Cyberpunk 2077 Coming Soon… With Keanu Reeves
If you haven’t heard of CD Projekt Red, then maybe you have heard of some of their games. The most popular of these is their series The Witcher. This series has three games and the most recent, The Witcher 3, is said to be one of the best games that has come out for the Xbox One. They are now working on another game, Cyberpunk 2077, which is a much anticipated game to follow up after The Witcher 3. This game is projected to release in April of 2020. Recently, the company spoke on the addition of Keanu Reeves to the game. This has drawn much attention to the game, as well as rumors that this may be a gateway into making a movie from the game, but that is not official.
CD Projekt Red
This company began in 1994 in Warsaw, Poland. CD Projekt Red was originally a video game distribution platform, that has since made the move to video game development. The founders began as video game retailers, before deciding to move up into bigger projects in the industry. They first began collaboration with Interplay Entertainment by translating Western video games into Polish. Interplay began running into financial difficulties, and CD Projekt Red began reusing some of the code to create their own game. This later began the start of The Witcher series.
The company has experienced many financial difficulties throughout the past 20 years. Much if this stems from the amount of time and detail that they put into their games. This causes very high research and development costs, especially if a project is scrapped part way through, which has been the case several times. The good part about this is that the games, once fully complete, are of exceptional quality and craftsmanship. CD Projekt Red has gotten increasingly better and more efficient in their process and it has brought great reward. The Witcher 3 brought in numerous Game Of The Year awards and selling over 20 million copies.
The Witcher Series
This video game series is one of the best open world role playing series to hit the markets for Xbox, Windows, and Playstation. Others come to mind as well, such as Fallout or The Elder Scrolls series, but The Witcher tops the list in my book. What really makes this game stand out is the in-game dialogue. Depending on the choices you make, there are 36 possible endings to the game. You choices build out the future of your character, as well as ingluence the lives (and deaths) of other in game characters. If you haven’t played this game, I highly reccommend it. I waited until 2018 to play it, 3 years after the initial release and I wish that I would have gotten it sooner.
This is said to be one of the most anticipated games of the century. Cyberpunk 2077 is a build up from the 1988 tabletop game, Cyberpunk 2020. The development for this open world game began in 2016, as soon as the Blood and Wine Expansion Content was finished for The Witcher 3. The staff for this game has grown to over 450 employees by last month.
A major part in the development is the partnerships the CD Projekt Red has brought on. One of the larger partenerships is with Nvidia so they can add real time ray tracing, a graphics upgrade that allows for more realistic virtual scenes. They have also partnered with Digital Scapes, a Canadian company, to bring further features to the game. When the game was brought to E3 gaming awards in 2018, it received over 100 awards. At the 2019 E3 awards, it was the most talked about game by far.
The setting of this game an fictional American metropolis in California called Night City. It is controlled by corporations and has constant gang wars and fights for dominance within the city. The gameplay is a first-person, role-playing game, where you play as V, the main character. You can upgrade different stat categories and perk trees as well, which divide up the different types of combat. Similar to other games by CD Projekt Red, the dialogue in the game plays an important role on how the story plays out, with many different endings possible. There are 6 main sections of the city to explore where you can buy apartments, hack into computers, and solve missions. This game is not all about violence though. With recent improvements, it is possible to complete the game without killing a single person.
If you have watched any movie with Keanu Reeves, then you know he is pretty much a badass. From his role in The Matrix, to his signature series, John Wick, Reeves is an intense action, guns blazing, superstar. Bringing Keanu Reeves into a this game is sure to have an impact on the percepetion. The role that Reeves plays is that of Johnny Silverhand and it is only second in dialogue to the main character. Many people also speculate the with Reeves in the game, that there is a good chance a movie is in the making as well. Altough there is no official word on a movie yet, it would be pretty awesome if they did. I mean who doesn’t like to watch Keanu Reeves set his mind, beat up the bad guys, and come out as a humble hero.