CD Projekt is 'very aware' of players who dislike first-person perspectives

The Cyberpunk 2077 developers are 'firm' in their decision to use a first-person viewpoint, even if some players don't like it.

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The breakout success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt made it clear that Polish games studio CD Projekt knows how to throw together a great RPG. That's one of the main reasons why there's so much buzz surrounding Cyberpunk 2077, the studio's upcoming sci-fi role playing game. However, unlike The Witcher series, Cyberpunk 2077 plays out from a first-person perspective, a notion that has rubbed some players the wrong way. As it turns out, the studio is "very aware" of players who don't like first-person viewpoints, to which the crew has a few thoughts.

First and foremost, CD Projekt will not be changing from a first-person perspective in Cyberpunk 2077. Speaking to DualShockers at Gamescom 2018, Quest Designer Patrick Mills stated bluntly that the developer fully intends to stick with a first-person viewpoint.

"We are firm in that decision," Mills said. "However, we’re very aware that a lot of people don’t like first-person, and there is a small number of people who can’t play first-person for a variety of reasons."

Instead of trying to change a major component of the game to appease a few vocal outliers, CD Projekt is instead looking into creating or implementing various options that will help alleviate player's discomforts. We don't exactly know what those options may be, but we do know that the team wants to make sure the game will be open and accessible to as many players as possible.

We're still eagerly awaiting more details regarding Cyberpunk 2077, most specifically any kind of release date or release window. However, players who are looking to learn more about CD Projekt's latest can check out some of the fresh details featured in the game's recently published 48-minute gameplay demo. For all the latest CD Projekt and Cyberpunk 2077 updates, keep it tuned here to Shacknews.

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    September 3, 2018 1:50 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, CD Projekt is 'very aware' of players who dislike first-person perspectives

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      September 3, 2018 2:08 PM

      who the hell dislikes first person perspective??? third person view is awful

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        September 3, 2018 2:42 PM

        I usually don’t like it. First person is better for a shooter, but otherwise I’d rather be in third.

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          September 3, 2018 3:53 PM

          Fortnite has proven to me that third vs first matters not in the slightest for shooters in terms of gunplay or aim.

          It's only a matter of personal preference and subjective tastes. Do you feel more "immersed" in a game if it's first person?

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            September 3, 2018 3:55 PM

            i think with shooters it goes between 'lock-on' targeting for 3rd person and more accurate aiming for first person.
            but since i suck at shooters, i dont mind lock-on.

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        September 3, 2018 3:17 PM

        People sensitive to motion sickness.

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        September 3, 2018 3:18 PM

        I submit that Max Payne 1 and 2 worked better in 3rd person, also Carmageddon

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        September 3, 2018 3:20 PM

        I like both, is that okay?

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          September 3, 2018 4:55 PM

          Same. But I always feel more immersed in 3rd person... I like seeing my character and the gear I get them. The Witcher 3 would not have absorbed me as much if it had been in 1st person over 3rd person.

          after the game comes out they should just as a 3rd person camera option, in fact they should do that already and then see which is the preferred view of their customer base.

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            September 3, 2018 4:57 PM

            After the game comes out they should just add a 3rd person camera option, in fact they should do that already and then see which is the preferred view of their customer base.*

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              September 4, 2018 12:14 AM

              That's unlikely to be trivial.

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              September 4, 2018 1:34 AM

              fuck no. they need to make the game they want to make. people will love it or hate it. dont compromise your project because of some whiny gamers.

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        September 3, 2018 4:15 PM

        People who cut their teeth on the 360. We're a dying breed.

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        September 3, 2018 5:09 PM

        Some games are made for 3rd person. Gears of War, Tomb Raider, Uncharted would all different game or flat out suck in first person. 3rd person is far more versatile of a perspective. I prefer it over first person but I don't mind first person either.

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        September 3, 2018 5:56 PM

        I like both. Weird I know. I do prefer first person in RPGs but it isn't a deal breaker.

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        September 4, 2018 12:07 AM

        First person is good, but there's nothing "awful" about third person. I would not have liked The Witcher in first person nearly as much for example. And I hope they add third person functionality to Cyberpunk

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        September 4, 2018 2:33 AM

        I like both, but prefer first-person by a large margin.

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        September 4, 2018 5:41 AM

        I really dislike 95% of third person games, I am broken, I know this.

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        September 4, 2018 8:40 AM

        Console versions with limited 70° field-of-view configurations definitely can suck.

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      September 3, 2018 4:47 PM

      this is actually my biggest concern with cp77 - but for different reasons. normally, i'm very much a first person-person. if you went back into the last ten years of my gaming, 99% of it would be playing an FPS.

      however, one of the most compelling aspects of der witcher for me was having Gerlt be such a concrete narrative focus. i was picking my path, but i was always playing Geralt and i feel like that gives a game some type of cohesion that really helps that genre. don't get me wrong, i played the shit outta skyrim... but at no point did i find that world believable or tangible in the day it was when i was balls deep in witcher 3. skyrim was an engaging sandbox, it was a game.

      i've always struggled with suspending belief and actually becoming engrossed in any media. i'm always acutely aware i'm playing a game. i might enjoy myself immensely, but there are very few games where i shed the rationale layer and just start to imagine i'm the character doing the thing in the real world. witcher 3 was one of the very few games i ever became lost in and let myself immerse in it, and again i feel like a huge part of that is the constant narrative anchor of seeing Gerlt all the time. thinking of myself as Geralt.

      the choice of fps with cp77 is tied to them allowing a more open character and that's what worries me more than the perspective shift. i want to play a character, but when given a blank slate my characters are dogshit. i don't have the attention or imagination to make my own Geralt, i do much better with a believable, well-written, fully actualized character from which to weave a story.

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        September 3, 2018 5:06 PM

        This is a very good way to describe how I'm feeling about it, too. Good write-up.

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        September 3, 2018 5:17 PM

        Yes, same with GTA games, especially V where you switch characters - would never have worked in first person.

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          September 3, 2018 5:30 PM

          lol what? first person is amazing in GTA V and works very well. super immersive

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          September 4, 2018 2:34 AM

          Lol, GTAV was so much better in first person.

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          September 4, 2018 4:37 AM

          Lol

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          September 4, 2018 4:25 PM

          Not on PS3 and Xbox 360 anyway, amirite

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        September 4, 2018 7:50 AM

        I wonder if they'll eventually go with a Deus Ex method of camera perspective, where you're in first person throughout most of the gameplay, but during most conversations and big story beats you're viewing it from a third person perspective.

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      September 3, 2018 4:59 PM

      I say fuck them and make the game you want to make. Not everyone has to love your game/book/movie etc.

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      September 3, 2018 5:13 PM

      With the reports of how you look and dress affecting interactivity within the world, you would think that it would switch between first and third person.

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      September 3, 2018 5:30 PM

      Frankly, they were pretty bad at making third-person perspective games so I'm actually hopeful that a change in the fun-factor will accompany the change in perspective.

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      September 3, 2018 5:35 PM

      Never been a console gamer so I've never been a fan of third person games. I cut my PC gaming teeth on Doom, DN3D.exe and Quake.

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      September 3, 2018 7:25 PM

      I was surprised when they announced it but got used to it, especially after the gameplay footage

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      September 4, 2018 4:31 AM

      I can do either. But I'm excited because I feel like a first person view will make for a more immersive shooter. It makes the game less of a role playing game and more of a "what would I do"-kind of a game

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      September 4, 2018 7:15 PM

      you guys love cd projekt so much, why not just trust that they know what they're doing and doing what's right for this specific game? like the game isn't out, why cry about it till you've tried it?