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CDPR talks on Cyberpunk 2 having a third-person perspective

A “Cyberpunk 2” will come out at some point, but CD Projekt Red is still weighing whether the 2077 sequel should be another first-person shooter or a third-person action game.

Cyberpunk 2077’s first-person perspective was chosen because it helped Cyberpunk develop its own identity separate from CD Projekt Red’s past work. The studio made its name with the third-person action of The Witcher trilogy, and it reportedly pivoted from making another third-person title to a first-person shooter after The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt started seeing explosive success at retail.

With Cyberpunk 2077 now sufficiently differentiated from CDPR’s flagship franchise, the studio may go back to what it’s most familiar with. During CD Projekt Red’s Investor Day presentation, quest director Pawel Sasko stated that the company is still making up its mind about what the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, codenamed Orion, will even be about.

Is Cyberpunk 2 going to be in third-person?

CD Projekt Red has not confirmed whether the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel will have a first-person perspective or third-person. The studio is still considering its options.

Cyberpunk 2077 having a first-person perspective was a hot topic in the buildup to the game’s launch and after it hit shelves. One of the biggest criticisms was the lack of a third-person mode, which struck players as strange given the robust character creation. This meant that players would spend several minutes building their perfect character, then proceed to never actually see them.

Even cutscenes play out from the first-person perspective, so outside of the occasional mirror, players won’t actually see their handiwork in action. A third-person mode may be in the cards for Orion’s development.

When is the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel coming out?

CD Projekt Red has not announced a release date for the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel.

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Although the studio confirmed that development has started on Orion, it also admits a release date is years away. The plans for the studio after Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty’s launch are already known. Most of the CD Projekt Red’s focus is on the next Witcher title, codenamed Polaris, which is speculated to be released in 2025. Further delaying things is that the studio developing Orion, CD Projekt Red’s North American branch, is still being built.

On top of the Witcher and Cyberpunk, CD Projekt Red also announced three other titles. The first is Canis Majoris, a Witcher saga separate from the trilogy Polaris is starting. The second is Sirus, the first Witcher video game to include multiplayer. Last is Hadar, which has no details given other than it exists.

Alongside the games, a live-action adaptation of Cyberpunk is confirmed to be in the works. CD Projekt Red will be a very busy studio for years to come.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen.

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