It's been three years since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released, and it still stands as one of the very best games of this generation. The best in my humble opinion -- but regular readers will be sick and tired of hearing me say that. I know not everyone feels the same way about Geralt of Rivia's last hurrah, but I don't think anyone can deny the impact that the game has had. For me, it's still so far ahead of the pack -- it still blows just about every other modern, Western role-playing title out of the water.
Nothing has really come close to topping it -- but that may not be the case for much longer. At E3 2018, we're going to see Cyberpunk 2077, and it's hard to shake the feeling that CD Projekt Red is once again gearing up to smash all expectations. It may fall to the Polish developer to outdo its own masterpiece.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a weird one, though. Believe it or not, the game was first announced all the way back in 2013 with an intriguing CG trailer -- more than two years before The Witcher 3 launched. It's clear that since then, the project has become something bigger -- something that CD Projekt Red is willing to pour all of its resources into. Following in the footsteps of The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 should be the studio's next blockbuster.
And there's every chance that it'll dwarf even its predecessor's success. With every main title that it pumps out, the developer moves forward. The Witcher 2 was better than The Witcher, and The Witcher 3 was better again. As dangerous as expectations can be, Cyberpunk 2077 is pretty much expected to outshine its predecessor, despite the fact that The Witcher 3 sits at a score of 92 on Metacritic. And if that's not an exciting prospect, I don't know what is.
It's been more than five years since we saw anything of Cyberpunk 2077 -- at least, if you count the CG trailer as seeing something -- and that's mental. For five years this game has been cloaked in mystery. We know the basics -- it's an RPG, it's going to have guns, it's going to be cyberpunk -- but any details that have dripped from behind closed doors may not even apply to the project's current form. The title's a looming, unknown entity that we've been waiting years to see, and the curtain's going to fall next month on the biggest stage of all.
Unless Cyberpunk 2077 somehow puts in a disappointing showing, I think it could quite easily dominate E3 this year. Because we've seen nothing of the game, it captures the imagination. I watched Blade Runner 2049 for the first time the other night -- a visually stunning movie -- and I sat there thinking "Cyberpunk 2077 is going to look like this in video game form, isn't it?" That thought alone was enough to get me hyped.
Usually, having seen nothing of a game years in the making promotes some scepticism, but the thought that Cyberpunk 2077 could fall flat on its face at E3 almost seems laughable. That's how much trust CD Projekt Red has earned off the back of The Witcher 3.
As for what will actually be shown at E3 2018, it looks as though we're in for a good old fashioned gameplay reveal. Probably at the Xbox press conference, if I had to guess. An extended gameplay demo will apparently be shown privately to members of the press, leading me to believe that this is going to be a proper blowout. It's about time, I suppose.
Cyberpunk 2077 can take the Los Angeles convention by storm. It may be a game that we've been waiting on for a long time, but that'll only serve to make its unveiling all the more electric. Of course, all of this assumes that CD Projekt Red will get it right -- but at this point, would you really bet against it?
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