The Gamescom demo for Cyberpunk 2077 is nearly identical to the one shown at E3 two months prior, but it features a few important changes. First, it introduces a new weapon, a katana capable of emitting a magnetic field that deflects bullets, and it highlights the game's character-selection screens. Players will be able to pick their gender, appearance and backstory right from the beginning, filling in details about traumatic events in their past and other personal tidbits.
And then there's the final scene of the new demo, which shows Night City at, well, night -- something CD Projekt Red has avoided until now. The E3 2018 trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was fans' first look at Night City and developers chose to reveal it with a dramatic flourish: The video opens in a packed subway car traveling through a tunnel, dim with neon trimming. The music ramps up and bam, the train shoots into the open, sun-drenched air. A city of concrete, metal and flashing screens bustles under a bright blue sky.
"It's California, so," producer Richard Borzymowski explained with a shrug and a laugh, sitting in the CD Projekt Red Gamescom booth just after a demo of the game wrapped up.