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Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be at E3 2016, but developer says it might have something else to show

Developer CD Projekt RED has stated unequivocally that the ambitious Cyberpunk 2077 will not put in an appearance at E3 next month.

While the studio said that it might be showcasing something at the Los Angeles-based event, which kicks off in mid-June, it made it clear there’s still a lot of work to be done in regards to Cyberpunk 2077.

"It might happen that we will be at E3 and we will show something at E3, but I just want to make it clear it’s not Cyberpunk," said co-founder Marcin Iwinski, during a chat with Eurogamer.  "We still have a lot of work to do with Cyberpunk.”

It is speculated that the company will instead showcase the mysterious project it mentioned in a recent annual report, which states that its plans for 2016 include, "A new type of video game format previously unexplored by the studio." 

Quizzed if this is what CD Projekt will show off at E3, Iwinski replied, “We will see,” and when pressed further if we may find out what exactly the ‘unexplored’ item is at E3, he added, “Well, hopefully.” Is it to do with The Witcher? “Time will tell,” Iwinski replied. 

Speaking of CD Projekt’s critically acclaimed fantasy-RPG series, it is understood that the developer won’t be making another Witcher game anytime soon, if ever, following the release of the Blood and Wine expansion for Wild Hunt.

"This is the end. Blood and Wine is [the] closing and there won’t be any Witcher any time soon–if there ever will be one,” the studio said earlier this month.

When you release a game like The Witcher and create the expansions, the perception is not the pre-Witcher 3 expectation," said Iwinski. "The bar is higher – and it’s externally and internally as well.

"I cannot talk about plans but we have to adjust to it and also adjust our own ambitions. Assuming that we could have something out this year, if it will not be better than Witcher 3, people [will say], ‘Hmm, wow, why is it not better?’ Witcher 3 set a certain bar and we definitely cannot go lower. It’s always about improving and making new, pretty stuff, [and] storytelling games and mechanics and what not."

Cyberpunk 2077 is in development for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One, and was originally announced back in 2012. However, it’s worth noting that the game is still some way off, as it won’t be released before 2017. 

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