As previously teased, a teaser trailer for CD Projekt Red's futuristic RPG Cyberpunk 2077 has been released.
Along with the trailer, the developer has released a load of new plot details. It tells of a dark future in which a new craze known as the 'Braindance' - a technology which lets you experience the thrills of someone else's life - is driving people crazy, creating homicidal 'Phychos' who roam the streets.
Here's the official blurb:
In Cyberpunk 2077, the player will be thrown into a dark future. The metropolis of Night City is a stage set to tell the tale of one individual, raised on the streets, who tries to lift himself up from the gutter and find a way to survive amongst boostergangs and megacorporations in a city of filth and sin. Drugs, violence, poverty and exclusion haven't disappeared by 2077, as people stayed they were for centuries - greedy, closed-minded and weak. But not only ghosts of the past trouble mankind, but new issues have appeared. Psychos go on rampages and the streets are filled with junkies addicted to a new form of entertainment - the braindance, a cheap way to experience the emotions and stimuli of someone else, someone living a more exciting life.
Braindances are digital recordings of a person's experience. The viewer can stream a braindance directly into his neural system via special brain augmentations, called a BD player. Braindances allow the viewer to experience all brain processes registered, including emotions, muscle movements and all stimuli perceived by the recording person.
The range of themes of these recordings varies from simple braindances made by megacorporations, which e.g. allow the viewer to feel the full experience of an explorer with all its thrills, sweats, smells, views, sounds and the real feeling of curiosity that pushes men to go beyond the horizon against fear and physical weakness. But there are also more controversial sides of braindance, because some recordings are created illegally in the underground. Entering the mind of a serial killer means not only seeing the monstrosity he performs, but also living his lust to kill and fulfillment.
As CDPR explains, when police find themselves unable to control a Psycho outbreak, they call in the 'MAX-TAC' (Maximum Force Tactical Division), also known as the Psycho Squad.
According to the developer, the teaser trailer shows "how the Psycho Squad might acquire a new member". It adds, "The Psycho Squad specializes in combating 'psychos' -- individuals who overuse implants and substances that boost or otherwise alter the human body."
CDPR describes the game as a "multi-thread, nonlinear story designed for mature players" set in the sprawling metropolis of Night City and its surroundings.
"Players will have a chance to freely roam the open-world environment and visit places well known from the pen-and-paper RPG 'Cyberpunk 2020', including a combat zone completely taken over by gangs, the legendary Afterlife joint and the nostalgic Forlorn Hope," says CDPR.
There's no word on a release date.