Remember how we were supposed to have a look at the E3 demo for Cyberpunk 2077 at some point during September, around PAX West? Well, that’s not happening anymore. In a recent post on their blog, CD Projekt RED have announced they’ve decided to axe the video, along with their appearance in Seattle. The cosplay contest is still on, so don’t have a panic attack if you’ve spent hundreds on your costume already. As a consolation prize, they’ve announced a gameplay stream during which they’ll show off 15 minutes of new footage.
It’s going to be a 15-minute cut of the same demo press have been examining at this year’s E3 and Gamescom. The stream will be followed by developer commentary, which is supposed to give us new info on the “thought process behind creative decisions, information about Pacifica […], and tons of stuff on playstyles you’ll be able to adopt”. It’s going to be informative, is what they’re saying. The stream will take place on their Twitch and Mixer pages, at 8:00 PM CEST (11:00 AM PT) on the evening of August 30th. It’s going to be hosted by UK head of comms, Hollie Bennett, and it’ll feature some “familiar faces you know and like”.
There’s some more sad news to wash this off – the gameplay showcase planned for PAX West has been cancelled, replaced by the Warsaw-based stream we just mentioned. The change won’t affect the cosplay contest, you just won’t be able to meet your heroes at the same time. The devs are sorry, and they say there are “many logistical (and some creative) reasons” behind a big decision like this. What these exactly are is anyone’s guess.
We’ll be following the whole thing like a feral cat stalks a fat, dumb pigeon, so come back here the day after if you don’t have the time or energy to watch the stream itself.