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CD Projekt Red Announces New "Cyberpunk" RPG

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Having stopped just short of treppaning my own head to give my brain USB connectivity, it's fair to say that I'm rather fond of cyberpunk. I'm also most fond of The Witcher, with its adult subject matter, socio-political themes, and of course, enough side quests to keep my OCD at bay during work hours.

Now, Witcher developer CD Projekt Red is embarking on a new quest: one fraught not with zombie dogs, spells, or redheaded witches depicted in lascivious poses on trading cards (my inner feminist is seething right now), but in the harrowing dystopia that is, as creative works innumerable have shown us, the future. Indeed, the company is currently drawing up plans for a cyberpunk-themed RPG, based on Mike Pondsmith's pen and paper RPG, "Cyberpunk 2020."

Yet the news is not strictly for gamers. For those who have what men of business call "a college education," there exists the chance, wished upon a wayward star, to get in on the creative action. While the new game will feature some old faces from The Witcher development team, CD Projekt Red is currently seeking "talented artists, programmers and designers" to assist in their forthcoming venture.

Of course, one might expect, the upcoming title follow in the footsteps of The Witcher, by creating a story that is more "adult" than its RPG contemporaries, and indeed this seems to be the case. During the company's Summer Conference in Warsaw, CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski stated that the game "will be designed for mature and demanding players who expect to be treated seriously." Optimists will hope for a game that caters to the intellectual: a series of compelling stories dealing with political and economic power - each probing the minds of complex characters, their interactions, and asking questions about human nature - coalescing into some kind of grand, overarching plot. Cynics will no doubt insist that this is all window dressing for CD Projekt's "Bang Everything that Moves Simulator, Mk. III." As poets of olde probably would not have said, "Having sailed the seas of chastity for many a moon, mine ears hath heard the siren call of this - foul temptress of men's souls, and defiler of their godly nature - the badonkadonk."

We'll keep you updated as things develop!

via Evolve PR

6 Comments

Nexus said:

Question: Can you play the Witcher games without engaging in straight sex?

I wish I knew with the first one that the collector's edition was gonna have an 'artbook' in it full of pin-ups of naked women.
Ugh! I could've done without that.

Nikademus said:

"Having sailed the seas of chastity for many a moon, mine ears hath heard the siren call of this - foul temptress of men's souls, and defiler of their godly nature - the badonkadonk."

Yep, gotta clean off my monitor now...

SuperSwede said:

@nexus: as far as I remember, the sex is entirely optional -- someone phrase correct me if I'm wrong

Since SNES' Shadowrun, I've been waiting for another good cyberpunk RPG to play (though Shadowrun has fantasy elements, I know, but i like them anyways). I really hope it is not a shooter with RPG elements.

magritte said:

I think it's technically possible to complete the game without straight sex, but because of the choices I made, I got into a situation where the only way I could figure out to progress was to have sex. Or rather to take a flirty dialogue option that led to sex without my ever consciously choosing it. But that was just part of a larger issue of simply not liking or empathizing with the character I was supposed to be playing.

There are some things I like about their work: they do present politics much more realistically than say, Bioware. But I'm reluctant to play games with strongly written protagonists, and personally, I think they push the "dark" aspect so far it verges on comical. (e.g. the old lady screaming "I'm dying, I'm dying" in the street)

Mercurywater said:

Wait but isn't there only straight sex in those games?

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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