CD Projeckt’s Marcin Iwinski has finally answered the rumors surrounding the upcoming Cyberpunk by stating that the game is a shooter and assured everyone that it is an “all-out RPG.”
Iwinski talked about the power of the new consoles, he said:
There is a lot of power in these machines, and I don’t want to say we’re using them to their capacity, but we’re fairly close to doing so,” he observed. We made a decision to go next-gen roughly two and a half years ago, so we’ve spent a lot of time with these machines, and it’s been a great experience across all three platforms. On the old platforms, namely the Xbox 360 and PS3, we probably would have had to sacrifice nearly half of our vision.
The new Witcher 3 Wild Hunt runs on the new REDengine 3, which was unveiled last February. It’s designed to remove the gap between open world and heavily narrative-driven RPGs.
CD Projekt is now looking forward to leasing their REDengine to other developers. He said:
We are looking at that aspect. If people want to make an RPG, there’s lot of tech out there already like the Unreal engine or Crytek’s engine, but there is definitely a place for the REDengine on the market.
We would love to see more upcoming RPGs using our engine. The tech is super solid and it works very well on all three platforms, but having said that, we still have to release a game and that is our highest priority.
The REDkit that we plan on launching soon after the game releases is also a good place to start and experiment with.
Cyberpunk 2077 will also use the REDengine, and it will not be coming before 2015. The game shows a society in which people are able to augment their bodies and brain functions, ruled by predictably unscrupulous corporations.
People have been asking me if Cyberpunk 2077 will have multiplayer or if it will be a straight-up shooter and I tell them to relax, because it will be a true RPG game.
We are known for storytelling, and big game worlds, and so we’re taking all what we’ve learnt from previous three Witcher games, as well as the open-world aspect, and applying it to Cyberpunk 2077. So yes, it is an all-out RPG game, but we’re looking at having a lot of new gameplay elements that I cannot talk about yet.
One thing I can say for sure is that it is definitely NOT a multiplayer shooter.
Video games market has seen too many shooters in the recent past and going down the RPG route is certainly refreshing. What’s your take?