Developer CD Projekt Red is one step closer to reaching its goal of releasing Cyberpunk 2077 on current-gen consoles, as the game has finally reached a completely playable state.
So, you might be asking yourself, if it’s playable, why is CDPR still being so cagey about revealing gameplay footage? Well, it still seems like the developer has a lot of work ahead of it. Apparently, Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t even have all of its assets in place yet, nor has any play-testing taken place. The infamous gameplay demo shown behind closed doors at E3 2018 was from a pre-alpha build, which is impressive in its own right, but now that the game is in a playable state, we have a feeling it will enter alpha soon enough.
Now that we know what stage Cyberpunk 2077‘s development is in, we can make a more educated guess about when it might launch. I think the earliest we’ll probably see it is late 2019, given that the complexity of its RPG elements and how buggy massive games like this can be will probably make play-testing an extensive process. It doesn’t help that CDPR was still hiring multiplayer experts to work on the game just recently. Hopefully that doesn’t mean that a late multiplayer development will interfere with the single-player campaign’s release, but it wouldn’t be the first time.
At least the game is already giving players something to do. A recent cyberpunk-esque Easter egg led dedicated fans down an interesting rabbit hole that could at least hint at one major gameplay mechanic that hints at the sort of desperate trials we might face when playing Cyberpunk 2077: buying health insurance.