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Watch Cyberpunk 2077’s first trailer from E3 2018

Revealed live from the Xbox pre-E3 press conference

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Cyberpunk 2077 revealed its first full trailer today during Microsoft’s pre-E3 press conference. The video, which we’ve embedded above, shows a bright, glittering, futuristic metropolis with a dark underbelly.

We expect to learn more about the game during the week.

The game was first announced in 2012 during CD Projekt Red’s Summer Conference, shortly after the release of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. CD Projekt Red has set the project in the Cyberpunk universe, created by designer Mike Pondsmith in 1988 for his tabletop role-playing game, titled Cyberpunk 2020.

From that game’s official description:

The Corporations control the world from their skyscraper fortresses, enforcing their rule with armies of cyborg assassins. On the Street, Boostergangs roam a shattered urban wilderness, killing and looting. The rest of the world is a perpetual party, as fashion-model beautiful techies rub biosculpt jobs with battle armored roadwarriors in the hottest clubs, sleaziest bars and meanest streets this side of the Postholocaust. The Future never looked so bad.

But you can change it. You’ve got interface plugs in your wrists, weapons in your arms, lasers in your eyes, bio-chip programs screaming in your brain. You’re wired in, cyberenhanced and solid state as you can take it to the fatal Edge where only the toughest and coolest can go. Because you’re CYBERPUNK.

Pondsmith recently wrote on CD Projekt’s official website that the he has tried unsuccessfully and for years to get a Cyberpunk game off the ground. He settled on the Polish game developer, however, because they had, “the Right Feel, the Right Tech, the Right Resources and (most important) the Right Team.”

Cyberpunk 2077 was originally slated for release in 2015, but the game was pushed back to make room for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

A female punk in a blue jacket faces down a massive mech while mohawked bystanders move along a crowded city street.
The very first piece of concept art released for Cyberpunk 2077 in 2012.
CD Projekt Red

In 2013, representatives of CD Projekt Red said that Cyberpunk 2077 would include multiplayer features. However, the game would retain a core focus as a single-player RPG.

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