CD Projekt RED talks about their RPG to follow Witcher 3: Cyberpunk 2077, aiming for a 2015 launch.
I'm telling myself that CD Projekt RED gathered their staff around a large meeting table to read my Open World: Witcher 3 vs. Skyrim article that brought up the various hurdles for Witcher 3 to truly be an open game like Skyrim. Where some Witcher fans read it as an attack on their series, CD Projekt RED was able to see it for what it was, a simple look at the differences between a truly open game and turning a scripted game into an open world. I like to think they declared, "this xaraan guy, he's a horrible writer, but he's onto something here. We might not be able to truly turn Witcher 3 an open game, but we can do that on the game that will follow."
That's what I tell myself. It helps me sleep at night.
In all likelihood, it was planned from the start. A game like Witcher can only be so 'open' being that it's based on a specific character (yes, we know it's from a book fanboys), but a game like Cyberpunk won't have that issue. Cyberpunk comes from an RPG game, the perfect base for a truly open game. It will not only be open world, but will also have character creation, offering players the chance to be their own character as they craft their own story in this futuristic world. According to developer, Adam Badowski:
The first and most important environment for Cyberpunk is the city, obviously. But not only the city: you can expect some more environments in the Cyberpunk game. We want to start in the Night City, which is cool. And yes it will be an open world game as well.
Unlike The Witcher 3, however, Cyberpunk 2077 won't revolve around a pre-defined hero. This means there will be more freedom to the open world, to who you are and to what you can do. We'll have different situation in Cyberpunk. Cyberpunk will have different character classes.
As for the multi-player aspect, keep in mind the game is still in pre-development, so these are more concepts than realities right now, but Badowski had this to say:
It will be a story-based RPG experience with amazing single-player playthroughs, but we're going to add multiplayer features.
He also believes that the more open game experience, with various characters running around an open world setting, will offer more possibilities for multi-player that a game like Witcher wouldn't offer.
Cyberpunk 2077 is still a long ways from launch and the CD Projekt RED team is hard at work on Witcher 3 currently. Once that game launches, you can expect work to push ahead full-force on this project. So far they have a small team working on concepts for the game and like Witcher 3, it will launch on both PC and next-gen consoles. Fans shouldn't worry about the games being dumbed down for console as we've seen the past few years with games. With the next-gen consoles coming out, they should be able to keep pace with average gaming machines for the next few years.
If my imaginings are in any way true, however, and they are gathered around, waiting with bated breath for my advice: For the love of all that is holy, stop with the cutscenes!