Coming out of E3, you probably heard a lot about the closed-doors Cyberpunk 2077 demo, with our impressions of the game and choosing it as our game of the show from E3. That demo, however, could still be a lot earlier than people think, with CD Projekt Red Adam Kici?ski describing it as “not even alpha yet.”
The quote comes from an interview with Polish website Bankier.pl, run through Google Translate, where Kici?ski described the early state of the demo as “early stages” to explain why the game isn’t being shown to everyone quite yet. “It’s not close to final yet,” Kici?ski says.
CD Projekt chief financial officer Piotr Nielubowicz added “This is the most polished part of the game we have now, prepared in some sense to show it to people outside the company.” Nielubowicz also mentioned that, when they do reveal the game to the public at large, they’re doing it in style. The Cyberpunk 2077 marketing budget is much larger than The Witcher 3’s and the studio has been holding on to cash reserves to help market the game.
In the meantime, you can read the new Grind Time, which talks about Cyberpunk 2077 details we didn’t talk about at E3.
I can understand their reticence, honestly. They showed Witcher 3 with an optimistic view of what they could pull off and the public at large got mad at the downgrades with what was still a very good looking game. They probably want to make sure what they have is what they can deliver.