After "hacking" Microsoft's conference, Cyberpunk 2077 stole the show. The ambitious futuristic RPG showed that it has a style all its own, and the fact that it comes from beloved Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red gives many gamers reason to hope. So it makes sense that every shred of new footage or gameplay people can get their hands on is cause for celebration. It turns out there might just be a reason to have a toast in August. Cyberpunk 2077 is going to GamesCom, maybe with some new stuff to show.
The confirmation of Cyberpunk's presence at GamesCom, a European gaming convention, comes from this Reddit post. The poster links to and references a Kotaku interview with Marcin Iwinsk, co-CEO of CD Projekt Red. Iwinsk is quoted as saying that GamesCom is the "next step."
From there, speculation takes over in the comments. One user, zenithfury, points out that the "hack" of Microsoft's E3 showed four selectable files for Cyberpunk. They were:
The third one, gk_WIP, is of interest here. It takes place after e3_trailer, which just happened, and could easily stand for GamesCom Kolnessee Work-In-Progress. Kolnesse being the building the event is held in. Many are taking this to mean that a big reveal has been planned for GamesCom since the start.
But is it really new stuff or just the same demo press got to play at E3? The reddit commenters are divided on that. The original poster points out that CD Projekt Red would be silly to offer the same exact demo that press already saw at E3. Newer gameplay makes more sense. Or if it is the same demo, it will at least have to be made playable to the general public at GamesCom.
Another poster, Vingummi_Korstog, points out that GamesCom is often treated as Europe's E3. Many European outlets forgo traveling to Los Angeles for E3 and go to GamesCom instead. As such, it's definitely possible that CD Projekt Red will recycle the same content simply because its dealing with a fresh audience that hasn't experienced it yet.
Gamescom isn't until the end of August, so gamers will have to wait a while to find out. As for Cyberpunk 2077 itself, it has no set release date. It might even be "a few years away."