In Today’s Cyberpunk 2077 video we are talking about the state of Reddit and to a lesser extent Discord at the moment when it comes to people losing their minds over some of the latest Cyberpunk 2077 news, and trying to put this “bad news” into perspective. I think a lot of online gaming communities tend to devolve into guilty until proven innocent mentalities when it comes to developers these days, for no fault of their own.
Now if you guys are unaware a lot of this backlash is coming off the heels of new knowledge that gameplay from the private demo and the public showcase at E3 2020 will not be recorded or livestreamed and posted online. This has led fans of CD PROJEKT RED and Cyberpunk 2077 into being pretty upset and concerned, Based off the fact that it took so long for CDPR to release their 48 minute gameplay last year after they showed it at E3 and Gamescom 2020. This along with recent statements and coupled with the fact that CDPR has promised their biggest showcase ever has left some people confused.
First off, we know CDPR are perfectionists, and they are going to take their time in development. Based off recent statements saying that the game is quite different and development is an iterative process, them showcasing it to a select few for opinions at-least initially is the same philosophy they had last year. Quite different means again that they are in the same boat as they were before they released their 2020 demo to the panels at E3 and Gamescom.
Next, We don’t know their E3 plans in the slightest. They are not showing the gameplay from the on floor event from 11th and 13th, but that does not count out the possibility of a general gameplay trailer, CGI trailer, screenshots, info-dumps, interviews, story details, dev diaries and more. In fact Lilayah the Cyberpunk 2077 community manager has even said that there will be content for those of us at home including suprises when pressed as to why the demos will only be seen by attendees. Remember Sony is not showing up. Cyberpunk 2077 will have to carry a lot of the weight
Now they have also claimed their biggest E3 ever. Again we do not know their plans for E3 but large elements of their marketing scheme is going to be shrouded in the air of mystery and surprise. They have said this publicly for some time as well as saying they will have their largest marketing campaign ever. Some of this marketing budget has to be allocated into giving us content at home, which make up 99% of the chunk of the people with eyes on 2077, a thorough look at E3. If these statements end up being false, I think there is a reason to be upset and I think some of the statements they’ve made in their marketing would be misleading in terms of the way it was presented.
As for right now, I think it is okay to dial back expectations like always. I do think this is a massive overreaction from people and I definetlye think it stems from the frustration of such a long wait, lack of news, and details and no supplementation through the months with screenshots, concept art or meaningful content we can visualize in the span between E3 and last year. This doesn’t necessarily mean doom and gloom and I think this rewards patience. With that being said lets wait until the entire conference unfolds to determine if it was a disappointing showing or not, and if the hype they have generated was justified especially in terms of them saying “their biggest E3 showing ever”. For now, sit back, relax and wait for E3.