion haven’t disappeared by 2077, as people stayed as they were for centuries – greedy, closed-minded and weak. But not only ghosts of the past trouble mankind, but new issues have appeared. Psychos go on rampages and the streets are filled with junkies addicted to a new form of entertainment – the braindance, a cheap way to experience the emotions and stimuli of someone else, someone living a more exciting life.
Braindances are digital recordings of a person’s experience. The viewer can stream a braindance directly into his neural system via special brain augmentations, called a BD player. Braindances allow the viewer to experience all brain processes registered, including emotions, muscle movements and all stimuli perceived by the recording person.
The range of themes of these recordings varies from simple braindances made by megacorporations, which e.g. allow the viewer to feel the full experience of an explorer with all its thrills, sweats, smells, views, sounds and the real feeling of curiosity that pushes men to go beyond the horizon against fear and physical weakness. But there are also more controversial sides of braindance, because some recordings are created illegally in the underground. Entering the mind of a serial killer means not only seeing the monstrosity he performs, but also living his lust to kill and fulfillment.
You haven’t experienced the latest New Hollywood recording? You’re nobody! The streets live with braindances, everyone just got crazy and wants to be a part of this new entertainment fad. Some people push it even too far and they cannot stop living other people’s lives. If you’re not linked to a braindance right now, you are probably discussing what happened to you during your last session. Of course, just like every great new cultural movement, BDs have people who criticize them. Just watch these two guys arguing about this phenomena [pdf | doc].
This is the world of 2077. The gap between high and low is bigger than ever. Drugs, violence, braindance, psychos on the loose… Will you be able to function in this defunct society or end up a BD-junky with nothing left, set aside like garbage – still living someone’s else life – not aware of what’s going on around you? Whether you like it or not – this is the age of braindance decadence; this is Cyberpunk 2077.
The pdf/doc link shows an interesting battle of opinions regarding braindancing, and should make for an interesting part of the world, potentially even a gameplay feature.
According to the video, Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming “when it’s ready”… which always gives me a nasty flashback to 3D Realms’ and Duke Nukem Forever.