The wait is finally over. If you've been looking to find out why those lucky journalists have been raving about Cyberpunk 2077 since E3, a video of the demo has finally been released. Enjoy 48 minutes of gameplay right here. It's not safe for work.
The demo starts with a brief look at the character creator, with a binary male/female option to start with followed by a bunch of customization options — both visual and stats-related. For the purposes of the demo a female character was chosen. The action then skips to an early mission in which the protagonist, V, infiltrates a gang hideout in pursuit of a missing woman. During this sequence we are introduced to a bunch of combat options and semi-destructible environments.
Next, we see V strolling through Night City and its impressive crowd technology, followed by a meeting with an important fixer. V then gets some bionic upgrades from her Ripperdoc before we get a look at driving in the open world in both first and third person. After a tense interaction, we see how the next mission can play out non-violently thanks to V's decisions — well, up to a point. During the final showdown the developers unlock high-end upgrades from the later game to show off more of what V is capable of.
One thing to bear in mind — throughout the video we are reminded that this is a very early work-in-progress, something re-iterated by CD PROJEKT RED's Head of Studio Adam Badowski:
"What we’re releasing today was recorded from a game deep in development... everything’s pretty much still in the playtest phase and we felt uneasy about publicly committing to any particular design. Animation glitches, work-in-progress character facial expressions, early versions of locations — all this made us hesitant to release what you’re about to see."In other words, don't trust too much in what you've just seen. Cyberpunk 2077 is still awaiting official confirmation of platforms and a release schedule.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Cyberpunk 2077 trophies.