Cyberpunk 2077's 48-minute gameplay demo finally revealed to the public

After a cryptic pre-stream, the world finally gets a look at the upcoming open-world RPG.

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It turns out the cryptic pre-stream on the official CD Projekt Red Twitch channel was leading up to the reveal of a 48-minute gameplay demo for Cyberpunk 2077 that has previously only been shown behind closed doors. The demo is from Gamescom 2018 and includes a few changes from the E3 2018 demo. 

After the livestream, the CD Projekt Red team sent out this message from the game director for Cyberpunk 2077:

“What we’re releasing today was recorded from a game deep in development.” — says Adam Badowski, Cyberpunk 2077 Game Director and CD PROJEKT RED Head of Studio. “Since many of the assets and mechanics in the current version of Cyberpunk 2077 are most likely to be modified, we initially decided to show this gameplay only to media. Elements like gunplay (both in terms of visuals and how RPG stats influence it), netrunning, car physics, or the game’s UI — 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.”

“However, we are also well aware that many of you want to see what the media saw.” — adds Badowski. “Although this is probably not the same game you’ll see on your screen when we launch, we still decided to share this 48-minute video with you. This is how Cyberpunk 2077 looks today. Let us know what you think!”

We also learned today that Cyberpunk 2077's current development build is 100% playable from start to finish. There's still a lot of work to be done, but we can see the game was even pretty far along in the gameplay demo above.

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    August 27, 2018 10:17 AM

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      August 27, 2018 10:36 AM

      OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cyberpunk 2077 streaming live! Thanks for the heads up guys this made my morning :)

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      August 27, 2018 10:41 AM

      Ok, this was already high on my must have list, I think it just went straight to #1. This looks incredible.

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      August 27, 2018 10:43 AM

      I want to watch it so bad. But I don't want to watch it so bad. Just release the game. I don't know if I can handle a media blackout for another year or two or whatever :(

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      August 27, 2018 10:48 AM

      I'm playing through Der_Witcha 3 for the first time right now so CDPR already have a lot of stock in my book. I may have to pre-order this just to support them, especially if they're releasing DRM-free still.

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      August 27, 2018 12:15 PM

      sweet baby CyberChrist!

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      August 27, 2018 12:40 PM

      This strikes me as a pre-emptive marketing warning to Ubisoft, to not bother making another Deus Ex for years to come; like they are staking out the cyberpunk sub-genre.

      I felt no empathy for the main character in this demo, which is the primary attraction of Jensen's DX run, so that's what I'll be looking for in future C2077 info-dumps. This video was filled with details on gadgets & weapons; good, but I want more 'human interest' which the DX:HR & DX:MD marketing campaigns put a huge effort into (you could argue MD had too much HM marketing).

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        August 27, 2018 2:18 PM

        Yes, this definitely has a Deus Ex feel to it. And that's a good thing. But you're right, there didn't seem to be any human interest elements in this video, and based on what we saw, I wasn't having any warm and fuzzies towards the PC either . Just a good time girl and her partner trying to make a living in the corporate/street life of the future. But then, it was only a single quest. Hopefully there will be some kind of story, although the narrator seemed to imply quite a large amount of game direction shaping from seemingly minor decisions. It's difficult to build any kind of deep story arc with that kind of freedom to change things. I wonder if the background you choose for yourself during character creation will have any effect on story direction. I also wonder if I'll even be able to play this thing on my current rig. Talk about a lot of NPCs wandering around that city, whew!

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          August 27, 2018 2:56 PM

          I only played a little of the modern Deus Ex but it seems to me they could still keep the franchise alive by going all Tom Clancy with it, and make it highly tactical gameplay with a lot of political factions and a plausible real world conspiracy theory bent, like classic Deus Ex, maybe even with a squad.

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            August 27, 2018 3:05 PM

            In other words, promote Deus Ex as the “hard sci-fi” alternative to the “fantasy” or “arcade” Cyberpunk for CP2077.

            This way there will be room for both and might even refresh the audience for Deus Ex.

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        August 27, 2018 2:58 PM

        Why warn ubisoft?

        • rms
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          August 27, 2018 3:43 PM

          Eidos/SquareEnix. Not sure what I thinking; maybe it was all the 'open-world' and npcs walking about.

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          August 27, 2018 3:43 PM

          haha, my thought as well

          eidos

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        August 27, 2018 3:43 PM

        It is ridiculously early to start talking about how the game portrays characters in game.

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      August 27, 2018 1:02 PM

      Looks pretty great, going to be a looong wait

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      August 27, 2018 1:19 PM

      boo fluid class system.

      or yeah... not sure what that means.

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        August 27, 2018 1:28 PM

        If done right, it's awesome. You simply play your character in the way that's fun to you, and the corresponding skills in the game level up making you even better at what you're doing. Oblivion and Skyrim are examples of one way to do fluid class systems.

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          August 27, 2018 1:43 PM

          Yeah Skyrim did it fine

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            August 28, 2018 4:35 AM

            I don't like that there are no trade offs to make. Every character ends up feeling the same because you max out everything. Fallout's perks help alleviate that.

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      August 27, 2018 2:24 PM

      I don't like the voice acting. It's all trying a little too hard to be techno cool.

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        August 27, 2018 7:13 PM

        Yeah some of the writing was trying too hard to be edgy

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          August 27, 2018 8:38 PM

          Having finished the demo, it wasn't all so bad, but I do think the sound design is underwhelming. The voice acting, the car engine, the guns, even the ambient city noise is all a bit flat. It's my only complaint, really.

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          August 27, 2018 9:44 PM

          That's basically CDPR.

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          August 27, 2018 11:07 PM

          That's cyberpunk. One of my favorite things about it is the dumb names for everything.

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        August 27, 2018 11:07 PM

        I think part of that is having to invent their own cyberpunk jargon.

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      August 27, 2018 2:44 PM

      the best of future games

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      August 27, 2018 2:51 PM

      Oh man. That looked like total ass, right guys? Nobody is gonna play that. How embarrassing.

      Looks awesome

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      August 27, 2018 3:38 PM

      Prediction: I will spend at least two hours at the character creation screen

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      August 27, 2018 6:11 PM

      The gameplay looks so good because it presumes I won’t play like a potato holding an Xbox controller

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      August 27, 2018 7:11 PM

      This game looks so fucking rad.

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      August 27, 2018 8:22 PM

      Oh man this looks goood. It’s out for switch on day one right lol I’ll play it on PC but these days I prefer the couch because I’m maximum lazy :(

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      August 27, 2018 8:35 PM

      I want to play this video game.

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      August 27, 2018 10:50 PM

      Kinda crazy how much they show in that demo and have no release year in mind.

      I can see why they were reluctant to share this with the public!

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      August 27, 2018 11:07 PM

      Bethesda has their work cut out for them

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      August 28, 2018 1:40 AM

      So fucking hyped. I mean I was hyped from the E3 trailer but now I know I'll get to play something special in a couple years