According to Quest Designer Patrick Mills, Cyberpunk 2077 will be prioritizing its RPG elements over its shooter components. This coming after considerable worry from gamers that the game was getting too focused on being a first-person shooter.
The E3 2018 press conference back in June gave us the first dedicated trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, the highly anticipated next title from CD Projekt RED. Following the trailer release, the studio further revealed that the game would be from a first-person perspective rather than from the traditional third-person view used in their previous games. This news proved to be very controversial as many fans, already accustomed to the visual style of earlier games, seemed quite taken aback by this radical move.
CD Projekt RED revealed that the game would also be a combination shooter + RPG, which sparked a growing apprehension for the game among the gaming community. Mills responded to this in a statement he made via Gameranx below:
“Well, it’s an RPG. It’s an RPG before it’s a shooter. And it’s really about making a character and inhabiting that character and living in this world and making choices from not just the point of view of that character but also of yourself. With The Witcher, you had Geralt, and Geralt had a history.”
Mills further states that various forms of media such as books, comics, games, and now even a television series have given great depth to the character of Geralt from the Witcher series and explains the reasoning for their usage of a third-person view up until now.
The move to a first-person perspective was a fully conscious decision by CD Projekt RED to fully immerse the player into the world of Cyberpunk 2077. No longer would there be a character that we have to stand behind and watch as he interacts with the world; its now you, the player, that will be carving out your own story.
I for one am glad that CD Projekt RED will be focusing on its RPG basics for Cyberpunk 2077 because those are the aspects that the studio is known for. The move to first-person is also commendable as it promotes full immersion into the game and its story.
With how many gaming publications have named Cyberpunk 2077 their “game of the show” for E3 2018 and with what we’ve seen so far, I am thrilled to see what they have in store for us next.
Let us know in the comments if you’re happy with the news that Cyperpunk 2077 will be more RPG-focused or even if you are not.