Cyberpunk 2077 Demo Reveals Controversial First-Person Gameplay

Cyberpunk 2077 is going first-person, but is it still an RPG?

Cyberpunk 2077

Developer CD Projekt Red surprised quite a few people recently by revealing that Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person RPG and not a third-person RPG like we saw in CD Projekt Red’s Witcher series. 

While there are segments of Cyberpunk that play out in third-person – most notably the driving sequences – it seems that the vast majority of the game plays out from a first-person perspective. That includes the game’s combat which plays much closer to a first-person shooter than fans were expecting. There are even numbers that appear above enemies to indicate the damage you are doing. We’ve seen a similar effect in titles like Destiny and even Fortnite

This change in player perspective has changed the perspective of several potential players who worry that CD Projekt Red is abandoning the hardcore RPG stylings of The Witcher series for a more digestible shooter action game. Already, we see fans threatening to not purchase the game due to this recently confirmed feature.

However, all reports from the game’s closed doors demo indicate that Cyberpunk is very much an RPG. While the game will clearly differ wildly from The Witcher (some say it feels a little closer to a deeper Deus Ex game) it still utilizes elements like complicated storytelling, character traits, and other RPG staples. 

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In fact, there are quite a few new RPG elements to enjoy in this game. For instance, there’s a meter that keeps track of the street cred you gain from wearing certain clothing, and there’s even a “cool” stat that seems to be tied to your player’s charisma. Also, you don’t really pick a character class from the outset, but rather craft a backstory for your character and then develop them as you play the game in whatever manner you deem fit. Everyone who saw the demo emphasizes how much your choices matter and how often they come into play. 

All-in-all those who witnessed the Cyberpunk footage note that you should stop expecting this to be a cyberpunk version of The Witcher. Instead, it looks like CD Projekt Red are going for something a little different with this game. Still, it sounds very much like the kind of grand RPG experience you’d expect from this studio.