Cyberpunk 2077: The colossal RPG in the first person of CD Projekt RED

Cyberpunk 2077

January 2013. It was still two years before CD Projekt RED conquered the genre of RPGs with The Witcher III. Geralt de Rivia had not been crowned as one of the maximum references in a matter of fantasy and swords and the study was already beginning to make shade by showing his next project. A trailer, a word and four figures: Cyberpunk 2077.

Why start talking your next game so soon? We want to think that the ad itself was too mind-boggling to not feel excited and share. Enough to blow our heads off, but leaving us with our feet on the ground with a warning: it will come out when it is finished. Well, Cyberpunk 2077 is quite likely to be the Sistine Chapel of the Polish studio.

A project simmered, of course, but we must also bear in mind that Cyberpunk 2077 is postulated as the most ambitious videogame of the current generation. Older words, especially coming from a CD Projekt RED that unleashes his inexhaustible talent when something is his passion. As for example, the original Cyberpunk.    

The playable adaptation of Mike Pondsmith’s work was a dream combination: it is no secret that Polish studio is passionate about role-playing games, and that future ruled by mega-corporations had stimulated the imagination of half the world, including Ghost in the Shell of Masamune Shirow, the film Blade Runner or the acclaimed game saga Deux Ex. The expectations were (and still are) outside the orbit.

And no wonder, CD Projekt RED has set itself the goal of being the definitive adaptation of Pondsmith’s work, and that means moving through swampy waters: we will change the papers full of numbers and crossed out as well as the whim of some dice by controls, mice and keyboards, but the real challenge of these digital rolemasters is to create the perfect game.

One that, as in the classic experience, is capable of filling the imagination and the thirst for adventures of the players of all the life, the passionate ones by the RPGs of consoles and desks and all that one that is arranged to play the gaznate putting the noses in the city of Night City.

From paper and dice to ray tracing: A RPG in the first person

Coincidence or not, Cyberpunk 2077 will go on sale in 2020, the year in which the events of the dystopian future imagined by Pondsmith take place. In fact, there is a continuity between the two and we are ahead of us will appear characters from Cyberpunk 2020 lore despite the fact that, in this case, the action takes place 57 years later. How is it possible? Well, let’s say that cybernetic implants have become an obsession … and the implant that grants immortality will be ours in this adventure.

Mike Pondsmith himself is fully involved in the project, an unbeatable endorsement for the fidelity of this adaptation, but also a challenge for development …

  • The game will put at our disposal all kinds of RPG (Crag, mercenary, netrunner, executive, nomadic …), which not only affect our attributes and abilities, but also essential in the face of experience offering lines dialogue and exclusive situations.
  • However, unlike other RPGs, we will not have the option to choose class / profession at the beginning of the game. According to Kyle Rowley of CD Projekt RED, the class system is fluid and will depend on our choices: there will be three main classes: Netrunner, Techie and Solo and we can combine them to access optional classes that we can add to our class.

The feeling of freedom and free will is the basis on which the idea and experience itself is sustained. Cyberpunk 2077 takes us to a megapolis obsessed with power, glamor and body modification, yes, and although we will be exposed to all kinds of threats and interests, CD Projekt RED ensures that the story will depend on our own decisions. What’s more, annihilating other enemies will be totally optional.

In fact, the level of freedom is so advanced that even if we fail a mission we will not lose the game: the world will follow its course and we will only leave it when we finish the game session or we are eliminated. CD Projekt RED completely leaves aside the failed mission screens of other open worlds and welcomes the authentic role. To that in which we will have to give everything at all times and in which not only our decisions count, but also our actions and failures.

On the other hand, the visual section of Cyberpunk 2077 will be absolutely transgressive. Beyond the ambition and the details, the Polish studio will take advantage of the ray tracing for its next project, confirming a very suggestive alliance with GeForce that, being optimistic, we can even enjoy in the next generation of consoles thanks to the retrocompatibility.

“Ray tracking allows us to recreate, in a very realistic way, the behavior of light in crowded urban environments,” said Adam Badowski, director of the CD studio PROJEKT RED. “Thanks to this technology, we can add another layer of light. Depth and verticality to the already impressive magacity in which the game takes place.”

With that in front, how to play Cyberpunk 2077? In essence, we will discover the best and the worst of the city of Night City in the first person, emphasizing at all times that -though there will be shots and projectiles- it is not a shooter.

The reason why you have opted for the view in the first person is twofold …

  • On the one hand, we want to offer the player a total immersion in the experience. Do not live from outside, but from within and appreciate the small details that make the difference in this world. Something that would not be achieved through other perspectives.
  • On the other, to give more burden to the corporal modifications. Through this view we can see how effects and consequences of implant use manifest, access information or allow us to take advantage of the unique possibilities of the game.

Something very convenient, if we consider that V, our protagonist and alter-ego in the game, will be who we want and how we want. We can define its appearance and modifications, but also its character. And yes, you will have a voice and a predisposition of your own that will be established during the creation of the character. After all,   Cyberpunk 2077 is a pure role.   

Welcome to Night City: The new capital of sin

As important as the playable proposal of Cyberpunk 2077 is the open world that we will have at our disposal. CD Projekt RED anticipates that Night City will be a city that will establish a new reference in visual quality, complexity and depth. And the first gameplays of the game give us an idea of the magnitude of what is being talked about.

The priority of the more than 400 workers involved in the development of the game was the creation of Night City itself, a totally fictitious city that would be located between San Francisco and Los Angeles with a layer of noir cut in terms of setting and that, in design issue, combines the style of both cities.

Our open world, which will have complete cycles of day and night, always radiates color thanks to the enormous presence of futuristic neons, offering a very distinctive atmosphere. To which we must add a second essential element: While The Witcher III and other maps are horizontally huge, Cyberpunk 2077 will be vertically huge.

In terms of volume, we still do not have clear the dimensions of the mapping, but we can expect six large districts with their respective sub districts and the Badlands, the huge area that makes up the surroundings of the city. Of course, to deal with it we will have all kinds of vehicles ranging from motorcycles, cars, taxis and even Kyle Rowley has come to suggest the possibility of controlling flying cars.

However, the third element that the experience will drink will be its inhabitants. Although our games will be conditioned to our decisions and actions, CD Projekt RED has not saved in means to fill Night City with identity through the souls that swarm through it: while the mega-corporates quench their thirst for power, the bands of each district disputes control of the underworld.

And in the middle of that spiral of ambitions, we, a mercenary pursuing a unique implant that allows us to achieve immortality. Fortunately, we will not be alone: the character played by Keanu Reeves will be the second most dialogue will have in the game. And his cover letter already tells us that he has big plans for Night City.

And beware, there is an internal roadmap to expand content. Although, at the moment the priority of CD Projekt RED is -logically- to launch the game.  

Cyberpunk 2077: Date, Availability and Editions

Six years and six months after showing its first trailer, Cyberpunk 2077 already has an official release date and platforms: the next big CD Projekt RED will hit Xbox One, PS4, GOG, Steam and the Epic Games Store on April 16 from 2020.

In a matter of editions all reservations are open. At the time of writing these lines fata the Epic Games Store, although we have reason to believe that it will appear in it as soon as the promotion of digital sales is fulfilled.

On the other hand,   the physical copies of the game on PC and consoles include interesting extras.

Ecobee thermostat: The SmartThermostat has support for Alexa and to access audio via streaming

Ecobee thermostat

Now that we prepare for the arrival of summer, Extreme temperatures can be commonplace in our day to day, so having an air conditioning system in the home can be a solution for overcoming the inconveniences that this changing climate can generate.

An air conditioning in which the use of a thermostat is fundamental, being even better if it is an intelligent thermostat. It is the way to control the temperature at home from anywhere, even if we are absent from home and at the same time, benefit from our daily use to learn and be more proactive. This is what the new Ecobee thermostat promises.

A new model in which the company leaves aside the nomenclature based on numbers as in previous models and opts for a new type of names. The new model comes under the name of SmartThermostat.

Ecobee thermostat

With a very clean and polished design, the SmartThermostat includes an LCD-type touch screen with glass cover that facilitates the control of the most common parameters if we do not want to use the controls by voice or through the mobile application Ecobee, available on iOS and Android. The connection is made thanks to the support of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for dual band Wi-Fi.

Ecobee has made efforts to improve the control of temperature and for this it has included a sensor capable of controlling the temperature but also detecting the movement. This allows you to know if there is any person in the room and adjust the temperature.

A model this SmartThermostat in which highlights the inclusion of voice support to use Alexa and voice controls so that it is easier to use without having to use our hands. In this way and only with verbal commands we can control the temperature, turn off or turn on the air conditioning … and if we have a compatible speaker, make a call or send a message from the device.

To offer these functions, the SmartThermostat includes a digital microphone accompanied by an AI system that is responsible for improving natural language processing and speech detection.

Ecobee thermostat

In addition, the new SmartThermostat allows thanks to the inclusion of a loudspeaker, its use to listen to streaming audio services music case of Spotify (it is compatible with Spotify Connect), Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora and TuneIn. And if you do not want to use the thermostat audio, you can always transmit the music to a speaker thanks to the new compatibility with Bluetooth connectivity.

The SmartThermostat offers an advantage over other alternatives and is that it does not require an electrical outlet nearby, because it includes a battery that grants autonomy that the manufacturer figures in five years.

Price and availability

The SmartThermostat is already on sale on the manufacturer’s website and on specialized shop pages for a price of $ 249.

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The new Audi A4 is the answer of the four rings to the offensive of its compatriots with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. To become strong the Ingolstadt also receives a more dynamic aesthetic a new technological package, microhybrid versions and the new S4 diesel with V6 TDi engine. » Read more

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OutWard: The good and the not so good of the deeds of magic and swords!

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We have become accustomed to Dark Souls, Final Fantasy and Skyrim are the three rods to measure the RPGs when entering into epic fantasy universes. Excessively high battens, especially for OutWard, whose proposal explores several of its nuances and others that seemed to have been extinguished. The key question now is: to what extent does that play in your favor? » Read more

Guide to buying iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, MacBook, iMac and Apple TV

Guide to buying apple device

This page contains a guide to the purchase of all the main Apple devices, and was created with the aim of providing the user with information on the possible launch dates of new products. The list will be constantly updated based on rumors and official news published by Apple, thus giving life to an indispensable tool to find out if and when it is convenient to buy an iPhone, an iPad, an iPod, an Apple TV or a Mac.

We remind you that this page is based on news from the Apple world.

iPhone XS / XS Max – iPhone XR

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR were presented in September. The first two with an OLED screen bring few aesthetic innovations compared to the iPhone X, while integrating various hardware improvements. iPhone XR, the most economical model, is presented in colored variants and with an LCD screen.

Latest release: iPhone XS and XS Max available from September 21st; iPhone XR from October 19th.

New device: The next iPhone will be released at the end of September 2019. The design line should be that of the iPhone XS and three models are planned (2 OLED, 1 LCD). A triple camera is also planned, at least on the Max model.

iPhone 7/7 Plus – iPhone 8/8 Plus

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: Presented respectively in 2016 and 2017, these two models are still part of the Apple list. iPhone 7 starts at $549, while iPhone 8 starts at $719. So these are two iPhones to consider if you don’t want to spend more, but by September they should go out of production.

Latest release: iPhone is available from September 2016, iPhone 8 from September 2017.

New device: From September 2019 they will no longer be produced by Apple.

iPad Pro

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The new iPad Pro with a 12.9 and 11 inch screen and available from November 2018. Front without home button and with much thinner frames, a small revolution in terms of design. Apple also continues to sell the 10.5-inch model with classic design (not recommended).

Latest release: 7 November 2018 (5 June 2017, model 10.5″).

New device: The next iPad Pro will be released in the autumn of 2019. No aesthetic news is expected. The 10.5″ model could end up out of production by the end of the year.

iPad Air

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The cheapest model of the Apple tablet line, able to satisfy the requests of most users. Compatible with Apple Pencil.

Latest release: 17 March 2019.

New device: The next iPad Air will be released in 2020.

iPad mini

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: iPad mini 5 with Retina display is available from March 2019 with Apple Pencil compatibility and Bionic A12 processor.

Latest release: 17 March 2019.

New device: Apple could release a new model only in the first half of 2020.

Apple Watch

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The Apple Watch Series 4 was presented in September 2018. Display with thinner frames and greater visual space, decidedly more powerful hardware and ECG functions are the most important news.

Latest release: 21 September 2018.

New device: The Apple Watch Series 5 should be presented at the end of 2019.

iPod touch

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The iPod touch was updated in September 2013 with the 16GB version and in the “gray” color.

Latest release: September 10, 2013, iPod touch “gray”

New device: The next iPod touch? Difficult to predict, it will probably come as a minor update in a few months. If ever there will be … for this, if you want an iPod Touch the choice and the options are not many. The latest rumors tell us that a new iPod touch could arrive in 2019.

MacBook Pro

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The new Mac Pro were renewed in July 2018 with quad-core and six-core systems for 13 and 15 inch models. RAM upgradeable up to 32 GB.

Latest release: July 2018

New device: The next MacBook Pro will be available in 2019, probably before the summer.

MacBook

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The 12-inch MacBook with Retina screen is currently the smallest and lightest computer made by Apple. In June 2017 the new models arrived with small hardware improvements

Latest release: June 2017

New device: This line may no longer be updated, replaced by the new MacBook Air.

MacBook Air

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: After three years, Apple released a new MacBook Air with a 13-inch Retina screen, thinner frames and a thinner and lighter case. It is the first time the ports have been changed, with the introduction of two Thunderbolt-3s and the 3.5 mm audio jack remains. Eighth generation processor but of type Amber Lake 7w

Latest release: 30 October 2018.

New device: The lightest and most compact Apple laptop, with renewed hardware able to satisfy the needs of most users. The next model will be released in several months.

iMac

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The new 21.5-inch iMac 4k and 27-inch iMad 5k were presented in March, and offer several hardware innovations for the processors and graphics card with Intel 8th and 9th generation processors and Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. No design changes. A new version of the iMac Pro is also available.

Latest release: March 2019.

New device: The new iMacs will be released in 2020, probably with a new design.

Mac Mini

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: In 2018, after several years, Apple released the new Mac Mini equipped with Intel i3 quad core and Intel i5 or i7 with six cores, DDR4 RAM and Solid State Drive up to 2TB. The video card is the one included in the processor. It is made in sidereal gray and in recycled aluminum.

Latest release: 30 October 2018.

New device: the new Mac Mini should be available in 2020.

Mac Pro

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The new model is available from 19 December 2013.

Latest release: 19 December 2013. On 4 April 2017, 2013 models were released with new GPUs and upgraded processors.

New device: An important update (including design) is planned for 2019.

Apple TV

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: The new Apple TV 4K is more powerful, allows you to install games and apps, and integrates a new generation remote controller, as well as compatibility with 4K and HDR videos.

Latest release: 22 September 2017.

New device: Scheduled for 2019.

AirPods

Guide to buying apple device

Tip: AirPods are among the best wireless headsets on the market, highly recommended if you have an iPhone. The new model integrates the H1 processor and the wireless charging case.

Latest release: March 2019.

New device: new AirPods, perhaps with aesthetic novelties, could arrive between late 2020 and early 2021.

Note

All information in this guide is purely indicative and based on the release trends of Apple products, rumors published by reliable sources and any official news issued by Apple itself. Individual indications must therefore be taken for information only.

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