Although Cyberpunk 2077 was announced nearly 8 years ago, the hype around the game and what it represents has reached an all time high. CD Projekt the developer of hit 2015 action role-playing game The Witcher 3 will be trying to outdo themselves, and just about every single player RPG. Even with the recent delays to the games release, the importance of delivering an experience with truly open ended gameplay and story is possibly the most precious and sought after idea for gamers and developers.
For those that don’t know what an immersive sim is, it is a type of game that puts players’ choice at the forefront of the experience and delivers on that through emergent and open-ended gameplay situations, coupled of course with story and characters that react to your choices in a believable world (simulation). It is often thought that through the achievement of a perfect immersive sim, players will become fully invested and absorbed into their new believed self and world.
With past immersive sim games, the story and gameplay choices, or even upgrades were always somewhat disconnected. Take one of the early entries in the genre, Thief, or even Oblivion or Skyrim, you can have gameplay variety in customization, and even include emergent gameplay systems. However, the story and missions were always the same for the most part.
Now even though the game is releasing on consoles and PC, and not VR, this does not discredit it as an immersive sim. But I do presume one day CD Projekt will release a VR mode. But that is secondary to providing what could be one of the biggest traditional game releases to date.
You see Cyberpunk is not just a game it is an entire genre of science fiction dystopias. Something that a lot of people especially in 2020 want to explore and escape to, because in Night City, you can make sense of it all. The capitalists, criminals, celebrities, and street rats all can exist in this future of body modification, customization and crime. But don’t make me tell you about the game, you can watch the trailer.
With a star like Keanu Reeves in the cast, and CD Projekt’s track record, it’s hard not to have high hopes for the game, especially after what was probably 8+ years of development. As a developer, I am definitely looking forward to what Cyberpunk 2077 has in store for it’s players.