Cyberpunk 2077 reveals mind-blowing new gameplay, Netflix series

CD Projekt Red showed off a lot more of its massively hyped RPG Cyberpunk 2077 during the first of episode of Night City Wire, a series of regular broadcasts the studio is planning in the lead-up to launch.

First and most exciting is a new trailer. If you’re worried about spoiling the story for yourself, don’t fret: CD Projekt Red confirmed that all the footage comes from the first few quests of the game, which make up the prologue to the main story.

The trailer shows the main character V—who you’ll be able to customize top to bottom, including gender and sex—planning to steal a valuable piece of technology known as a biochip from the powerful Arasaka Corporation. The biochip is apparently the key to immortality, and while the stated plan is to get in and out without killing anyone, it doesn’t appear that it goes so smoothly. (Adam Smasher, the massive guy who’s undergone a full cyborg conversion, may have something to do with that.)

Throw in a look at more of Night City’s six districts, a look at the surrounding desert known as the Badlands, and a brief appearance of the breathtaking rockstar himself, Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand, and you’ve got a tantalizing look at one of the year’s most anticipated games.

But that’s not all CD Projekt Red had to show. The studio also debuted a new type of gameplay segment called Braindances, which involve you scrubbing through the recorded memories of other people. It feels a bit like a more involved version of the the Detective Mode investigations in the Batman: Arkham games, or the memory remix sections of Dontnod’s Remember Me.

While you can’t change the outcome of the events you witness, you can see and hear things that the person you’re Braindancing didn’t, since their cybernetic sensors recorded much more about the world around them. By scanning other people and switching between different channels, like audio, visual, and infrared, you can pick up on small details that may prove important for your quests. It’s neat, if not quite revolutionary.

Finally, the stream announced that CD Projekt Red is collaborating with the Japanese animation company Studio Trigger to bring Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, an anime series set in the same universe as the game, to Netflix. It’ll be a bit of a wait though, as the show won’t premiere until 2022.

Cyberpunk 2077, on the other hand, will be out November 19th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, following a recent delay. The game will also come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X with a free upgrade offer for owners on current platforms, though it’s not yet clear when those next-gen versions will arrive.

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