With both Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Syndicate hitting in the past year, cyberpunk is having a bit of a gaming resurgence at the moment. Now it looks like that fire is about to receive a huge dose of fuel, because CD Projekt RED, the creators of the acclaimed Witcher franchise, has announced that they’re working on a videogame adaptation of the cult-classic Cyberpunk pen-and-paper RPG.
CD Projekt RED made the announcement last week at their 2012 Summer Conference, and even brought Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith onto the stage to talk up the project and reassure any Cyberpunk fans that he’s closely involved in the game’s development. The Cyberpunk game is being developed as a triple-A title, but it wasn’t specified whether it would be arriving for current consoles or if they are targeting the inevitable and much-rumored next-gen Xbox and Playstation (as well as, presumably, PCs). Here’s a full video of the announcement, courtesy of GameTrailers.com.
For those of you at work or without speakers or headphones handy, here are a few of the bullet points. The Cyberpunk game will be set in a “mature RPG world” and will feature a non-linear style that will allow you to alter the direction of the story via your choices and actions. You will also be able to create and customize your own character, and will have access to a huge arsenal of high-tech weapons and toys. The game will be based on the pen-and-paper system, although how they will translate into a digital interactive environment remains to be seen. The announcement also included looks at some concept art from the game, some of which you can see below.
Cyberpunk was originally published by R. Talsorian Games back in 1988, and has been appended by numerous expansions and guidebooks over the ensuing decades. The game was heavily based on the works of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and other such writers of the “cyberpunk” movement in the early ’80s. CD Projekt RED seems like a perfect choice to adapt Cyberpunk, as they’ve proven with the Witcher games that they’ve got a knack for creating compelling, non-linear RPGs, and they definitely don’t shy away from more mature subject matter.