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CDP announces Cyberpunk, based on the tabletop RPG

Wednesday, 30th May 2012 18:20 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

CD Projekt has announced Cyberpunk, its new RPG is based on the pen and paper game Cyberpunk 2020.

It’s set in a futuristic world with a degenerated society and like the tabletop game, it will be a mature RPG, set in the series’ “realistic and brutal” world.

Cyberpunk designer and RPG vet Mike Pondsmith has been working on the videogame adaption with CDP for over a year, and took to the stage to talk about the game’s setting.

At the conference, CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski promised players that this game would have all of the hallmarks of the Witcher series with rich detail. It will be a non-linear experience with “a complex and gripping story.”

Players will experience the world through their own, unique characters chosen from different classes – be they blood-thirsty mercenaries or cunning hackers – that they will equip with vast selection of cybernetic implants and deadly weapons. A

As in the Witcher series, players will face morally ambiguous choices, their actions influencing events in the world at large and the fate of the individuals they encounter.

“For over two decades, I’ve been proud to say that Cyberpunk’s been the gold standard of what it means to be a true cyberpunk game,” said Pondsmith. “And it’s been a huge success for me and our many fans, with over 5 million players worldwide. But over all that time we haven’t found the right team to bring our Cyberpunk world to full digital life — until now.

“CD Projekt Red is the team we’ve been hoping for. Their incredible work on The Witcher and The Witcher 2 shows that they share the same dedication and love of great games that we do at Talsorian. I’m especially stoked that they want our participation in making this game a fantastic project that will live up to everything Cyberpunk fans (old and new) have been waiting for. Trust me — this game is going to rock.”

This game will be developed by a new team at CDP RED composed of veterans from the Witcher franchise.

CDP RED Studio also made several Witcher-related announcements during the Summer Conference, such as The Witcher 2 Enhanced releasing on Mac in the fall. It’s a native version, and not a port. The game will also be released in Japan on August 23.

The Witcher 2 has sold over 1.7 million copies worldwide.

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25 Comments

  1. Edo

    To tell the truth I was expecting more(at least more than 1 concept art)but this definitely sounds intriguing and I can’t wait to see more of this promising project.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. barchetta

    Haven’t played table top RPGs since my teens – so 20+ years (gulp) – but this has got my full attention. BR + Neuromancer + CD Projekt sounds like a whole megaton of YES PLEASE.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Moonwalker1982

    Ah damn, i was hoping for some footage :(. And not even any word if this is coming for consoles too.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Neuromancer

    FUCK YEAH !!!!!!!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. wheezal

    it’s not working! i’m throwing my money at the monitor and the game is still not appearing! it’s broke! gimme nao!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Pytox

    omfg :o

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dirk_Dexter

    CD Projekt I love you.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    That’s definitely good news, though i too expected at least some teaser trailer. But oh well.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    I love this developer and their games, but i am not gonna act like this conference was incredible. If anything, it was rather dissappointing. First they go around hyping it up saying they are gonna announce something huge….and then this.

    Don’t get me wrong, no doubt this game is gonna be great, but we dont know much. We don’t even know if its coming to consoles too.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    This is just based on table top rpg right ?
    Still going to be real time like The Witcher ?
    sorry for noob question :)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    That is huge.

    Cyberpunk pen and paper is fantastic. Currently CD Projekt Red are kings of RPG genre in this gen.

    Good luck to them.

    P.S. the thing that i like abut Cyberpunk 2020 that cyberpunk there is dirty as fuck. There are punks, killers and there are a lot of nations including USA, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Africa, Japan and etc that fight each other a lot with giant corporations and there is no such shit like in Deus Ex:human Revolution where cyberpunk is a child’s play.

    There is even Bioware thing ;) i think CD Projekt will joke a lot about that.

    @Payne, it’s going to have the setting and probably pen and paper role playing system. It was good. It’s a videogame so you are good too.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. JB

    Cyberpunk \o/

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    But no doubt this is something to look forward to. All i wanted to hear from them if it was PC only or for consoles as well. We really need this developer for the consoles too.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    So a third person Deus Ex? It’ll have to go a long way to top Invisible War…

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Edo

    @OrbitMonkey
    Setting a trap are ya :) .

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @14,
    “It’ll have to go a long way to top Invisible War…”

    I hope that you are the biggest troll ever right now. I really hope :D

    @13,
    “We really need this developer for the consoles too.”

    No thank you. Consolized inventory in my Witcher 2 was already enough.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. deathgaze

    Somebody better call FASA. CD Projekt ran away with their Shadowrun. Oh, wait… Never mind! Go ahead!

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    This is gonna be so win.

    I really hope they’ve kept the writers they used for The Witcher 2. It’s going to make Mass Effect look like Coronation Street.

    Really, after all the Mass Effect, Human Revolution and Syndicate mediocrity, this is badly needed to rekindle my interest in anything sci fi.

    @11 Sounds like Syndicate to me.

    @14 WHY YOU LITTLE!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @18, no, no, no. It’s completely different. It’s really dirty and it’s basically an utopia where everything is fucked up.

    CyberPunk 2020 has a lot of stories to tell since 1990. Roleplaying Book story starts from Central American Conflict and the fall of South Africa.

    It’s really is cool and dirty and Witcher 2 was dirty. It’s perfect for CD Projekt. There are so much stories to tell that current gen sci-fi RPG games are going to suck a lot no matter what writer there is.

    Setting is awesome.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    “basically an utopia where everything is fucked up.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

    #20 3 years ago
  21. wheezal

    the opposite of a utopia is a dystopia right? thats prolly what he meant.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. roadkill

    @1 1 concept art yes. But IT IS AN AWESOME CONCEPT ART!! :)

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Sadismek

    Insta-buy!

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Hunam

    Cyberpunk > all other forms of punk

    #24 3 years ago
  25. jldoom

    I’d like to see more of this! Haven’t had a chance to play the Witcher 2 but from the videos alone and all the rave comments, it looks spectacular. I’m guessing this will be along those lines as well!

    #25 3 years ago

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