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Cyberpunk 2077 is playable at E3 - but only by the devs

CDPR says that Cyberpunk 2077 demos will be hands-off, and that they'll be the only ones playing the latest build

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While rumours suggest we’ll get word of a release date for Cyberpunk 2077 at E3, we definitely won’t be getting our hands on the next game from CD Projekt Red. In a tweet this morning, global community lead Marcin Momot confirmed that the dystopian RPG won’t be available to play on the show floor, but fans will get a closer look at the upcoming title.

Momot’s tweet (via PC Gamer) says “to answer many questions about the demo and whether or not Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable at E3 — we are going to be hosting gameplay presentations (game played by us) in that cinema.”

Hands-off demos of Cyberpunk 2077 dominated coverage of the game at last year’s convention, but those were reserved for journalists, rather than members of the public. Footage from that demo was eventually published after Gamescom a few months later. As for whatever’s at E3 this year, I’d assume that CDPR will be showing off something substantially different to the footage from last summer.

That’s backed up by a statement from quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, who said last month that Cyberpunk 2077 is “pretty different” to what CDPR showed off last year. That was just a single vertical slice of what promises to be a pretty big game, so it’s not surprising that the finished product will look different, but hopefully we’ll see evidence of that next month.

As someone who’s not going to E3, I’m just hoping for a Cyberpunk 2077 release date. Thankfully, CEO Adam Kiciński seems to think that Los Angeles in June is a great spot to announce release dates, so we should have news on that front by the time the conferences draw to a close.

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Of course, there’s also the potential for discussions about the second “triple-A RPG” set to come from CD Projekt by the end of 2021. The focus is very much on Cyberpunk, but I’m getting (unrealistically) excited for the prospect of The Witcher 4. We’re a long way from that, but given the studio’s attachment to Geralt and company, a tiny teaser would tide me over for ages.