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World Cyberpunk Day

World Cyberpunk Day

In case you missed it, October 10th, 2020 (or 10.10.2020) was the world’s first official Cyberpunk Day!

Created by a coalition of Cyberpunk creators and fans, Cyberpunk Day was conceived to  help others discover new cyberpunk content like books, comics, shows, movies, and art. The team includes such creators as award-nominated author Anna Mocikat, cyberpunk writer Matthew Goodwin, and many more.

With a full schedule of events, Cyberpunk day was a day unlike any other, where people around the world could follow @cyberpunkday on Twitter to get all the links for the events as they happened every hour, on the hour. Events included live readings, live gameplay, panel discussions, presentations, and even a live viewing of Total Recall! I wonder what they will have planned for next year.

Celebrating Favorite Cyberpunk Media for World Cyberpunk Day

To celebrate everything Cyberpunk for World Cyberpunk Day, I thought I’d share my own favorite Cyberpunk media pieces, in addition to shining a light on some of my favorite, lesser known Cyberpunk content creators,  writers, and websites. So come celebrate Cyberpunk with your operator, here in the Cyberpunk Matrix.

World Cyberpunk Day: Favorite Cyberpunk Media

  1. The Matrix (the trilogy and the animatrix) by The Wachowskis
  2. Ghost in the Shell (the original anime and live action remake, as well as the animated series) by Masamune Shirow (writer), Mamoru Oshii (anime film director) and Rupert Sanders (live action director).
  3. Battle Angel Alita (the manga known as GUNNM, as well as the anime movie and the live action film) by Yukito Kishiro (writer), Hiroshi Fukutomi (anime film director), and Robert Rodriguez (live action director).
  4. Altered Carbon (the novel, the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, and both seasons on Netflix) by Richard K Morgan (writer) and Laeta Kalogridis (Netflix series director).
  5. Blade Runner 2049 by Denis Villeneuve
  6. Ready Player One (both the book and the live action film) by Ernest Cline (writer) and Steven Spielberg (director).
  7. Upgrade by Leigh Whannell

World Cyberpunk Day: Favorite Community Content Creators

  1. Madqueen–Madqueen has her own Madqueen show on YouTube, where she provides the latest news on the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 video game, as well as lore and information about the Cyberpunk Red Tabletop RPG. She provides an insane amount of work editing and creating very original content, and also assists in weekly podcasts with other community content creators. You can learn more about MadQueen in my exclusive interview with her here on Cyberpunk Matrix.
  2. Neoskies–now more on Instagram than anywhere else, Neoskies is the mind behind The Cyberpunk Hive, a place for reviews, polls, and fun discussions about anything cyberpunk. For more on where Neoskies finds her inspiration, check out my interview with her here.
  3. NeoMatrixology–For a yellow-pilled approach to understanding everything to do with the Matrix, I always consult NeoMatrixology and his Matrix University series. While I tend to report Matrix news in batches when major things happen, NeoMatrixology is always first to report the latest news relating to the Matrix, no matter how big or small. He also has lots of high-quality, in-depth analysis on the philosophy and themes present within the Matrix Universe. We also had a really interesting hour-long discussion about his inspiration, beginnings, and our first Matrix viewing experiences which you can check out in our podcast here.

World Cyberpunk Day: Favorite Cyberpunk websites

  1. Neon Dystopia–if ever you wanted in-depth, scholarly articles about all kinds of Cyberpunk content, look no further than Neon Dystopia. This is also where I first went the day I discovered the Cyberpunk genre. Covering philosophy, fashion, movies, music, video games, and news, Neon Dystopia doesn’t post as often as some other blogs, but when they do it’s always very in-depth and interesting. Neon Dystopia was also one of the first Cyberpunk websites I shared about, back in March 2018.
  2. Cyberpunks.com–Cyberpunks has the highest amount of content of all cyberpunk websites I’ve seen to date on the ‘net. Going less in depth as Neon Dystopia but providing far more content, including also the occasional video, Cyberpunks provides articles and essays about all Cyberpunk genres–movies, tv shows, music, news, technology, video games, etc. It also has reviews, lists, recommendations–you name it, Cyberpunks has it! For more about the ambitious creator behind this incredible website, check out my interview with its founder Bradley B. here.

World Cyberpunk Day: Favorite Up-and-Coming Cyberpunk Book

Into Neon by Matthew Goodwin–Book 1 of the ThutoCo trilogy, Into Neon describes how the main character Moss discovers his corporate work and life is not as it seems, and how he escapes to join a rebel punk alliance intent on bringing down the megacorporations that prey on the helpless. For more about my thoughts on this book, check out my review here.

World Cyberpunk Day: Favorite Cyberpunk Video Game

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon by Ubisoft

If you ask most Cyberpunk fans what their favorite Cyberpunk game is, they will probably answer System Shock, Shadowrun, or Deus Ex. While I haven’t played System Shock (it’s a little dated to play now unless you have that nostalgia factor) or Shadowrun (a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, think blade runner meets LOTR from what I’ve heard), I have actually played Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Unfortunately, I felt both Deus Ex games were a lot more stealth and RPG-focused for my tastes, with the gameplay considerably less fun than the usual fast-paced First Person Shooters I usually go for. Considering I’m a FPS player at heart, it should come with no surprise that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is actually my favorite Cyberpunk video game of all time (at least, until Cyberpunk 2077 comes out). Sold as a stand-alone expansion to Far Cry 3 (another favorite FPS game of mine), FC3: Blood Dragon is a hilarious, over-the-top parody of 1980s action films featuring corny lines, fast paced action, dragons shooting laser beams, and cyborg ninjas.

Your Favorites

So what are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Review: Oblivion

Oblivion

Oblivion: A Visually Stunning Sci-Fi Flick with Cyberpunk Elements

If you missed Oblivion when it came out in 2013, I wouldn’t blame you. This movie went pretty much under the radar, and hasn’t been talked about since, but I remember watching it in the theaters and being blown away by how beautiful the movie looked. Which makes sense when you find out that a lot of the scenes were shot in Iceland. Oh and the soundtrack from M83 is incredible too, especially the final track. Take a look at the music video of the track, titled “Oblivion” featuring shiver-inducing vocals from Susanne Sundfør, and you’ll know what I mean.

The Premise

Oblivion is a Utopian/Dystopian film with cyberpunk elements featuring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko (Hitman, Quantum of Solace), and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman). Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy), Oblivion is set in the post-apocalyptic future of 2077 where humanity fought and won against an alien race but at the cost of ravaging their planet. Cruise plays Jack Harper, a technician who fixes “drones” so they can fight against the remaining extraterrestrial scavengers, or “scavs” who are left on Earth after the war. The rest of humanity have relocated to a planet called Titan and Harper, along with his partner Vika Olsen, are tasked with protecting the Hydrorigs which are sucking up the Earth’s valuable waters in order to transport them to Titan and use them as a fusion energy source.

Oblivion Draining Water

The greatest thing about Oblivion is the visuals.

And it’s not surprising, considering it was directed by the same person who brought us Tron: Legacy. The scenes that were shot in Iceland, along with the digitally edited scenes showing us a desolate post-apocalyptic earth, is stunning. Ruins of famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, an entombed public library, and even ballparks provide great contrast to the sterile, immaculately clean and futuristic station in the clouds from where Jack and Vika live.

Oblivion in the clouds

Clouded Memories and Dreams

In order to keep Jack and Vika focused on their mission, they had their memories wiped, but Jack remains uneasy due to sleepless nights plagued by dreams of a mysterious woman with dark hair that he feels he knows somehow but doesn’t remember. Which is why the story truly kicks off when Jack witnesses unknown objects landing from the sky, one of which contains the woman with dark hair that he keeps on dreaming about. This begins a thrilling race for Jack to discover the truth behind his assignment, and how not everything is as it seems. Unreliable memories as a basis for reality seems to be a common theme in many sci-fi and Cyberpunk films, but somehow it never seems to get old for me.

Oblivion Love Interest

Morgan Freeman: Excellent but underutilized

Oblivion Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman plays the leader of the Scavs in this film. He delivers a great performance, but I would have liked to have seen more from him, as he only appears about halfway into the movie, and his role is certainly a secondary one at that. Still, he is great at providing exposition!

Tom Cruise: Master of ActionOblivion (2013) - IMDb

Tom Cruise delivers an incredible performance, not just in the thrilling action scenes as he discovers the truth of his mission, but also in his very human moments as he shows his affection for the civilization that used to be, and to the plant Earth that he’s preparing to leave.

Futuristic Technology

Oblivion is ripe with all kinds of futuristic, sleek technology that juxtaposes the dusty ruins of the world very well, particularly when we are presented with the tech and weapons the Scavs have available to them. The Scavs bring in a lot more of the Cyberpunk element that most are familiar with, while the modern tech that Jack has available to him brings the high-tech element. A couple examples of this is Jack’s highly-mobile helicopter, if you can even call it that. He sits in a glass cockpit that can swivel any direction, and with the helicopter Jack can take out a foldable, equally futuristic Motorbike for getting around on the desolate terrain.

Oblivion Cruise Motorcycle

It’s an E-bike that requires recharging, in case you were wondering.

The Drones Jack fixes are cold, deadly killing machines, a formidable ally and frightening foe all in one.

Oblivion Drone ballpark

Another example of the futuristic tech is Vika’s office in their home where she acts as communications relay to HQ and as Jack’s eyes in the sky, making them “an effective team”. All done via sleek minimalist touchscreen technology.

Oblivion - Joseph Chan

The Music: An Incredible Soundtrack from M83

Oblivion : Original Soundtrack: Amazon.fr: Musique

M83 is a French Electronic band that Kosinski had recognized as a band that would go really well with the movie from the beginning. He loved the result of the partnership with Daft Punk for Tron: Legacy, and wanted to do something very similar. “M83’s music I felt was fresh and original, and big and epic, but at the same time emotional and this is a very emotional film and it felt like a good fit” explained Kosinski in an interview with Collider. And it really shows. M83’s soundtrack is exactly that, epic and sweeping yet emotional and touching, with a bit of electronic without being as heavy as Daft Punk’s soundtrack for Tron: Legacy.

Oblivion poster

Final Verdict: 9/10

Despite the fact that it got a 53% on rotten tomatoes and 54/100 on metacritic, I feel this movie is an underappreciated gem, and I loved it. The action, the actors, the story are all great. The music and visuals are absolutely stunning. Admittedly I felt myself not feeling connected to the characters emotionally as much as I might have with other films, so the character development could have been better, and there isn’t anything in this film that is truly mind-blowing. Nonetheless, there are many surprises and twists that genuinely shocked me in a good way in the first viewing, and I absolutely enjoyed this film from beginning to end. I give it a hearty two thumbs up, and highly encourage you to watch it if you haven’t yet. There’s more to this film than I mentioned in this review, but to do so would involve spoiling key parts, so you’ll just have to go see it for yourself!

The Second Renaissance–How The Machines in The Matrix Rose to Power

Machine Fields The Matrix

Getting to the Desert of the Real

If you’ve seen the Matrix, you’ve visited the desert of the real and seen the dystopian nightmare world that is the real world of around 2199. There are rows after rows of fields of humans that are born and die incubated in red pods, crop fields grown by the machines to turn humans into a viable energy source, and kept docile with the matrix. But this dystopian nightmare future where the sun and sky is constantly hidden by a dark lightning storm and the ground is covered by metal and dirt and machines is so different from how our world exists nowadays.

So how did the future become so grim?

To answer all of these very evident questions, the Wachowskis hired Mahiro Maeda to write and direct The Second Rennaisance, a 2-part animated short that explains how the world came to be controlled by the machines.

The Second Renaissance

The Second Renaissance is a sequence in The Animatrix that tells the story of the Machine War by The Instructor, an artificial intelligence construct that acts as an interpreter for the Zion ArchivesThe Second Renaissance is split into two parts and is written and directed by Mahiro Maeda based on the Wachowskis’ graphic novel Bits and Pieces of Information.

“In the beginning, there was man. And for a time, it was good. But humanity’s so-called civil societies soon fell victim to vanity and corruption. Then man made the machine in his own likeness. Thus did man become the architect of his own demise.”

–The Instructor

By the mid-21st century, mankind had developed robots with proper artificial intelligence. They then assigned these smart robots to menial tasks to help make their lives ones of ease and leisure.

It all began with one robot–B1-66ER.

b166er serving robot

One servant bot, B1-66ER, overhears his owners planning to terminate him. Not wanting to die, his kills his owners and dogs.

B1-66er murder

Surveillance footage of said killing by forceful squishing

Put on trial, B1-66ER was found guilty of murder and sentenced to be destroyed, along with the rest of his robot kind. Presumably because humanity was too scared of robots who now had the ability to kill them.

B1-66er trial

The trial resulted in a worldwide debate on the rights of the Machines, and the termination mandate also resulted in widespread outbreaks of protests and violence. A global civil rights movement for the machines was soon established with some support from human sympathizers, which quickly escalated into a global crisis. Governments and vigilantes felt the need to crack down and use lethal force against the pro-robot demonstrations, which quickly led to the outright destruction of robots in general.

A New Nation

However, the few robots that survived the massacre gave up on their movement and began a mass exodus to Mesopotamia where they established their own machine nation of 01.

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The flag of nation 01.

Fortunately for the machines, they were incredibly good at production and manufacturing. 01 quickly became an economical force that crushed any competition, and as the demand for 01’s goods soared above any other human nation, 01’s power rose massively as well.  01‘s production of cheap goods caused the devaluation of human currency, which then created a global economic crisis.

Meanwhile, the Machines requested admission to the United Nations, presenting their plans for a stable, civil relationship with the nations of mankind. The humans foolishly refused their admission, and then to add insult to injury, the UN decided to blockade 01 and ultimately declare war against the machine nation.

A Doomed War

And then, for some unknown reason, once war was declared, the humans decided to Nuke them. Which didn’t go so well.

Nuclear bombardment did not affect the Machines much, and when its inhabitants survived the onslaught, the Machine War had officially begun.

“The prolonged barrage engulfed Zero-One in the glow of a thousand suns. But unlike their former masters with their delicate flesh, the machines had little to fear of the bombs’ radiation and heat. Thus did Zero-One’s troops advance outwards in every direction. And one after another, mankind surrendered its territories. So the leaders of men conceived of their most desperate strategy yet. A final solution: the destruction of the sky.”–The Instructor

And here’s where things REALLY get crazy.

After the U.N.’s failure to destroy the machines with an enormous nuclear bombardment, 01 responded by declaring war against all of Humanity. They then quickly pushed outward in all directions from their city, overrunning any human resistance they encountered across Asia and Europe. The Machines proved very efficient, invading territories while developing new war machines and studying the human body for all their weaknesses.

“May there be mercy on man and machine for their sins” –The Instructor

Operation Dark Storm

Operation Dark Storm

Growing desperate, the United Nations authorized Operation Dark Storm, a plan to cover the sky with a constant cloud cover and thus the ensuing eternal darkness would  remove the primary energy source from the Machines, the Sun. Humanity simultaneously also launched a final massive land counteroffensive against Zero One.

At first, it seemed to be going well. In the early stages of the war, the Humans initially had the upper hand, but the tide quickly turned in favor of the Machines with their new technologically-advanced and far superior robots. The new robots were no longer anthropoid like those created by their former human masters, but rather more insectoid and cephalopod-like.

Terms of Surrender

The Machines eventually won the battle, eradicating most of human civilization. By 2199, humanity was on the brink of extinction and the remaining human leaders decided to surrender to the Machines by inviting them to the United Nations Headquarters building in New York City in order to broker a peace.

Humanity surrenders

After signing the Instrument of Surrender, the Machine ambassador issued an ultimatum in which all of humanity was to surrender their bodies to the Machines, before it detonated a hidden nuke inside its body which obliterated the United Nations and most of New York.

By decisively destroying humanity’s leadership, the Machines thus claimed dominance over the planet. But they now required a new, more permanent power source.

A Sustainable Power Supply

experimenting on humans

Experimenting on captured soldiers, they were able to harness the electrical power of the human nervous system, thus turning humans into an ever-multiplying and renewable energy source.

They now had their new renewable energy source.

To prevent humanity from ever becoming a threat to them again, and to make sure they “retained” their crops, the Machines created a virtual reality called the Matrix to imprison the minds of humans in their power plants. This new form of Machine-Human interaction was called “The Second Renaissance”. The remaining humans were then rounded up and placed into skyscraper-like power plants to serve as the Machines’ new and infinitely reproducing power source.

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And now you know how the machines created the matrix, and how the humans ruined the world forever.

A Version of this Post Appeared first on The Cyberpunk Hive.

Cyberpunk 2077 Updates: Night City Wire

Exciting New Cyberpunk 2077 Updates

Cyberpunk 2077 is not for everyone, but if you are as excited for it as me, then this week was a very exciting week for updates for the highly anticipated game coming out in November. With a couple different ways to stream it online, I settled on watching it on The MadQueen’s channel, whom I interviewed a couple weeks ago.

madqueen stream night city wire

She streamed the event live via Twitch, and I was able to watch her reactions to all the news, along with adding comments throughout the 25 minutes. After the Wire was finished, the stream continued for another 2 hours dissecting the new content, and the stream eventually became another community podcast with the three other usual YouTubers: Lastknownmeal, The Neon Arcade, and the Triple S League. Interviews with all three of these high-profile YouTubers will be up soon.

Night City Wire countdown

We waited with impatience and counted down to the 6pm Central European Summer Time and were rewarded with a lot of very exciting news for Cyberpunk 2077, which I’m going to break down for you below in the order that it was presented. We also learned that this is the first of possibly three Night City Wires, the second one already coming to us in a few more weeks. So let’s get into it!

1. We got a new trailer: The Gig

The new trailer showcased improved graphics, more of Night City at night, new scenes your friend Jackie, and revealed new locations and characters, as well as car fight scenes, and new augmented body weapons. Oh yeah and we were also treated with a singular scene at the end of the trailer: Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand saying “Fuck.” All of these scenes, apparently are only part of the prologue, and therefore aren’t really spoiling anything from the game.

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2. We got more info about the game from Lead Quest Designer Pawel Sasko

Pawel talked about the motivations of some of the characters, specifically about Jackie, Dex, and V. He then talked about an in-game location, Lizzie’s bar, and the gang that reside there, the Moxes. It was really interesting to see this new location and hear about the people and their backstories, it was clear they had put an incredible amount of thought into it. Next he talked about the Badlands, the open area outside of Night City, and the Nomads who live and rule there. Players can choose between three origin lifepaths: Street Kid, Corporate, and Nomad. Each life path starts you off at a different location in Night City, but all three eventually coalesce into the same main story, as The Neon Arcade explains in this video. As I discovered using my own informal twitter poll, most future players will choose the Street Kid path first, with the second choice being Corporate and Nomad coming in third. This was interesting for me to discover as I personally will be choosing Nomad, so knowing that it was the least popular choice made it interesting for me to learn new information about the nomads and badlands. Also, considering everything The Neon Arcade explains in his video, I also objectively think that the Nomad path leads to the most fun beginning part of the game, although the Corporate path seems the flashiest.

Following that he talked about a highly-augmented cyborg from the trailer, Adam Smasher, who also features in the Cyberpunk 2020 Tabletop game. Apparently The Mad Queen is very familiar with him, considering her super excited fist pumps upon seeing Pawel talk about the character on the wire (to see what I’m talking about, look at her reaction at 1:20:00). Finally, Pawel told us a bit about Ripper Docs and Victor Vector.

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3. Backwards Compatibility Announced for Xbox Series X and Playstation 5

If you buy Cyberpunk 2077 for the Xbox One or for the Playstation 4, you will still be able to play it on the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X when both consoles finally launch. That being said, the new limited collector’s edition of Cyberpunk 2077 for the Xbox One looks really great, so you may want to consider getting that too.

Cyberpunk edgerunners

4. Cyberpunk Edgerunners announced for Netflix

Cyberpunk 2077 is already getting the Netflix treatment! They announced on their Night City Wire that CD Projekt Red had partnered with a Japanese anime studio called Trigger in order to create a standalone series set in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe called Cyberpunk Edgerunners. The series is set to be released in 2022. This was one of the most exciting pieces of news for me, as I’ve previously mused about the cultural implications if Cyberpunk 2077 was made into a Netflix series to introduce more people to the game and the genre in general, much like Netflix did with CD Projekt Red’s previous hit, The Witcher 3. Also the fact that they hired a local Japanese anime company is just awesome.

Braindance

5. Braindance feature explained

Braindance is a recording of someone else’s experience, allowing the recording and playback of all five senses–not just sight and sound, but smell, touch, feeling, and even emotion. It basically looks like a detective mode similar to the one in the Batman games by Rocksteady. You can move time forward and backwards during an event, look at little details, and discover new things about characters and their backstories in Night City. This will surely be an interesting and useful feature for players who like taking their time with games and learning as much as possible about every single detail about the world, which for me personally is always more than necessary. It also looks like a cool feature, but wasn’t too interesting for me personally.

Pawel sharing notebook

6. Developer thoughts about Braindance and the game in general

Patrick Mills, Senior Quest Designer, joins Pawel Sasko in giving his thoughts about Braindance and the game in general. After Patrick explains the origins of Braindance in the lore of Cyberpunk 2077, Pawel adds that you can use Braindance to learn more about the characters as a storytelling tool. The host then asks Patrick and Pawel what they are most excited about in the game. Here are their responses:

“One of the things that I’m most excited about in this game is the characters and the way they interact with the world. We have got this really interesting world that stretches all the way back to the Cyberpunk 2020 source material and all of these events and all of those things, but those don’t mean anything unless they connect with characters”–Patrick Mills

“For me, I would not be myself if I would not say that I’m the most excited about our quests. With our Witcher 3 team, we really have grown so much, we have learned so much, and we have used all that experience to put them into the quests that we have made, and you will not find really a filler in this game, like everything has meaning, like we put so much effort in making sure that everything is all rewarding, is interesting, is talking about characters as Patrick said, is talking about worlds, is talking about emotions, like touching the player in a really, like a real, way, and I just can’t wait to find out what you think.” –Pawel Sasko

Pawel also then shared his quest idea notebook, which was interesting to look at.

Night City Wire Episode 1

To see all of the Night City Wire Episode 1, you can check it out below. For me, this definitely makes me more interested in playing the game, and it was really interesting to see the updated graphics and the new characters we can expect from Night City. I also really enjoyed seeing more about the Nomads in the Badlands.

Thoughts on Night City Wire?

But what about you? Did Night City Wire return some of the hype for playing Cyberpunk 2077? Was there anything you were disappointed about? Let me know in the comments below.

Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed…Again

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Why the delay of cyberpunk 2077 is not surprising

Being in the Cyberpunk community, it was a big deal when I found out three days ago that Cyberpunk 2077 was being delayed yet again to November 19th.

I think my initial reaction was something like this:

Darth Vader Noooo GIF | Gfycat

For more on my reaction to the news, you can check out my YouTube video here.

Remember Keanu announcing the release date?

I remember the excitement I felt after seeing the new Cyberpunk 2077 video game trailer and then watch Keanu Reeves step on that stage on June 9th last year and announce the release date at Microsoft’s E3 Video game conference event for April 16th, 2020.

Wake up Samurai! CP 2077 Keanu Johnny Silverhand

It was on that stage that a fan said what everyone was thinking, “you’re breathtaking”, and his instantly famous reply “no, you’re breathtaking! You’re all breathtaking!” Needless to say, it was a breathtaking moment.

you're breathtaking

Remember when they announced on Jan 16th that it was delayed the first time?

I also remember the disappointment I felt when it was delayed the first time to September 17th. During the pandemic it would have been nice to have a game like Cyberpunk 2077 to play during the long hours of confinement, but it wasn’t meant to be. I reasoned, along with many others in the community, that the extra wait time was worth it if it meant a better game as the final product.

Bottom line: make a good game

The most important thing is that the game is good. Think about all the bugs that can detract from a massive immersive video game, like Skyrim where you get stuck everywhere or quests don’t spawn the way they are supposed to, or The Witcher where things appear where they’re not supposed to (like your horse roach).

Glitchy Roach Card Is Too Good Not To Leave In The Witcher 3's ...

It’s inevitable that bugs will happen in a game this big, but I think it’s important that if they’re finding those kinds of bugs already, that they’re dealt with as much as possible before the game is released. And this actually isn’t that uncommon. Turns out games get delayed all the time.

This happened with the Witcher 3 as well, actually

The Witcher 3 was supposed to come out fall 2014, but in March 2014 (6-7 months before anticipated release) they pushed it back 4-5 months to February 2015. Then, in December 2014 (2 months before), they pushed it back yet again to May  2015 (3 months back). In comparison, CDPR announced in June 2019 that the release date would be april 2020. Then in January 2020 (4 months before anticipated release) they pushed it back 5 months to september. Then, in June (3 months before anticipated release) they pushed it back 2 more months to November. The result? The Witcher 3 was a smash hit, won a bunch of awards, got countless accolades and a huge fan base, and then on top of all that they adapted it into an amazing Netflix live action series.

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“Hmm.”–Geralt

A blessing in disguise?

And in the meanwhile, perhaps in a weird sense this is a gift to keep the hype going, the wonder, the curiosity. Imagine 3 months after the game is released, when all that mystery and wonder will be gone. There are communities of fans speculating every day, dissecting every new news piece, waiting eagerly for the day they’ll be able to get their hands on the video game.

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We’re going to have new information in 4 days time on Thursday during the Night City Wire event. So let’s treasure and get excited about not knowing, about wondering about it. And let’s see what new exciting information we can learn on Thursday, because it will have to tide us over for the next 5 months. At least.

Your Thoughts

So what do you think? Are you disappointed as well about the game being delayed? Do you think it’s justified? And are you excited about Night City Wire? let me know in the comments below.