Cyberpunk 2077 was first announced in 2012 to rapturous interest. With sleek cyberpunk stylings and a dramatic slow mo teaser reveal in 2013, hype for the game has only continued to grow in the years since. Every now and then, we get a new tease or info drop — but how much do we really know about the game so far?
As its November 2020 release date draws closer, we take a look at everything we know for sure about Cyberpunk 2077 and what to expect when it finally releases.
This article has been updated with new information, most recently with details about its eventual release date and enhancements to the Xbox Series X version of the game.
Cyberpunk 2077: Release Date
Let’s start with what we know. Cyberpunk 2077 is a cyberpunk-themed action adventure RPG coming to Xbox One, Windows PC and PlayStation 4 on November 19, 2020. It’s also set for release on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 later in 2021.
The reason for this delay between console generations is a major patch set to enhance the game for next gen consoles. These improvements include sleeker visuals, ray tracing and loading speeds. While not considered a ‘different’ version of the game, this major patch will seperate the two console generations and provide a smoother experience.
In the meantime, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are expected to run on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The game has suffered long delays over the last few years as development expanded and the coronavirus pandemic hit — but it still appears on track for a 2020 release. While these delays are unfortunate, they’re necessary to polish the final product, with CD Projekt Red putting the extra time towards bug fixing and balancing.
An important development update pic.twitter.com/uFGrt9Tqpi— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) June 18, 2020
In a recent update, CD Projekt Red was confident there would be NO further major delays for the title, meaning it’s still on track for its November 19 release.
Cyberpunk 2077: Graphics, PC Specs
We haven’t seen Cyberpunk 2077 at its full graphics potential yet. When media previews were held earlier in the year, graphics were capped at 1080p to preserve performance, so it’s hard to say just how pretty the game will be when it lands on PC and consoles later this year.
With the game destined for modern and next gen hardware, it’s likely Cyberpunk 2077 will push video game graphics to their upper limits. CD Projekt Red confirmed to investors that Cyberpunk 2077 will play on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but the game won’t take full advantage of the next-gen hardware until an optimised patch is released in 2021.
If you’re playing on a PC, you will need a robust gaming computer with support for DirectX 12. The DirectX 12 interface allows developers to maximise video game graphics and enables ray tracing, which Cyberpunk 2077 has heavily promoted.
Most gaming PCs produced after 2015 will have this compatibility so if you’ve purchased a laptop in the last five years, you should be in luck. Otherwise, it might be time for an upgrade.
Cyberpunk 2077: Setting, Story and Characters
Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in Night City, a sprawling urban megalopolis located in future Northern California. Players take the role of V in the game, a customisable protagonist who can join one of three lifepaths to determine their journey through the game’s world. As a Nomad, Street Kid, or Corporate V players will embark on various missions tailored to their V’s backstory, available weaponry and character choices.
While each V will have a different introduction to the game based on these lifepaths, their overall goal is the same: to travel through Night City and obtain a rare implant that can bestow immortality. This is the description of the game’s main story listed on Steam, but it’s important to note we haven’t seen much of this story outside of short snippets and teases.
The game takes very strong inspiration from the tabletop RPG on which it’s based, but how much this story will impact Cyberpunk 2077 is unknown. If you’re keen to know more about the lore behind the TTRPG, PCGamesN has a full rundown of the original game and every important character to know.
One of the most important Cyberpunk 2077 characters is Johnny Silverhand, a punk rocker presumed dead after launching an attack on the headquarters of banking mega-corporation Arasaka.
Johnny Silverhand will appear in Cyberpunk 2077 and he’s played by internet sweetheart, Keanu Reeves. He’ll appear as a ‘digital ghost’ voice in V’s head and guide them through Night City. While not much is known about Silverhand’s major role in the game’s story, it appears he’ll be a prominent character as he’s said to have more voice lines than any other NPC. You’ll also have a small segment of the game from Johnny’s point of view, as revealed one of the Night City Wire episodes. (See from 12:24 below.)
Outside of Johnny Silverhand, various trailers and tidbits have revealed more of the game’s main cast.
This includes terrifying Arasaka borg Adam Smasher, V’s friend and confidant Jackie Welles and braindance hacker Judy Alvarez. Each will have an important part to play in the game’s story but the scope of their roles, like the main plot of the game, is largely unknown.
Cyberpunk 2077 is playing its story cards very close to its chest, so it may be we only discover what the game is really about when it actually launches.