The Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2018 demo that the public has yet to see is a very early build of the game, which may be surprising given the raving reviews its received.
CD Projekt president Adam Kiciński recently discussed the demo with Polish outlet Bankier, revealing that the E3 demo was only a pre-alpha build of the game.
“No, earlier,” Kiciński responded when asked if the demo was an alpha build. “Therefore, we show the game behind closed doors—this is not the final quality yet. This is the most polished part of the game we have now, prepared in some sense to show it to people outside the company.”
This explanation makes it understandable why the developer was not yet comfortable showing it to the masses. It may have been impressive, but much can go wrong with a game build that soon in development. It also means that it will likely be a while before the game is ready for launch, potentially upwards of two years or more. That said, the developer has assured fans that it is planning to launch the game during this current console generation.
Closing the demo behind private doors didn’t stop the developers from talking about it, as a surprising amount of details on the game were revealed during E3 2018. Fans learned that the game won’t have in-game loading screens, will have full nudity, won’t support non-lethal playthroughs, and more. We also learned that the game will not launch with multiplayer, and while the developer acknowledged that multiplayer showing up sometime after launch is possible, it is looking more probable now that we’ve learned the developer is hiring multiplayer experts.
With Cyberpunk 2077 so early in development, it is hard to say when we’ll see the first gameplay, let alone play it. The audio from the behind-closed-doors demo leaked after the show, and while it may not be nearly as satisfying without the video, it can still paint a picture of what we have to look forward to.
Source: VG 24/7