The Witcher dev announces Cyberpunk

CD Projekt RED has formally announced their new game. Like The Witcher before it, the team's new project is actually a licensed game.

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CD Projekt RED has formally announced their new game. Like The Witcher before it, the team's new project is actually a licensed game. Simply titled Cyberpunk, this new RPG is based on Mike Pondsmith's pen and paper RPG, also called Cyberpunk.

The new game promises to offer many of the traits that made The Witcher so critically acclaimed, including a "realistic and brutal" mature RPG. "We are not making a game for everyone," CD Projekt proudly declared when announcing the game.

Unlike in The Witcher, you'll be able to create your own character in Cyberpunk, with a slew of different classes to choose from. There will also be an arsenal of weapons, upgrades, and implants to choose from--as expected from a cyberpunk RPG.

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    May 30, 2012 10:35 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, The Witcher dev announces Cyberpunk.

    CD Projekt RED has formally announced their new game. Like The Witcher before it, the team's new project is actually a licensed game.

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      May 30, 2012 10:38 AM

      I WANTS IT

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      May 30, 2012 10:41 AM

      :3

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      May 30, 2012 10:41 AM

      WHAT

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        May 30, 2012 10:45 AM

        CD Projekt RED has been forgiven for the gog.com bullshit

        The motherland loves me.

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          May 30, 2012 11:28 AM

          What gog.com bullshit would that be?

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            May 30, 2012 11:41 AM

            Probably referring to the "we closed down just kidding we didn't" incident a couple years back.

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              May 30, 2012 12:27 PM

              ^^^ stupid marketing stunt where they went "Well, sorry that we're not really sorry"

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                May 30, 2012 7:11 PM

                Were you seriously still clinging to that up until today?

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      May 30, 2012 10:42 AM

      This is one of the rare, rare, RARE situations these days where an announcement teased at winds up being even better than I expected.

      This has amazing potential.

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      May 30, 2012 10:47 AM

      Yeah!! unf

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      May 30, 2012 10:47 AM

      Hell yeah! Perfect c-c-c-combo.

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      May 30, 2012 10:47 AM

      niice!

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      May 30, 2012 10:48 AM

      pumping loads of cum. i want so bad... gimme gimme

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      May 30, 2012 10:58 AM

      Yes, I will like this.

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      May 30, 2012 11:00 AM

      Yes, yesssssss

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      May 30, 2012 11:04 AM

      This is gonna 0wn

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      May 30, 2012 11:05 AM

      This is going to be my dream game!

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      May 30, 2012 11:05 AM

      TAKE MY MOTHERFUCKEN MONEY NOW!

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      May 30, 2012 11:08 AM

      Shut. Up.

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      May 30, 2012 11:15 AM

      Funny, I was just about to sell all my old Cyberpunk RPG rulebooks and stuff, and was wondering why no one ever made a video game based on the IP. I wonder how true it will be to the pen and paper. In the latter, you die *real quick*--it's quite "realistic" in that sense and there's no such thing as a bullet sponge.

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        May 30, 2012 11:35 AM

        Judging from what I've heard of the Witcher games, CD Project RED will have no problems.

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        May 30, 2012 1:03 PM

        when you want to get rid of those, let me know! I'm certainly interested.

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        May 30, 2012 1:06 PM

        They have the author on board for the project and promise a mature theme of sorts. I hope they make the mechanics as close to it as possible.

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      May 30, 2012 11:16 AM

      Unffffff!

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      May 30, 2012 11:24 AM

      COOL SHIT YEAH BOYEE

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      May 30, 2012 11:27 AM

      If this was a different developer I might be worried... but this sounds live a very very good thing!

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      May 30, 2012 11:29 AM

      The Cyberer

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      May 30, 2012 11:30 AM

      Sweeeet, this and two Shadowrun games on the horizon!

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      May 30, 2012 11:37 AM

      After having been balls out amazed at how good The Witcher 2 was, I'm really looking forward to this!! :D GO CDProjekt RED!

      These guys are gonna be the Bioware killers for real :D

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      May 30, 2012 11:42 AM

      Awesome

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      May 30, 2012 11:43 AM

      News stories without a source should be illegal.

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      May 30, 2012 11:44 AM

      CD Projekt are the best fucking developers in the business right now. Shit's gonna OWN.

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        May 30, 2012 11:47 AM

        Have to agree with you there man, those guys and gals have some fucking talent. They remind of Bioware, when Bioware was still in it for the games and not the creds.

        I realise this is my second post about this, but I still bear the scars of playing through the polished dog turd that was Dragon Age 2.

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          May 30, 2012 11:56 AM

          They remind you of Bioware...back when it was Bioware/Black Isle Studios and not Bioware/EA...

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            May 30, 2012 12:44 PM

            Uh... Black Isle was an Interplay studio. Other than publishing BG1+2, they had nothing to do with Bioware.

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              May 30, 2012 1:04 PM

              They shared some tech. Do some research.

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                May 30, 2012 1:13 PM

                And that somehow makes them the same studio?

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                  May 30, 2012 1:25 PM

                  Who ever said they were the same? When I typed Bioware/Black Isle I was inferring that they were partners not the same. Hence my comparison to how the Bioware/EA partnership hasn't been as...nice.

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      May 30, 2012 11:49 AM

      Oh man, I really don't know what to expect, but a CD Projekt take on cyberpunk and the dystopian future sounds amazing.

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      May 30, 2012 11:56 AM

      haha this is going to be totally rad

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      May 30, 2012 12:05 PM

      This is what I need.

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      May 30, 2012 12:06 PM

      They better stick with the 80s style in this. That would be fucking awesome for a video game setting today.

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        May 30, 2012 12:14 PM

        What is the "'80s style"? And isn't this supposed to be set in the year 2020?

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          May 30, 2012 12:29 PM

          good question

          I'm thinking he wants cyberpunk with a more conspicuously 80s neon and bright lights blade runner-esque aesthetic as opposed to a more 90s matrix/johnny mnemonic/lawnmower man sunglasses and trenchcoat aesthetic (though both are really genuinely cyberpunk when you get down to it)

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          May 30, 2012 12:51 PM

          They basically take the 80s glam rock character style and throw it into a futuristic setting. This was pretty much what the original Cyberpunk was.

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          May 30, 2012 7:10 PM

          Punks with cybernetic implants and mohawks. Back when punks were the default bad guy.

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      May 30, 2012 12:17 PM

      Awesome...I still need to play W2 but I love their games.

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      May 30, 2012 12:23 PM

      Cyber punk is the worst type of sci-fi. :(

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        May 30, 2012 12:27 PM

        In what way?

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          May 30, 2012 1:11 PM

          It's ridiculous. The style + all the stuff that seems to be the movie Hackers taken to 11.

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            May 30, 2012 1:30 PM

            Never saw Hackers, so can't comment on that. I do remember that in the PnP, the hacking "mini-game" was actually pretty creative and unique, like a cross between the future and D&D.

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        May 30, 2012 12:30 PM

        it's simultaneously the best and worst

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        May 30, 2012 1:22 PM

        Isn't Deus Ex cyberpunk?

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          May 30, 2012 1:32 PM

          Yes.

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          May 30, 2012 1:41 PM

          I wouldn't say so. It's much more straight futuristic and less cyper than I feel cyberpunk is.

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          May 30, 2012 1:58 PM

          As are the System Shock games.

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          May 30, 2012 4:13 PM

          it's more post-cyberpunk.

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          May 30, 2012 7:03 PM

          You will notice some people disagree whether DX is cyberpunk. The answer is it is.

          Cyberpunk thematically is a non-rosy near future extrapolated from current cultural and technological trends.

          The problem is the first and most monumental works in the genre were written in the eighties - your Neuromancer, Blade Runner, so on. Some people think cyberpunk should look like that forever, so pretty much a future world as imagined from the eighties. Which I don't agree with. I think that's a bit boring. This thing CDPR is making is very much along those lines. But DX is not, DX takes into account stuff that happened up to the year 2000 and compensates for that. I think that's more interesting.

          Also, if you think about it, we live in a cyberpunk future right now pretty much. Any third world slum will be a masala of abject poverty, rampant capitalism and modern fashion/mobile phones of the kind you can read about in Neuromancer - hyperstylising a setting like that basically gives you a modern cyberpunk setting, and I'd love to see a game that does that, actually.

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            May 31, 2012 2:21 AM

            Inf this shit right here, props to Mister SK.

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        May 30, 2012 1:35 PM

        YOU'RE THE WORST

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        May 30, 2012 1:36 PM

        No it's awesome. Like anything else, it has to be done right, but when it is, I'd take it a thousand fucking times over high fantasy which has been Done. To. Death. I'm tired of bloody elves and orcs and shit. It's boring.

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          May 30, 2012 1:37 PM

          though I guess high fantasy isn't sci-fi, but my point still stands

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          May 30, 2012 1:38 PM

          Space opera & hard sci-fi >>> other stuff imo

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            May 30, 2012 1:40 PM

            Which is silly since some "hard sci-fi" falls into Cyberpunk themes too. Bladerunner being one of them.

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              May 30, 2012 1:45 PM

              Having read and seen blade runner/electric sheep, I don't get the cyberpunk. It doesn't have anything related to internet type stuff or any normal cyberpunk tropes I can remember. The closest thing I can remember is the empathy box, and that existed as more of a religous device in the book, at least.

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                May 30, 2012 1:55 PM

                ok

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                  May 30, 2012 2:07 PM

                  Could you possibly list some qualities or things that are cyberpunk?

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                    May 30, 2012 2:16 PM

                    Usually a focused bombardment of tech that becomes both a wear and tear on society. Forced onto the populous political dystopian themes. They also mimic that junk city look you'd see in things like Escape From New York or work seen in 70's French pulp art by guys like Moebius. Everyone is decked out in future tech living in grimed-up surroundings. That sort of deal.

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                May 30, 2012 2:02 PM

                Cyperpunk relies on three elements:

                1) Near-future timeline. It has to be, cuz the society found there can't be more than a few iterations past ours.

                2) Over-saturation of technology. Just a huge amount of new tech, or some really big leaps in single areas.

                3) Dystopian society caused by the combination of the previous two elements. (Remember, you can't have dystopia without some sort of utopia; most of these societies are supposed to be 'perfect' from a certain point of view.)

                Those are the unifying themes of cyperpunk, sans any baggage you may think it has.

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                  May 30, 2012 2:05 PM

                  Bladerunner birthed it. William Gibson says so.

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                    May 30, 2012 2:06 PM

                    "About ten minutes into Blade Runner, I reeled out of the theater in complete despair over its visual brilliance and its similarity to the "look" of Neuromancer, my [then] largely unwritten first novel. Not only had I been beaten to the semiotic punch, but this damned movie looked better than the images in my head! With time, as I got over that, I started to take a certain delight in the way the film began to affect the way the world looked. Club fashions, at first, then rock videos, finally even architecture. Amazing! A science fiction movie affecting reality!"

                    - William Gibson

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                    May 30, 2012 2:19 PM

                    Oh, I agree totally, and think it fits those elements well. I was just trying to distill it for Fenring42 and cut out the stuff that he might think makes it cyberpunk.

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                      May 30, 2012 2:22 PM

                      Sorry, I had meant for it as a reply to him. But I agree with yours too :p

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                  May 30, 2012 3:44 PM

                  Does it always have to be dystopian?

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                    May 30, 2012 3:49 PM

                    Naw, but it's usually what most people went with.

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                    May 30, 2012 4:06 PM

                    Pretty much, the over-saturation of technology in such a short time frame generally has to affect us negatively. But like I said before, remember that a dystopia is generally a utopia through a different lens. A Brave New World is kinda punkish in that way.

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                    May 30, 2012 6:39 PM

                    Only if you consider the world we currently live in dystopian.

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                    May 30, 2012 7:20 PM

                    I don't think Dystopia is required, at least not as its usually conveyed in its oppressive, governmental form. In fact, I think a lot of cyberpunk can be captured by the breakdown of structural norms. The lines between government, society, religion, technology and commerce become nebulous and confused. And as they bleed over one another, you wind up with this oppressive world that's not particularly oppressive politically, but oppressive due to this new, confusing reality people struggle to exist within.

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                      May 30, 2012 7:27 PM

                      Dystopian doesn't have to mean opressive government at all, just a lot of dystopian fiction involves opressive governments. Dystopian just means 'shithole'

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                        May 30, 2012 7:43 PM

                        I agree with you, though I think most people probably associate Dystopia with oppressive/controlling governments, so I thought I'd clarify.

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          May 30, 2012 11:31 PM

          I concurrently concur

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        May 30, 2012 1:37 PM

        Go back to australia, commie.

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        May 30, 2012 10:48 PM

        Wrong.

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        May 31, 2012 1:39 AM

        Some aspects of it are nice, but yeah, shits pretty outdated and silly. That said I welcome any sci-fi from these guys.

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        June 4, 2012 5:10 AM

        Maybe you're confusing it with steampunk. Now that always seems to be an epic fail when it comes to games. It always seems to start out with a good idea, but falls flat on the execution.

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      May 30, 2012 12:46 PM

      As someone who has never played a witcher game, I'm sure I'll play this.

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      May 30, 2012 12:48 PM

      Sweet.

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      May 30, 2012 1:04 PM

      sounds awesome! love love love the cyberpunk universe. and CD Projekt RED will do it right.

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      May 30, 2012 1:26 PM

      When I first heard they were doing some sort of sci-fi project, my gut said it would be Cyberpunk. I'm glad I was right.

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      May 30, 2012 1:30 PM

      Well then. Netrunner gets bought by FFG and now this. Pretty good year for me. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go buy a new pair of pants and a mop.

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        May 30, 2012 1:34 PM

        Really! I played the net runner CCG back on the 90s and it was swell.

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      May 30, 2012 1:37 PM

      In my le face.

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      May 30, 2012 2:02 PM

      Interesting. R. Talsorian Cyberpunk is the hardcore, gritty shit. Also, the original. No teleporting elves. Although there are therm-optic camo'd corporate ninja flechetteers.
      I always liked the distinction between heavy metal "old Russian surplus" and sleek "modern" cyber-parts; I hope they use that in the game.

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      May 30, 2012 2:20 PM

      Okay, yes, I want this.

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      May 30, 2012 2:24 PM

      This sounds so fucking awesome.

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      May 30, 2012 3:10 PM

      hell yes!!!!!!

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      May 30, 2012 3:29 PM

      Why the hell would you post an announcement about an announcement, and not contain the actual announcement in it? Now I have to look up other news reports so I can actually read their announcement.

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      May 30, 2012 4:27 PM

      Steampunk. I wants that instead.

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      May 30, 2012 6:38 PM

      Sounds like fun.

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      May 30, 2012 6:56 PM

      This is the worst kind of game announcement. Hey guys! We're making a game called "X". Here is a concept single piece of concept art. Oh, and it's an RPG. Hope you are excited...see you in a few years when we actually have something to show!

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      May 30, 2012 10:28 PM

      nice at least its not more fantasy

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      May 30, 2012 10:35 PM

      Time to go to the Atlantis and find some asses to kick!

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      May 30, 2012 10:43 PM

      I'm happy and impressed that anyone even remembers the Cyberpunk RPG. And the idea of a computer RPG...gahhhh I'm hopeful!

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      May 31, 2012 1:17 AM

      OMFG I used to play this as a wee lad! So cyberpumped.

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      May 31, 2012 12:04 PM

      HOLY FUCKING SHIT!
      I played this games as a kid. CD P just keeps earning my respect again and again.
      This came just came out of left field and became my MOST wanted game for like EVER!
      THANK YOU GUYS!