As expected, CD Projekt -- Polish developers of The Witcher series -- have lifted the veil off their new RPG, revealing that not only will it be a dystopic cyberpunk sci-fi epic, but will also be licensing the actual "Cyberpunk" pen and paper RPG system and collaborating with it's creator Mike Pondsmith and Talsorian.
CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski promised gamers that this game would have all of the hallmarks of the Witcher series that has made the developer so well-known and loved, and even more. Their upcoming RPG will be designed for mature and demanding players who expect to be treated seriously, and the game will be richly detailed, non-linear, and with a complex and gripping story. This much is expected from the talented studio, but the new universe brings with it some new twists in their game design. Players will experience the world through their own, unique characters chosen from different classes - be they blood-thirsty mercenaries or cunning hackers who they will equip with vast choice of cybernetic implants and deadly weapons. As in The Witcher series, players will face morally ambiguous choices, their actions influencing events in the world at large and the fate of the individuals they encounter.
Oddly, they do not appear to have announced an official title for the game, referring to it in the press release only as "based on" the Cyberpunk P&P RPG, so it's not clear whether it will share its precise name or that of one of its sub-stories. A piece of official concept art, does however show a simple "Cyberpunk" logo.
No news on the rumoured next The Witcher game came out of the conference, but CDP did confirm that The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition will now also be coming to Mac this Spring (US Fall) and that the game's PC and Xbox 360 sales to date now top over 1.7 million.
The ever-altruistic developer also reminded us that the Enhanced Edition upgrade is available for free for all previous PC owners of The Witcher 2 and that even players that purchased the boxed DVD version of both The Witcher 2 and now also the original The Witcher can now access a free online backup copy via GOG.com simply by entering their product keys on this page.
The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition for PC, can now also be had (for a limited time) for only US$29.99 from GOG.com.
Update, we now have the full Summer Conference video online for your streaming pleasure embedded below (or here in our video library).