CD Projekt Red is one of the most ambitious studios working today, and with its next project, Cyberpunk 2077, the Polish developer is aiming to take things even further. In a recent interview with Edge, quest designer Patrick Mills reiterated that with their next game the developer wants to change the industry itself and become a reference point for other studios.
"One of the things about this company has always been we want to show the game industry how to do things," said Mills. "We want to change the game industry. We want to say, 'We can do things differently, we don't have to do things that way.' It's in our motto: 'We are rebels', right?"
And their collective desire to be rebellious, to do something that disrupts the status quo, also extends to their desire to express clear political messages within their creations:
"So when you've got other studios saying, 'Oh, no no no, there's nothing political here', we say, 'Yeah, there is.' It's not necessarily what you're expecting, and we're not going to talk about exactly what we're going to say- it's for you to decide when you play it.
"But Cyberpunk is relevant to today, extremely so. To pretend like it's not? Come on. Mike [Pondsmith, Cyberpunk 2020's creator] wouldn't let us. Mike would throw a fit if we tried to say, 'This is just about cool hairstyles and cool guns, that's all.'"
Cyberpunk 2077 is heading to PC, PS4, and Xbox One at some still to be determined point in the future.