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CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 shows proof of life

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Official Twitter account posts for first time in more than four years

It’s been nearly six years since CD Projekt Red announced it was working on a Cyberpunk 2077 video game, and exactly five years since the Witcher series developer revealed the game’s first trailer. Understandably, fans of the studio’s games and the promise of a massive, open-world Cyberpunk RPG are hungry for new information.

So it’s no surprise that people are freaking out over a single, innocuous tweet from the official Cyberpunk video game Twitter account — the first tweet from that account in more than four years. Here it is:

While that’s not much to go on, it’s a sign of life — or the sound of something booting up? — for a game we haven’t heard much about over the past half-decade.

While CD Projekt Red has been relatively tight-lipped about Cyberpunk 2077 over the years, we do know a few things about the project.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be a “story-based RPG experience” with single-player “playthroughs, but we’re going to add multiplayer features,” the developer said in 2013.

CD Projekt Red says Cyberpunk 2077 will be an open-world, sandbox-style game set in a “corrupt and tech-advanced world.” The game’s stated goal is to give players the freedom to explore the locations of Night City on their own terms. CDPR has promised advanced RPG mechanics based on the pen-and-paper role-playing game upgraded to match the 2077 setting.

The game’s setting, Night City, has been described as a diverse metropolis, populated with people who speak languages from around the world. CD Projekt Red has said it’s considering recording every character’s voice in their native tongue, and the player might have to buy a translation implant in order to understand them. The quality of the translations will depend on the quality of the implant.

Most importantly, Cyberpunk 2077 will supposedly stay true to its pen-and-paper roots, but will be stuffed with some 50 years of history. (We also know that CD Projekt Red said that the game was the subject of a ransom demand in 2017, and that, at the time, development was “quite advanced,” with several hundred people working on Cyberpunk 2077.)