CD Projekt Red is now fully engrossed in the production of Cyberpunk 2077 and they'll be sending out small bits of info leading up to its release in a couple of years. However, a Polish investment dossier revealed some info on the developer's upcoming title, making it sound way bigger than we thought.
GamePressure is reporting that Polish investment grant institution GameINN has revealed some details about CD Projekt Red's upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. Apparently the developers had to give the organization some details on what they planned to implement into the game to qualify for the grant, and part of it describes the technology they needed the grant for and how it applies to the game.
GameINN is part of the National Center for Research and Development in Poland and the initiative is to help increase competitiveness within Poland's burgeoning game development market. The tech that CD Projekt applied to get a grant for is called City Creation, which is designed to help them easily generate and create massive open-world cities populated by AI and working infrastructure. They mention that the technology is based on rules, AI and procedural "automation" to help make open-world games.
I imagine the grant for City Creation will be based on The Witcher 3's tech but elevated and evolved to capture the enriched environments and living, breathing atmosphere of a futuristic, cyberpunk society.
CD Projekt also applied for a grant in regards to "seamless multiplayer", aiming to make it possible to search for opponents, create game sessions and allow for dedicated server tools and game modes. It sounds like the game might have some form of competitive multiplayer, assuming they follow through with it.
Gamepressure makes the astute observation that the description of the multiplayer mode for Cyberpunk 2077 sounds a lot like the seamless multiplayer integration of Watch Dogs 2.
Companies seeking grant funds for specific kinds of technological advancements is nothing new. A lot of developers take that route when crowd-sourcing or developing projects independently from the traditional publisher model, which usually relies on building prototypes and pitching ideas to investors.
In this particular case, CD Projekt Red is seeking grants for the city construction, the multiplayer and for the cinematic animations of the game.
We still have no idea what the actual gameplay for Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be about or what role players will take on in the title.
We do know that there's obviously going to be some story-oriented elements surrounding cyborgs, androids and robotics, but to what extent that will involve players? We don't know.
CD Projekt has been slowly etching away at the pre-production of the game following the release of The Witcher 3 last year. They wanted to finish up the game's DLC before applying all of their resources to Cyberpunk 2077. The information revealed by the grant appears to indicate that the game will mostly take place in a giant open world city, so this is likely going to be the biggest game that the developers have worked on in their careers.
No release date has been set and no platforms have been verified just yet. Hopefully they hold off and release the game on Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles to avoid having to restrict and downgrade the game for the eighth-gen twins.