I know that I wrote in a post that people shouldn’t get aboard the hype train too much because that’s where insane crunch like the 100 hour work weeks at Rockstar comes from, but I can’t help it! This game has me on the line, and every piece of news that comes out is magic to me. I’ve watched the 48 minute gameplay demo 1000 times by now. I hang on every detail. I could go on about it for days. But there are a few things that really catch my eye. Things that I cannot get out of my head. Now, I know that I’m some rando WordPress blogger who once aspired to legit journalism, so the chances of getting these answered if virtually nil, but I’m gonna put them out there and see what, if anything, comes back. Here are my top 10 questions about Cyberpunk 2077.
10. How is shopping with street vendors gonna work?
I couldn’t help but notice all the vendors in this game. There was a pizza place, a guy selling defective equipment, but there is one in-particular that caught my eye – the dude selling vinyl albums. Can I buy from that dude?! How about pizza dude? How much of the vendor culture am I gonna be able to interact with? There was a bit where a dude is trying to sell you a camera, and you had the ability to say yes. Does that mean that all sorts of people selling all sorts of stuff is gonna be open to the player? Oh, and speaking of the vinyl…
9. Are you gonna be able to have a playlist at home?
Assuming that you can buy some of those vinyl albums, can you make your own music setup at home? How many kinds of music will be represented? I wanna make my character a pretentious net-runner, so some electronic or spin on classical would be rad. Thinking Deadmau5 would go well in this universe, or some ATTLAS for the quieter moments. Their style seems absolutely perfect for the kind of game that this is.
8. How much of the character’s back-story are you gonna be able to make?
During the intro to the gameplay demo, you saw that there is a personal history section. In the pen-and-paper RPG days, you could fill in the backstory. So my question is, since you have made very clear that you are keeping it as loyal to that old-school system and mythos as you can, how much can I put in? I mean, the options probably have to be limited, since otherwise you’d have games crashing under their own complication, but I want to know. And while we’re on the topic of the mythos…
7. Will there be an in-game codex for the lore?
I REALLY wanna be able to learn about the history of this game. One of my favorite things in the Mass Effect games (at least the first three good ones) was the codex. Anytime I wanted to learn something new about the world, the aliens, the tech, I could look at the codex and study. Hell, everyone’s favorite part of the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC was reading the random entries about all the characters. Will I have such a thing in the game itself? I saw that we have a computer. Will it be there? Oh, which is a nice segway to…
6. When will we get to see the computer?
Given the HUD and how stuff all seems to be there, I’m curious how the computer is going to be integrated into the game. On the touch-screen gizmo on your window, you could check your messages there. How is this going to work? Cyberpunk email sounds kinda fun. Not to mention, give me a place I can go and pour over the codex while listening to my music and you have me all over your game. No joke, I will learn everything there is to know.
5. How will relationships work in this game?
I saw in the trailer that V wakes up with a rando dude. Way too much facial hair for my liking, but whatever floats her boat. I notice that you didn’t seem to set up taking the dude to bed? Since I am probably gonna have a bi character (true to myself), am I gonna have some sort of way of interacting when I want them to come over for a booty call? Not to mention, is the game gonna choose for me as this seemed to when that happens, and with whom? You’ve said that interactions with the people are gonna be broad, but in terms of this, I am looking for some specifics.
4. For those who wanna play quiet, what will the options be?
As previously stated, I wanna be a net-runner, and would prefer to have a play style where I can talk my way out. Don’t get me wrong, violence is fun, and getting to have crazy weapons to do so sounds great. In another play-through, I probably will have a character who is all about shooting everything until it’s dead. But starting out, I wanna be able to play the clever character with tech being my first line of defense. With that in mind, I am curious to see what the play styles will be and what kinds of upgrades I can do in order to play that way.
3. Is there gonna be some kind of system to keep track of the player’s relationship to the various factions?
You’ve talked about how what you do is going to leave a mark in the various factions of the game. That’s great! I loves it. Get me some Fallout: New Vegas action going on in manipulating allegiances. But I am curious to know if there will be a system of some kind to keep track of where I stand with various elements of the city, if at all. Like those creepy Maelstrom gangers and the Corpo pieces of shit that I will be undercutting. My net-running is gonna be used against them in a big way. I love the idea that what I do will change the way the world interacts with me, but it would be nice to have some sort of way of knowing where I stand with X group before I have a mission where I have to interact with them.
2. How is the katana gonna work?!
I couldn’t help but notice that when you go into the armory in the game, one of the slots that is available is for a goddamn katana! Wants! But that got me to thinking – since this is a first-person game, how is it going to work with that? Genuinely curious. First-person blade weapons has been a HUGE area of hit-or-miss throughout the years. I’m more than a little curious what your take is going to be. Not to mention, can we upgrade the blade? Make it all electric like Raiden’s from Metal Gear Rising? Since I wanna be a net-runner, with a focus on being quiet and stealthy, big guns don’t do much for me. But this caught my eye.
1. When am I gonna be able to download that song by Johnny Silverhand?!
Please, for the love of Groj, tell me that some of the music in this game is coming to iTunes. It would genuinely disappoint me if it wasn’t. That song featured in the trailer is part of the reason I am hooked. I wanna let my inner punk go nuts to that! I get the feeling that Johnny Silverhand might be my “Personal Hero” character, though Blackhand is in the running. I know who those characters represented are. I’ve been doing my research on the source material. So yeah, when can I get my hands on that song?!
So yeah, those are my questions. Gonna send these over to CD Projekt RED and Cyberpunk 2077‘s Twitter pages and see if I can get a response. Not holding my breath, but you never know. I got Focus Home Interactive to respond to me with my First Take on their new game, A Plague Tale: Innocence. So maybe I can with these guys too. I’m a firm believer in the rumor that the game is coming out in 2019, with all they’ve said about making sure it’s optimized with current consoles, it would have to. 2020 is gonna be the beginning of a new generation. What are your questions? Let me know in the comments. If I can get a response from them, I will definitely keep you posted.
Until next time, a quote,
“Got the chrome in the bloodstream
Got a hot red metal soul,
I’m out looking for action,
Guess I’m on a roll.” – Johnny Silverhand, Cyberpunk 2077