The behind-closed-doors demo of Cyberpunk 2077 that developers CD Projekt Red brought to E3 this summer will be available to the public at Pax West later this month. The announcement was made on Twitter by Global Community Lead Marcin Momot at the end of E3.
With Pax West only a month away, fans are eager to get some one-on-one time for what will most likely be the last majorly hyped title of this generation. CD Projekt Red decided to hold the demo from Gamescon, which happens the week before Pax West, seemingly to maximize how much time they have to tune things up before the public at large get their hands on the game.
Impressions of the demo were fairly mixed during E3, with many outlets citing that the combat still needed some work. One thing every one agreed on was the delightfully surprising appearance Johnny Silverhand, played by Keanu Reeves.
Keanu shocked every one when he showed up on the Microsoft stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk. In the demo, Johnny appears as a kind of digital projection that only the player can see. He convinces the protagonist to help find his missing girlfriend, thus setting into motion the events of the demo.
The player is then tasked with infiltrating a gang hideout using either cybernetically enhanced melee attacks or a whip-like weapon called a nanowire that can be used to hack the bad guys brains and make them kill themselves. While the nanowire offers compelling combat option by all accounts, the melee approach was reportedly a great deal more awkward to control and enemy A.I. was somewhat buggy.
Hopefully CD Projekt Red has had enough time to tune the build into something that players will really enjoy. With a planned release date of April 2020, it's likely that what fans see at PAX West will be pretty close to the finished product, though a very small taste of a very big world.
Cyber Punk 2077 is an open world first person RPG from the makers of The Witcher series. The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.