The team behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is looking to improve upon perfection with its next game.
CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077, which was first revealed many a moon ago in early 2013 and has had minimal (if any) updates since, could very well be the next “game changer” from the studio if The Witcher 3 is any indication.
Regardless of the studio’s past efforts, it’s a little hard not to get excited about the sci-fi romp that is to be Cyberpunk 2077. Just get a load of this trailer:
CD Projekt RED has applied for a number of grants from Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development, and they centre around fascinating gameplay mechanics and features that help piece together the Cyberpunk 2077 puzzle.
The grants are related to technology that the studio is working on, namely a “huge city” the Witcher 3 developer says is “based on rules, AI and automation”. It will also play out in real time.
There’s also a grant for a seamless multiplayer component, which will include matchmaking “and support for different game modes”. We can assume this is related to drop-in-drop-out coop and competitive elements from the likes of Watch Dogs and Dark Souls.
There are also grants for “Animation Excellence” and “Cinematic Feel”, which are fairly vague, although the studio’s application for a grant suggests it is going above and beyond what it was able to achieve in The Witcher 3. That paints a exciting picture.
While the game has existed as an IP for a number of years, full development didn’t start until after The Witcher 3 was completed. CD Projekt RED says more information on the game won’t be shared until 2017.