One of the biggest games coming out next year is bound to disappoint – if you pay attention to all of the press coming out lately. It’s pretty interesting to watch how Cyberpunk 2077 has gone from being the darling of development to a source of recent controversy. Heck, if the company hadn’t trotted out actor Keanu Reeves, it is hard to tell where the story about Cyberpunk 2077 would be right now. So why the sudden change? Is Cyberpunk 2077 bound to disappoint or is the press just starting fires where none existed?
It seems to be a mixture of both. After all, how often does the press delve into the development of other major titles in such a way that casts aspersions on one of the biggest developers out there? It seems to be a well-known thing that video game production is not easy, least of all on the programmers. But focusing on triple-A game development doesn’t seem to change anything but it does bring in clicks. Perhaps this is because sustained criticism of game development, day in, day out, is not really a viable option for outlets that make a lot of their money off of publisher advertising.
And that brings us to the second option: Is Cyberpunk 2077 going to be less than we wanted? It depends on your expectations – pretty much everyone expects the world of this game – but you’d be safe in betting your hard-earned money on Cyberpunk 2077 being a commercial and sales success. It’s going to make a ton of money and probably spawn a legion of properties surrounding it.
To answer the central question of this article, “Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 will be a disappointment,” but that is because gamer expectations are pretty much all over the place and the devs haven’t really done much to pull that back. Nonetheless, the game is going to sell like gangbusters and make a ton of money all while getting rave reviews. That just seems inevitable at this point, doesn’t it? If it failed, it would be the video game story of the decade for sure.
It is somewhat surreal that the game is coming out next year and we really don’t know that much about it. Again, this goes back to the expectations point of this article which is that, if you don’t clue gamers into what they should expect, their imagination will fill in the gaps. It’s also pretty tough to tell what people want out of Cyberpunk 2077. An easy answer would be “The Witcher 3, but with cyberpunk elements.” Even that is somewhat vague, though.
From action to narrative, Cyberpunk 2077 is largely a mystery and that’s ok. Perhaps the somewhat negative press is a way of drawing out answers from CD Projekt Red or maybe they’re actual warnings that the game might not be what we all expected. But, as discussed above, if you don’t really know what to expect, it’s hard not to be disappointed…or pleasantly surprised.