Although CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 is still almost a year away, the developer has been generous in sharing tons of information as to what players can expect in the upcoming game. A few weeks ago, CD Projekt Red explained how character creation would affect gameplay, and now the studio revealed that it wants players to experience as much freedom as possible in Cyberpunk 2077.
The game's story director, Marcin Blacha, explained that player freedom is not limited to the story alone. Instead, the studio wants players to be fully immersed in every single aspect of Cyberpunk 2077's gameplay, such as dialogue, movement, weapon choices, interaction with NPCs, character creation, and much more.
"We try very hard for players to always have a say in what's going on," Blacha explained in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine. The dev also revealed that to ensure complete immersion, the game won't have loading screens unless the player uses fast travel, and the ability to move or look around during cut-scenes and dialogue will also be included.
Player choice is also manifested greatly in Cyberpunk 2077's romance system. CD Projekt Red previously hinted that the game would feature more romantic options, and would include modern approaches to sexual relationships such as one-night stands, and the ability to pay for sex.
The ability to choose a religion to associate with is another element where CD Projekt Red wants players to have a say in. While the possibility of backlash and controversy arising from the game's inclusion of religion is inevitable, the studio said that it is committed to bringing an authentic real-world environment, despite possible criticism.
It is interesting to see how CD Projekt Red's prioritization of player freedom would enrich the overall experience in Cyberpunk 2077. While the upcoming game shares some similarities with The Witcher franchise especially in its gameplay progression, it is evident that Cyberpunk 2077's defining characteristic lies in its ability to let players experience the game the way they want to. Luckily, players would be able to catch a quick glimpse of Cyberpunk 2077 in action soon, via a live public demo that will be showcased at Gamescom 2019 this August.
Cyberpunk 2077 will release April 16, 2020, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.