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Video of the Month — Looking Back at E3 2019’s Cyberpunk 2077 Reveal

Remember, almost a year ago in the before-times, when dystopian sci-fiction role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 anticipation was at its peak? At E3 2019’s Microsoft press conference, Microsoft and the game’s publisher, CD Projekt Red took many gamers’ breath away with the demo footage shown and also had actor Keanu Reeves go on stage, to help amplify interest in the game (and launch a few memes that are still alive and well today).

But, fast forward to Cyberpunk 2077’s launch on December 10, 2020. It’s been a little messier than both the publisher and the gaming public would have liked, especially given the buildup leading up to launch. The base Xbox One and PS4 versions have suffered more shortcomings than the other versions, with many reviews stating that the versions available on Google Stadia or NVIDIA’s GeForce Now cloud gaming platforms offer a more stable, consistently playable experience than the last-gen console options. So far, PC gamers with top-end, ray tracing-capable rigs seem to have come away with the most impressive version of the game.

Looking ahead, CD Projekt Red will update the game with many patches and bug fixes into 2021, which will be a longer-tail opportunity to adjust mixed perceptions of this visually and conceptually ambitious game. But with this month’s video (from GameSpot), we look in the rearview mirror to when the gaming public was  hyped about the potential of Cyberpunk 2077.

In this seven minute-clip from E3 2019, how close do you think CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 came to making at least some of the hype come true? How did it succeed or fall short of lofty expectations? Feel free to comment if you have thoughts to share about this game’s recent release — or the video from E3 2019!

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