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!