UPDATE: The Cyberpunk 2077 trailer contained a secret letter. We now have a legible copy (barring a few words) of the two halves and I've typed out what it says.

"It's been over 2077 days since we announced our plan to develop Cyberpunk 2077. We released a CGI trailer, gave some interviews and... went dark. Normal procedure for these kinds of things - you announce a game and then shut up, roll up your sleeves, and go to work. We wanted to give you The Witcher 3 and both expansions first, which is why this period of staying silent was longer than we planned. Sorry for that.

"As soon as we concluded work on Blood and Wine, we were able to go on full speed ahead with CP2077's pre-production. But we chose to remain silent. Why? At some point, we made a decision to resume talking about the game only when we have something to show. Something meaningful and substantial. This is because we do realise you've been (im)patiently waiting for a very long time, and we wouldn't like anyone to feel that we're taking this for granted. On the contrary - it gives us a lot of extra motivation. The hype is real, so the sweat and tears need to be real too :).

"But to the point. Today is the day. If you're seeing this, it means you saw the trailer our vision of Cyberpunk, an alternative version of the future where America is in pieces. Megacorporations [unreadable] civilised life, and gangs rule the rest. And, while this world is full of adrenaline, don't let the car chases and guns mislead you. Cyberpunk 2077 is a true single-player story adventure RPG. You'll be able to create your own character and... well, you'll get to know the rest from what we show at our booth at E3. Be on the lookout for the previews!

"Before we finish, you probably have some questions. [Unreadable]?

"1. When? When we told you we would only release the game when it's ready, we meant it. We're definitely much, much closer to a release date than when we were back then :), but it's still not the time to confirm anything, so patience is still required. Quality is the only thing that drives us - it's the beauty of being an independent studio and your own publisher.

"2. How big? Seriously big, but... to be honest, we have no bloody clue [unreadable] you can expect. And we promise we'll do this before we start talking about any pre-orders or ask anything of you.

"3. Free DLC/Expansions/DRM? Expect nothing less than you got with THe Witcher 3. AS for DRM, CP2077 will be 100% DRM-free on PC.

"4. Microtransactions? In a single-player role-playing game? Are you nuts?

"Once again, thank you for your patience.

"Yours,

"CD Projekt Red Team."

secretletter
The secret letter.

ORIGINAL STORY: CD Projekt Red, maker of The Witcher series of games, has unveiled Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2018.

It was the big splash we've been waiting years for; Cyberpunk was announced back in 2012, don't forget - albeit as a way to attract talent to the studio (I know right!).

The Cyberpunk 2077 world premiere was the show-closer at the Xbox conference. The stage was 'hacked' by the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer, which changed from a text-hacking interface into a scene with a man (wearing a kind of bomber jacket with a glowing collar and logo on the back) riding a train into, presumably, Night City.

The Cyberpunk 2077 world we saw in the trailer itself was gorgeous: dirty, punky, sci-fi, Bladerunner, and brutal. But it was a cinematic trailer - exactly how the game will play we still don't know, but with the game on show at E3 this week, we won't have long to find out.

No Cyberpunk 2077 release date was given.

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Incidentally, during the command line section, a bunch of what appeared to be redeemable Xbox codes flashed up. We tried them and they were legit - but already redeemed. What were they for?

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Curious!

This just in: apparently the codes were for the full Witcher 3: Wild Hunt game and expansion pass - neat!

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