Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 Demo Was Pre-Alpha, Still Years Before Full Release
"You guys can wait a few more years."
Cyberpunk 2077 finally made its big debut with a cinematic trailer. It’s not much, but compared to the announcement teaser in 2013, it’s a lot. There was also a demo shown at E3 but only behind closed doors. No image or video has emerged, only impressions from outlets that got to see it, and apparently a full audio of the demo was leaked.
However, there is a good reason why developers CD Projekt RED is still not ready to show the game to the public yet. Speaking to Polish site Bankier.pl, CD Projekt President and CEO Adam Kiciński remarked that the game has yet to reach the alpha stage. “Therefore, we show the game behind closed doors – this is not the final quality yet,” he added.
The Witcher III was impressive when it was first shown and the completed product is still one of the best RPGs ever. Yet, the game received some backlash over perceived downgrades from fans, as the final game lacking in some details as first shown. Clearly, this should be why the developers withheld the footage from being shown to the public.
Another statement by CD Projekt chief financial officer Piotr Nielubowicz said: “This is the most polished part of the game we have now, prepared in some sense to show it to people outside the company.”
The site also reported that Cyberpunk 2077’s marketing budget will be bigger than The Witcher III, so whenever the game is ready, we will definitely hear about it. We certainly received some ads around E3 on YouTube promoting the cinematic trailer, which should be a sign of things to come.
Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the original Cyberpunk 2020 boardgame who is also involved with the writing for 2077, also added that it will be a while until Cyberpunk is ready. Speaking to YouTuber YongYea, he said: “I waited 30 years to get this. It was worth it. You guys can wait a few more years.”
No release window was announced for Cyberpunk 2077. While the behind-closed-doors demo was running on a current and attainable high performance PC, but who knows, maybe it will be ready for the next generation of consoles at this rate.
Quotes from Bankier.pl are translated via Google Translate