Yesterday we finally got to admire the gameplay of cyberpunk 2077, last title of the Polish software house CD Project Red. Some users noticed that the final frame contained a special message from CD Projekt RED. This message has been transcribed on Reddit and it turned out to be a long letter from the software house explaining the reason for the delay in the game.
In short? The team was not sure it was ready!
Here is the full message:
I'm sorry for keeping you waiting for so long!
Did you like what you saw? Because for us, the fact that we're finally showing you Cyberpunk 2077 is HUGE. Please go to our forums, twitter, facebook, discord, and say what you think. The world of the game is how did you imagine it? See what we meant by "immersion" when we talked about CP2077 as an FPP RPG? How does our vision of "cyberpunk by day" make you feel? We really want to know.
Apart from that, we think we owe you some explanations on why we are showing you this gameplay now, some time after the professionals and the media have seen it at E3 and gamescom.
Every time we discussed the idea of showing you the game (and we discussed a lot of this idea), we ended up in this limbo: "we are not sure about 100%". Because? Because (for most people), when a developer shows game footage, it means that this is how the game will look at the end. That's not the case. Cyberpunk 2077 is under development. We have many design ideas, many mechanisms are tested, but we do not know what we will have at the time of launch. This makes video publishing like the one you just saw risky, we do not want players to say "but in that previous video the gun fired differently" or "why did you change the interface?". Change is inherent in the development of the game and there are a lot of things that are changed every day. Our fear was (and still is a little) that you'll think what you've just seen is how Cyberpunk 2077 will be, 1: 1.
What gave us that extra confidence to show you a game in progress? Good initial feedback from people who are used to seeing games at various stages of development. What they told us (and they told us that they really liked what they saw) gave us the impetus to show the current version of Cyberpunk 2077 to the most passionate audience.
So ... here's how Cyberpunk 2077 looks like today (or better, when we recorded the video). We sincerely hope you enjoyed it.
Once again, thank you for your patience and all the thoughts you have shared with us.
CD PROJECT RED