Following the massive success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, players have been eagerly awaiting more information on CD Projekt RED's next major title, Cyberpunk 2077. Beyond the game's first gameplay reveal last year, most details arrive from interviews, Tweets, or other events the developers take part in outside of the normal studio marketing. The latest reveal comes from similar means and confirms a feature that was briefly mentioned earlier in 2018. In fact, based on what players now know, there won't be much that'll force players to restart the game very much at all during a playthrough.
While fielding questions in a recent game-related podcast, Cyberpunk 2077 quest designer Philipp Weber confirmed that the only way players will see a Game Over screen is if their character dies. The reveal came after Weber answered a question regarding the dumbest thing a player can do in the game. In his example, the player decides to go to a restaurant to eat a burger rather than chase down a target for a mission they were on. Worst-case, the target eventually dies but instead of forcing the player to restart at a checkpoint, the world moves on, the complex consequence system is activated, and the story evolves.
What's interesting to consider about this style is that players could conceivably reach the endgame of Cyberpunk 2077 in any number of ways and failing to do something or make the correct choice still results in the game moving forward. While players can still likely make life in the game very hard for themselves if they continue to make mistakes or fail quests, the game would never enter an unfinishable state. This design philosophy could lead to some very unique experiences for players and is the antithesis for some other recent open world games like Red Dead Redemption 2, which typically featured very scripted story missions with multiple fail states if the player went outside the bounds of what the developer wanted.
Without a solid release date or much information to go on outside of that impressive gameplay demo from last year, rumors have begun to be more prominent around the internet. Outside of the possibility of Lady Gaga joining the cast, the latest opinion is that Cyberpunk 2077 could be a cross-gen title. The belief stems mainly from Board of Directors member Adam Kiciński, who suggested that the studio would consider a cross-gen release if the opportunity ever came up. That very well could be the case as it's widely believed that both Microsoft and Sony are both preparing to announce next-generation consoles this year.
Cyberpunk 2077 has yet to receive an official release date, but is expected to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.