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There Was A Lengthy, Hidden Message From CDPR In The 'Cyberpunk 2077' Trailer

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Cyberpunk 2077

While it was easy to be excited by what was shown in the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer at the end of Microsoft’s Xbox press event, a new, crazy sci-fi world from the developers of The Witcher. And yet fans were a little disappointed there wasn’t more information given about the game from CDPR.

Well, it turns out there was, but blink and you’ll miss it.

During the intro to the trailer when it looked like the Microsoft conference was being “hacked,” there was a lot of text on the screen that looked like nonsense, but if you freeze and enhance it, there’s essentially an entire blog post’s worth of information in there. I have to give due credit to Polygon for finding this and translating it, and it’s there transcription I’m using below.

I would expect this to probably be published online in full at some point, but I’ve scanned over the CDPR site and their social media, and I haven’t seen it yet. So read on for a secret message from CDPR that you almost certainly missed in the trailer, and probably couldn’t have even read if you did know it was there:

Part of the text

“It’s been over 2077 days since we announced our plan to develop Cyberpunk 2077. We released a CGI trailer, gave some interviews and… went dark. Normal procedure for these kinds of things — you announce a game and then shut up, roll up your sleeves and get to work. We wanted to give you the Witcher 3 and both expansions first, which is why this period of staying silent was longer than we planned. Sorry for that.

As soon as we concluded work on Blood and Wine, we were able to go full speed ahead with CP2077’s pre-production. But we chose to remain silent. Why? At some point we made the decisions to resume talking about the game when we have something to show. Something meaningful and substantial. This is because we do realize you’ve been impatiently waiting for a very long time, and we wouldn’t like anyone to feel that we’re taking this for granted. On the contrary — it gives us a lot of extra motivation. The hype is real, so the sweat and tears need to be real, too 🙂

But to the point. Today is the day. If you’re seeing this, it means you saw the trailer. – our vision for Cyberpunk, an alternative version of the future where America is in pieces, megacorporations control all aspects of civilized life, and gangs rule the rest. And, while this world is full of adrenaline, don’t let the car chases and guns mislead you. Cyberpunk 2077 is a true single player, story-driven RPG. You’ll be able to create your own character and… well, you’ll get to know the rest of what show at our booth at E3. Be on the lookout for the previews!

Before we finish, you probably have some questions,

  1. When?

When we told you we would only release the game when it’s ready, we meant it. We’re definitely much closer to a release date than we were back then 😉 but it’s still not the time to confirm anything, so patience is still required. Quality is the only thing that drives us. It’s the beauty of being an independent studio and your own publisher.

  1. How big?

Seriously big, but… to be honest, we have no bloody clue at this point in time. Once we put it all together, we will openly tell you what you can expect. And we promise we’ll do this before we start talking about pre-orders or ask anything of you.

  1. Free DLC/Expansions/DRM

Expect nothing less than you got with The Witcher 3. As for DRM, CP2077, will be 100% DRM-free on PC.

  1. Microtransactions?

In a single player role-playing game? Are you nuts?

Once again, thank you for your patience. If you have a minute, do visit cyberpunk.net and share your opinion (about anything) with us. We read everything you posted we treat it very seriously.

Yours,

CD PROJEKT RED Team”

So, there are a few important highlights to pull out here:

  • CDPR confirms that yes, there is a character creator as they’ve said before, so it stands to reason that the burly bro who looked like the main protagonist in the trailer will instead be your own custom creation. Or perhaps he’s just a really important NPC, I’m not sure.
  • CDPR acknowledges how long this is taking (the first teaser for this game went up five years ago on YouTube), but they want to “get it right” which is why they’re not even giving a release window yet, meaning this game is likely still a few years out, and will almost certainly be on next-gen consoles.
  • No microtransactions because CDPR wants to continue being the beloved developer that has gained icon status in the hearts and minds of fans. But I’m sure there will be massive DLC packs like we saw with The Witcher 3.

A lot to take in here, but an interesting read all the same, and I have to imagine this information will be officially released soon, rather than having everyone rely on reading this secret message.

While I wish this game was coming out tomorrow, I suppose the wait is part of the hype-building experience. But I’m not sure how many more years I can take this, given what we’ve just seen.

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