Original: Did you go on the internet yesterday? If so, it was hard to miss the swirlings of excitement surrounding Cyberpunk 2077’s debut gameplay demo that was livestreamed on developer CD Projekt RED’s Twitch and YouTube channels. The game looks like an absolutely incredible adaptation of the classic tabletop RPG and is sure to usher in a new era of innovation for roleplaying games, open world environments, and sci-fi cyberpunk settings. Naturally, a big question around the game is: Will there be VR support? The point-of-view, setting, and focus on human-augmentation feels like a great fit for a VR game.
Unfortunately, it looks like the answer to that question is no. We got curious and did a bit of research on the matter and spotted a post from back in June on GameRevolution in which they cite a Reddit post where a user named vvit0 got confirmation from CD Projekt RED that there are no VR plans. Plans are known to change of course, but I’d wager holding your breath on this one is a bad idea.
Technologically Cyberpunk 2077 is so advanced the developers aren’t even sure if it will be released on modern generation consoles, even though that’s the current intention. Which means it maybe 2+ years away and comfortably puts it into a realm of technology that the Rift, Vive, and PSVR would certainly be incapable of rendering in immersive VR. Maybe future headsets can achieve that fidelity, but it doesn’t seem likely for this particular game.
In the meantime, if you really want to visit some cyberpunk cities in VR, I can recommend checking out Technolust (and the upcoming sequel!) as well as the Emmy-nominated Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab experience. Both are top-notch interpretations of neon-soaked cyberpunk worlds.
Update: The official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account put an even more definitive nail in the coffin of any hopes for VR support, stating: “Currently we have no plans.”
Currently we have no plans.
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) September 21, 2018
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