CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 stole the show at E3. The 50-minute gameplay demo shown behind closed doors wowed the lucky few who had the opportunity to see it. The trailer shown at the end of Microsoft’s press conference was the most viewed E3 trailer by a wide margin according to a rough count of YouTube viewings reported by PC Gamer. Digital Foundry’s technical analysis confirmed the verdict delivered by your eyes. The trailer is an awesome visual feast.
In my report on Digital Foundry’s analysis, I pointed out that we don’t know what machine the trailer ran on during Microsoft’s show. We also don’t know whether the trailer was pre-rendered on a more powerful computer before being played back on a game engine. CD Projekt Red has clarified both of these issues with regard to the demo.
As reported by The Dark Side of Gaming, CD Project Red Community Manager “Alicja” stated on the official Cyberpunk 2077 Discog server that the demo ran on a PC with an Intel i7-8700K 3.70Ghz CPU and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video card.
Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and co-CEO of CD Projekt Red talks about the build in an interview with Jason Schreier for Kotaku Splitscreen. Iwiński says the demo was a “real build”. Here’s the relevant portion of the interview (edited for clarity).
The demo, it’s not a demo-demo in terms that it’s a(n) artificial piece of content created for the purposes of the show. That’s actually a build of the game… actually, surprising it is a real build so we didn’t fake anything here and actually we had a lot of… we didn’t start these conversations but we had a lot of feedback like that in the previews by people actually noticing that certain things . . . do not look pre-rendered or fake.
Iwiński also talks about Cyberpunk 2077’s development, bringing the game to Gamescon, Gwent, and expanding to China among other things. The interview is well worth your time if you give it a listen.
Information about the demo is not the same as information about the trailer but given that the demo and the trailer both blew people away, the fact that the demo was a working build run on a high-end PC is a very positive sign. At this stage of the game it doesn’t look like Cyberpunk 2077 is targeting next-generation consoles. CD Projekt Red has gone to great lengths to upgrade The Witcher 2 and 3 for the Xbox One X and there’s every reason to believe they’ll do a next-gen upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077 if the game initially releases on Xbox One and PS4.
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