After having seen the gorgeous Cyberpunk 2077 demo that CD Projekt RED just livestreamed, you might be wondering whether it’s part of the actual game or just a vertical slice.
If you’re wondering about the terminology, a vertical slice is an early-development demo created to give an idea of the look and feel of the game, but it usually doesn’t appear in the finished product.
At Gamescom 2018 in Cologne, Germany, DualShockers had a chat with Quest Designer Patrick Mills, and we asked exactly that. Will gamers get to play this sequence when the game launches?
“Yes, it is a part of the game, and that’s why I don’t want to call it a vertical slice. What you’re seeing here is from early in the game.”
That being said, Millis clarified that there might be some differences when the game launches since it’s still in development, but we’ll get to play this quest early in our playthrough.
The fact that the game is still in development and that things can change was echoed by Game Director Adam Badowski in a press release that followed the gameplay reveal.
“What we’re releasing today was recorded from a game deep in development. Since many of the assets and mechanics in the current version of Cyberpunk 2077 are most likely to be modified, we initially decided to show this gameplay only to media. Elements like gunplay (both in terms of visuals and how RPG stats influence it), netrunning, car physics, or the game’s UI — everything’s pretty much still in the playtest phase and we felt uneasy about publicly committing to any particular design. Animation glitches, work-in-progress character facial expressions, early versions of locations — all this made us hesitant to release what you’re about to see.”
“However, we are also well aware that many of you want to see what the media saw Although this is probably not the same game you’ll see on your screen when we launch, we still decided to share this 48-minute video with you. This is how Cyberpunk 2077 looks today. Let us know what you think!”
If you want to see more of the game, you can check out some recently-released concept art and a batch of screenshots that were showcased at Gamescom. You can also watch the first cinematic trailer from E3 2018.
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