Hours upon hours, controller in hand, story unveiling across the screen, and challenges of hand-eye coordination coupled with rational thought games molding together: video games. It is no secret that video games have gotten fairly steep in price, hence why gamers seek that biggest bang for their buck. The hunt is almost never ending, trying to find that perfect balance between precision game play, riveting story, beautiful scenery, and enough length to keep you engaged without boring you.
IS THIS ALL THAT MATTERS?
But wait, is it not possible for something to drown on a little too long and lose your attention? Well, from the long list of Alien Isolation reviews, yes. Yet, on the flip side, you have games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that extend well beyond the expectations of game length to virtually no negative ends.
Over the past few days some information has been filtering out centering around The Witcher development company CD Projekt Red. More specifically, there upcoming title Cyberpunk 2077. Announced back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 is based on the table-top roleplaying game series Cyberpunk first released back in 1988. This futuristic, dystopian action/adventure RPG has been on the giving end of few leaks thus far. The news cycling out, that is rather surprising, is that CD Projekt Red visual artist Jose Teixeira reported to GameSpot that Cyberpunk 2077 is set to be significantly larger than The Witcher 3.
HOW DO YOU GAUGE SIZE OF A VIRTUAL WORLD?
What exactly could this mean? Well, there are two different ways to go about scaling the “size” of a game: virtual map area and potential time investment. Signing a check that large requires a little of looking over.
Verifying dimensions and parameters into physical measurement is no easy task, and generally relies on a bit of trust in the publishers and number crunchers. Taking two of the main regions of The Witcher 3, Novigrad and Skellige, they combined to form about 136 square kilometers, or roughly 52 square miles. To put this into a little more perspective, that is about 1.5 times larger than the world of GTAV and a full 3.5 times larger than the world of Skyrim. Living up to a sandbox predecessor of that magnitude should prove to be no easy task, but coming off the feat of The Witcher 3, it should be second nature by now.
But maybe CD Projekt Red isn’t looking at landmass for scale, but instead the number of things to do and the time to complete it. Taking a look at the reported averages on howlongtobeat.com, The Witcher 3 can run a quick play for the story lovers in about 16 hours. If you want to really suck the morrow from the Northern Kingdoms as a completionist you can easily spend 250+ hours on the over 120 missions and side quests. That is a whole lot of content to slice through.
Whichever way you cut it, the promise of Cyberpunk 2077 extending past the scope of The Withcer 3 is both exciting and stifling. Though, the developers have decades worth of role-playing lore, expansions, and even an anmie to draw from. Luckily, the expected release window for the newest CD Projekt Red IP is set for sometime in 2017. So you have plenty of time to clear some hard drive space and come up with an excuse to call out for a long weekend. See you fine folks in Night City.