Cyberpunk 2077 And The Burden of Expectations



I think that at this point it should go without saying that Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of 2020. Hell, that’s an understatement if I’ve ever seen one, it’s actually probably one of the most anticipated games of the entire decade, and it’s really not hard to see why.

Developer CD Projekt RED has proven multiple times over by now that they have an unmatched aptitude for developing ambitious games, and by far the best example of that is undoubtedly the masterpiece that is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

That game turned four years old this May, and it’s kind of hard to believe that during all this time not a single title nearly as spectacular as it has been released in the gaming space. Yes, we’ve had some absolute bangers like the new God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Horizon Zero Dawn, but none of them were quite in the same league as the The Witcher 3.

This may be an unpopular opinion I’m sure, but it’s one that I staunchly stand by, because The Witcher 3 is special like few games I’ve ever played.

Everything from the game’s beautiful open world maps, to the fantastic combat and the storytelling is deep and complex, and there’s a level of care that’s been put into creating these that makes the game stand out from any other open world RPG I’ve played before. The impressive way that cities and towns in particular are represented in this game is something I’ve actually briefly written about before here.

Even smaller encounters and quests that could otherwise just have been filler content have been developed with so much love and care that sometimes it’s hard to imagine the time and sheer effort that much have gone into making this game.

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What I’m basically trying to say is that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is phenomenal, and If you’ve played it before, I don’t need to explain why to you. And if you haven’t played it yet, you’re doing yourself a massive disservice. Go play it now.

And because this game is so phenomenal, it has not only set a new standard for RPGs as a whole, but also for CD Projekt RED as a developer. So people really expect a lot from them when it comes to their games, and part of that expectation also has to do with the reputation the publisher CD Projekt has earned in recent years among its fans.

Right now, they are perhaps the most trusted and well-liked Developer and Publisher duo in the entire industry, and that reputation has come about in part as a result of them not engaging in the type of predatory and greedy business practices that a lot of their peers are currently profiting from.

They have also shown a commitment to creating quality products, no matter the time it takes to make them, and have been willing to delay their games in order to ensure that their standards are met.

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So I think that It’s accurate to assume that the burden of expectations on Cyberpunk 2077 is pretty damn heavy. Fans have been speculating and building this game up in their heads for years before we ever actually knew what this game was, and the release of the first demo last year has only added more fuel to the fire. And while it may not be exactly how fans were imagining it to be, since a lot of people were originally expecting it to be third-person, it still looks nothing short of amazing.

Fans, myself included, gobble up every single piece of information the developers offer up about the game, and the release of the new trailer at E3 this year featuring Keanu Reeves has further skyrocketed expectations to an all time high.

I honestly don’t think the hype was ever this intense even for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and that game already had a dedicated fanbase of players that had existed since the release of the first game in the series in 2007.

Cyberpunk 2077 is different because unlike in the case of The Witcher 3, there was no large pre-existing fanbase for the game when it was announced back in 2012. There were a number of fans of the Cyberpunk 2020 RPG who were excited for it, but it was still a relatively lesser known property among the gaming masses.

A large portion of the hype for this game comes from the success of The Witcher 3, and the knowledge among fans that CD Projekt RED is indeed capable of creating fantastic games. They have a track record to maintain, and they seem to be intent on maintaining it.

Another factor however that has contributed to all this attention is the Cyberpunk genre itself, a genre that is criminally underrepresented in the AAA games space. Its gained a lot of attention over the past few years because of this game, and many people have started to dive into the Cyberpunk 2020 Tabletop RPG exactly because of this spike in interest.

And yes, technically the Deus Ex games, which are very popular, are also considered Cyberpunk games, but Cyberpunk 2077 is just realizing the fantasy of living in such a dystopian society much better, and it isn’t even out yet.

I feel like this has to do with the fact that an open-world RPG where players get to create their own character and choose the extent to which they want to customize their own bodies is just a much more appealing scenario in such a genre. That’s my take on it at least.

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And even if it wasn’t for all the expectations and hopes attached to the developer and the genre, the demo that was released last year was a treat in itself. It bought along a new wave of players who had never even heard of this game before, because it just looked that good.

Many newcomers who have been burned by previous E3 demos for other games may be skeptical of it, but longtime CD Projekt RED fans know that the company would not have showed it to the public if it did not look incredibly close to what the final product will be.

Now I’m not one to blindly put my hopes in any company, but CD Projekt is really making it hard for me to not root for them. The game looks amazing, everything we’ve heard so far about it sounds amazing, and Keanu Reeves himself is in the game and he actually has a major part to play in it. What’s not to look forward to?

So am I excited for Cyberpunk 2077? Absolutely.

Do I think it will be perfect? Absolutely not.

Because in reality no game, or any piece of art really, is ever truly flawless, but it can be an absolute masterpiece. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a masterpiece, and I have faith that Cyberpunk 2077 will also be the same.

I desperately want to play this game, and these next ten months cannot go by quickly enough.


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