When Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED released the first gameplay demo, fans got their first look at the game's weapons systems. However, while the demo was just over 48 minutes long it merely scratched the surface of what players can expect from Cyberpunk 2077's combat.
During an interview with a French publication (via Google Translate), lead cinematic animator Maciej Pietras offered a little more insight on what Cyberpunk 2077 will offer. Pietras revealed that there are several different weapon types and combat systems and that these will be defined by the character class that people choose and the skills that players choose to upgrade.
The animator added that there are advantages of using a weapon "depending on the increase of the skill chosen for your avatar." Thankfully, the character class system is fluid and allows people to pick a different one later on. This should mean that players aren't locked out of those weapon advantages (throughout the entire game, at least).
Pietras also detailed some of the different weapon types and their abilities. There are the powerful weapons with boosts that offer ricocheting bullets, smart weapons with auto lock (honing bullets), and melee weapons such as the mantis blades or the katana which weren't featured in the gameplay demo.
The animator explained that the mantis blades allow players to not only kill enemies in hand-to-hand combat, but players will even be able to climb walls with them. CD Projekt RED has previously detailed the verticality of Night City, where the game is set, including skyscrapers full of activities for players to complete. It sounds as though the mantis blades will help players take full advantage of height.
Additionally, Pietras referred to the combat system as being "systematic," meaning that players will be able to choose and use weapons according to the situation that their character is in. The animator declined to share more about this, though, as it is "too early to talk about it" but stressed that there are several ways to take down enemies in the game.
While this fresh information about Cyberpunk 2077's combat systems is interesting, for fans, it may raise more questions than answers. It just highlights the fact that there is a huge amount of things that fans don't yet know about the game and that the release date isn't the only thing worth speculating about.
Cyberpunk 2077 is in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.