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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Why Is Cyberpunk 2077 So Anticipated?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's another “Ludwig displays how uncultured he is” article.

I took the advice of my staff and didn't look at social media during and right before E3 2019. Not only because I was a busy investigating Koopa (and then a jailed Koopa), but because of “leaks” that threatened the sanctity, sanity, and expectations of the viewing audience.

As a result, when Cyberpunk 2077 was being shown during the Microsoft E3 2019 conference, we... didn't really recognise it as something that was standout. Meanwhile, social media was exploding in activity over it

Keanu Reeves appearing at the conference for the game didn't affect anything for me or anyone else in the log. I just saw him as yet another Hollywood celebrity. I don't like celebrities. I don't even know what a “John Wick” is, but I thought it was a Game of Thrones character. (It's not.) Shows what I know. Keanu Reeves is not even portraying the main character of Cyberpunk 2077, and he can't be, since the main character is totally customisable and could even be a female. I really don't see what the big deal even is about him being on the game's staff. Keanu Reeves doesn't even play videogames, so why do gamers care what he thinks about them or what he does?

Cyberpunk 2077 Johnny Silverhand Keanu Reeves E3 2019 trailer
How is it featuring Keanu Reeves if he only appears for a few seconds at the very end of the trailer?
Isn't this whole thing just clickbait?

I didn't even remember that Cyberpunk 2077 was shown at the end of the Microsoft E3 2018, as the game that “hacked” the conference. Rawk seemingly didn't remember either, since he made the exact same Fallout 76 comment (2077 vs. 2076) both times. (In fact, he made it a third time while we were discussing the game tonight to prep for this article.) I had to find out that it was at E3 2018 from reading the game's Wikipedia article, and Cyberpunk 2077 apparently won awards at both E3 2018 and E3 2019.

The game has been announced since 2012 with a teaser trailer released in 2013... that showed absolutely nothing of value, but said the game would be “Coming when it's ready.” And that wasn't for many years. Most people have forgotten about it since, right? Why give that the time of day?

People are also excited because they say they really like the cyberpunk atmosphere and setting. Not really sure why it's super-appealing to apparently millions of people. I'm on record for liking steampunk more than cyberpunk. I concede that this is a totally subjective point, but you're leading me to believe that there is a contingent of super cyberpunks who will heavily promote any media that falls into the style. Is that true?

Finally, I've seen gamers explain their excitement by simply being hyped for anything released by CD Projekt Red, the Polish developer otherwise known for the critically-acclaimed The Witcher franchise. I don't sympathise with that way of thinking. You don't see me adoring everything Nintendo publishes, or any company for that matter. And to do it without even really knowing what the game actually is? The only thing that I universally proclaim as amazing are all of KoopaTV's articles, and of course I'd say that. (...Though it's true.) Otherwise, it'd just prejudice.

There is a rather lengthy gameplay demo from CD Projekt Red. I... optimistically assume everyone that's excited about the game watched this and likes it based on this demo:

People's gaming hype should be based off gameplay, right?

Because that doesn't look like most people's reasons for liking it. I mean, I watched that gameplay reveal video before publishing this article—not because the content was very intriguing, but just to do my due diligence—and I don't see why it has significantly more attention than, say, Watch Dogs: Legion or The Division. Maybe it's the game's fondness for nudity, which is not my style. Neither are ambitious open-world games in general. Maybe that's my problem for why nothing in Cyberpunk 2077 clicks with me. I figure the ambitious open-world RPG your-decisions-matter shtick is impressive for 2012, but 2020? I don't understand why this particular game gets to rise above the genre saturation.

Cyberpunk 2077 2nd Amendment building sign
The 2nd Amendment is my style, but... that's not enough for me to get the appeal.

A good comment to this article would explain why you're interested in Cyberpunk 2077... or if you're not interested, why none of the reasons other people provide are compelling to you. Maybe you can also explain about this Keanu Reeves dude.

It turns out that Cyberpunk 2077 was a total disaster upon release because it's riddled with bugs. So much so that CD Projekt is getting sued.

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