CD Projekt Red Is Using An Overhauled Streaming System For Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red Is Using An Overhauled Streaming System For Cyberpunk 2077
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There’s been no shortage of information regarding CD Projekt Red’s next release — Cyberpunk 2077 — in recent months, as the game is currently scheduled to hit consoles and PC in the spring of 2020.

The newest bit of information regarding the upcoming open-world first-person RPG comes via an interview with AusGamers, in which John Mamais, who is the head of CD Projekt Red’s Krakow office, told the publication that Cyberpunk 2077 will use an overhauled streaming system, which will allow players to move through Night City in a quicker, more efficient way.

Of course, this is a major shift from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, where players navigated through the world via fast travel or horseback, and in Cyberpunk, since it’s set in the year 2077, players will use vehicles instead of horses to cover significant distances in the game’s open-world.

“The streaming system had to be overhauled because, well, you’re moving a lot faster when you’re in a vehicle,” said the head of CD Projekt Red’s Krakow office. “So, we had to rework and rewrite how all that works. Also, there’s vertical streaming now. The Witcher is almost like a 2D game in comparison, its world was flat. [With Cyberpunk 2077] you’re going up and into huge buildings, so it is a case of vertical and horizontal streaming and hardware speeds impact that. We had to rewrite the tech to support all of that.”

Also during the interview, Mamais said that it’s going to be tough for CD Projekt Red to meet the April 2020 deadline for the game’s release, which has some people concerned that the game is going to be delayed until late next year. But, as of this writing, CDPR hasn’t officially announced that the game is going to be delayed, so until they do, you should expect to see the game meet its release date.

If Cyberpunk 2077 is well-received, the developers of the game are open to making a sequel, but they’re also discussing the possibility of developing The Witcher 4, which may or may not feature Geralt of Rivia as its main protagonist. The good news is if you’re looking for more Witcher content, then, in case you haven’t heard, Netflix is doing a TV show based on the books, but as of right now, the air date for the show’s first episode hasn’t been announced.

If it doesn’t end up getting delayed, Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.