If you're a fan of open-world RPGs, then you should know that CD Projekt RED, the company behind the Witcher franchise, is working on Cyberpunk 2077. The game was originally teased all the way back in 2013, and a trailer for it was even shown at that year's E3 conference, winning the prize for the best cinematic trailer of the event, but since then things got quiet until recently when the company's representatives stated that it's going to be their most ambitious project yet.
The upcoming title will be an action RPG based on the role-playing tabletop game called Cyberpunk. Although details are still being kept under wraps, we know that the action is going to take place in a dystopian future where humanity has become overly dependent on cybernetic implants. NightCity, the story's location, is a place where technological advancements have taken away people's souls. From what I've read one of the most interesting features of the game will be that not all the characters are English-speakers and if you don't know the language, you will need to rely on a translating implant to understand what they're saying. The quality of the translation will depend on the quality of the implant that you have.
Additionally, the main character will have a digital recording device implant that's called Braindance and that will allow him to experience other people's movements, emotions, and thought processes as if they were his own. Cyberpunk 2077 will offer an extensive single-player campaign, but it's said that it will also include a multiplayer component, a feature that most players are looking for in this day and age. Lastly, judging by its trailer, theme and available images the game is designed for the older audience and it will probably feature at least a Teen rating.
Going back to the company's plans for the game, in a conference call, the head of CD Projekt RED, Adam Badowski, stated that Cyberpunk 2077 needs to even "bigger, better and more revolutionary" than The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If successful, this would be quite a feat judging by the fact that the latest game in the Witcher franchise featured more than 100 hours of game-play and that's without any DLCs installed. Mr. Adam also stated that the developers are working on the project and that they still have time; as far as I'm concerned, not rushing the game seems like a great idea when you're truly trying to create a masterpiece.
Furthermore, the game's timeframe for a launch date is set between 2017 and 2021, so no one can be upset that they don't get to play it on time; however, according to a funding application sent to the Polish government, the company is planning to launch Cyberpunk 2077 in 2019. Finally, the game will be built on the REDengine 4 engine (The Witcher 3 was created on REDengine 3) and Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the original Cyberpunk tabletop game, will be consulting for the project. Hopefully, this upcoming game won't turn out to be a disappointment like Mass Effect: Andromeda or as controversial as Star Wars: Battlefront II.