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Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in a far-off future where man and machine are coming together as one and technology permeates every facet of our existence. Of course, what that means in a video game is that players will have a wide array of weird tools at their disposal. For those who find themselves in conflict, CD Projekt Red presents the option to use weapons to fight for survival. As discussed in the Cyberpunk 2077 deep-dive stream, the weapons on offer come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and capabilities.
“Our guns are divided into three main categories,” explained quest designer Pawel Sasako. “There are smart guns, [which] basically shoot homing bullets that follow targets. There is also tech weapons, and the tech weapons are those that have additional capabilities to the–for instance, they could pierce cover.
Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Deep Dive
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“Then there are power weapons … mainly focused on being street-grade weapons. They have additional skills and capabilities connected to the fact that have been [modified] in some way. For instance, there is a bursting shotgun or something like that. We have put plenty of work into making sure that the weapons feel [good] and they have weight.”
Naturally, weapons have various quirks to them that players will be able to use to their advantage. “There’s lots of really cool examples that I can give. For instance, there’s a handgun that, as you use it, it actually speeds up the bullets and the longer you use it the faster the bullets become, so they can do more damage,” Sasako explained.
“There’s a class of handguns that have been created by a Russian company to fight cyborgs and that weapon is able to heat up the bullet to the point where it almost becomes like melted plastic. It’s done so you can shoot off a cyborg’s arms, for example. There’s always a small piece of story wrapped up around the weapon and what it does.
“What’s interesting is you can use a second firing mode for a weapon. Not all weapons have them, but some of them if you use it in a specific way, like for example the tech rifle, it changes the way it collapses together and allows it to pierce through cover and enemies. Or you can bounce bullets off the walls using ricochet. We tried to put enough depth into the gun.”
Even as development continues, more outrageous weapons are being created. Sasako recounted seeing “an awesome shotgun that has eight barrels and it shoots out of them at the same time.”
Senior level designer Miles Tost added that a lot of the companies that make the guns and tech in Cyberpunk 2077’s world have lore and history. That includes the brands and ads in the game, which are crafted by an entire team at the studio.
Phillip Weber, another quest designer, also noted that there are a variety of melee weapons, ranging from broken bottles strewn around the city to knives. You can specialize in melee weapons–perhaps because you want to be a cyber ninja–and often there are weapons that cater to this style, such as katanas. Cyberware for melee also exists, as seen in previous demos where a character punched his way through different environments.
The deep-dive had plenty more to offer in terms of details. We got lots of information on how sidequests will work in Cyberpunk 2077, as well as how cyberware will change gameplay. CD Projekt Red also teased that it wants to solve an annoying RPG problem with the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020. You can read more about the title’s collector’s edition and pre-order bonuses in our Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order guide.