Everyone and their hamster have seen the Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 trailer – the one where Ted from Bill & Ted appears for a brief moment. But there’s also a bigger chunk of footage that was shown behind closed doors, to press and influencers. If you’re still thirsty for CP2077 – and judging by the sales numbers on Steam this week, you are – you’ll be happy to know that the demo footage is going to go public near the end of August.
If you remember last year, which is like a whole different geologic era in gaming terms, they did the same thing. The footage was shown behind closed doors at E3 and Gamescom, and then it went up on Youtube. The presumption it would happen this year as well was always there, but it was officially confirmed by community lead Marcin Momot on Twitter, after being prodded by a well-known industry insider.
It's going to happen exactly during PAX West. 🙂— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) June 12, 2019
If you’re a normal person and don’t know gaming convention dates by heart, this one’s between August 30th and September 2nd. So what should we expect? According to all the previews floating about, it’s going to be about an hour long, and it’s going to be mostly actual gameplay footage. It features playing through a single mission with two characters – one’s a netrunner and another’s a samurai. It’s supposed to show us how we can tackle problems in different ways, and how NPCs react to different genders of the player character.
A number of previews have mentioned the shooting feeling wonky, and now we’re finally going to see for ourselves. Johnny Silverhand (Ted’s character) also has a pretty prominent role in the mission on show (he’s actually your guide and also a cyberghost), so we’re gonna get to experience some of that most excellent screen presence ourselves.