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11th June 2018

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming role-playing game to be launched on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is being developed by CD Projekt, who are best known for their fantasy series, The Witcher.

In 2077, the world has reached technological singularity and people are divided into social classes. The United States of America has fallen to Balkanisation and bankruptcy after succumbing to warfare, kinetic bombardment, famine and rebellion. Mega-corporations have seized control, building enclaves within which only their employees are allowed to live. Outside of these territories are old cities where gangs and governments contend for dominance, and the "Heartland" is wracked by severe dust storms, weathered by nomads. In outer space, a group called the Orbitals – governed by the Eurozone countries – wield mass drivers as a method of deterrence in the event that their economic sovereignty is challenged.

Set in the open world metropolis of Night City, California, the game features non-English-speaking characters. Players who do not speak the languages can buy translator implants to better comprehend them; depending on the advancement of the implants, the quality of translations will vary, with more expensive implants rendering more accurate translations. "Braindance", a digital recording device streamed directly into the brain, allows the player character to experience the emotions, brain processes and muscle movements of another person as though they were their own. There will be different endings based on player agency and choice.

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