‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Confirms Two Different Showcase Demos For E3 2019
We already know that Polish studio CD Projekt RED - the makers of the Witcher series and the forthcoming Cyberpunk 2077 - are gearing up for their most important E3 ever. "We have prepared strong shows," was the messaging they put out, back in March; and now, we know that Cyberpunk 2077 will get two different shows, depending on who's looking at it.
Marcin Momot, global community lead for CDPR, took to Twitter to explain how the game will be showcased at this year's industry gathering in Los Angeles - which, for the third year, is also open to the public.
He first confirmed that gameplay presentations will not be hands-on affairs for attending media - much like last year, the sessions will be watch-as-a-dev-plays situations, which may disappoint those who sat through 2018's appointments.
To answer many questions about the demo and whether or not @CyberpunkGame will be playable at E3 -- we are going to be hosting gameplay presentations (game played by us) in that cinema.- Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) May 23, 2019
Later, he confirmed that there will be two different presentations - one for press and one for the public.
Won't go into details now but these showings will be different.- Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) May 23, 2019
Hopefully the footage shown to press at E3 will become public later in the year, as this was the case in 2018, while the public footage will likely be circulated online during E3 itself. I saw the 2018 presentation at Gamescom (it was the same one shown at E3), and came away impressed, even though the game was very much in an early build state. It definitely had some... issues, which I don't wish to detail here for fear of derailing the story's point, but, yes: overall, I was impressed, and am looking forward to seeing how CDPR has further refined its game since.
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With CDPR promising a big year at E3, it's fair to assume there might be something Gwent-related in Los Angeles, and maybe something more from the Witcher universe in the wake of late-2018's Thronebreaker spin-off.
And regarding the whole hands-off element, it's worth remembering that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was previewed in a similar way until very close to its release (I went to a hands-on event a few months before it came out, but so far as I know it was always show-and-tell 'til then).
Probably don't hold your breath for a Cyberpunk 2077 release date, though - while there have been some rumours suggesting it's coming out this year, a console generation-bridging release in 2021 has a more likely ring to us.
Just how hyped are you for Cyberpunk 2077? Do you think it can live up to the high expectations placed upon it? Will it feature any crossover with the Witcher series? Let us know - we're on Facebook and Twitter (and now Snapchat Discover!).
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