Current Cyberpunk 2077 build is playable from start to finish, developers reveal

There's still development time left as the team irons out bugs, works on final assets, and more.


There's a Cyberpunk 2077 live stream going on and, while we're not completely sure what's going on over there just yet, we do know one thing regarding this highly anticipated open-world RPG: It is playable from start to finish. There's still a lot of work to be done, but this is an exciting milestone for a game that could usher in the next generation of first-person open-world experiences when it launches.

At Gamescom 2018, Engadget reports via IGN, CD Projekt Red showed off another gameplay demo for Cyberpunk 2077 behind closed doors. It's largely the same demo shown at E3 2018, but now includes a katana that can deflect bullets with a magnetic field and also shows off a character creation screen. At the start of the experience, at least in the current build, players will be able to choose their gender, appearance, and backstory fill with traumatic events from their past. The demo also shows off Night City and night, as the previous publicly released trailer happened entirely in the daytime.

"We knew how to create beautiful scenery in the night in Night City, like awesome Blade Runner terrain aspects," Borzymowski said about the original trailer. "But creating Cyberpunk as an open-world game with a day and night cycle, we knew we would have to build Night City in a fashion which will look cool in the daylight as well. This was a bigger challenge to us than night, and we just opted to go with that and make a trailer in daylight, which pushed us farther."

Borzymowski also shared that, after six years of development, the game is playable from start to finish. There's still a lot of development left as the team playtests, fixes bugs, and works on Cyberpunk 2077's final assets, but the framework is in place. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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