Developer of the critically acclaimed The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, CD Projekt Red, just announced their upcoming project at a pre-E3 press conference. Titled Cyberpunk, the game is based on a pen-and-paper RPG of the same name from 1988. Once again, Red is developing a mature RPG, this time featuring more realistic violence against a rich, futuristic backdrop.

Rather than sticking with the formula that made The Witcher games so successful, the developer is branching out a bit, adding a variety of playable classes and customizable characters, along with an arsenal of weapons, implants, upgrades, and high-tech gadgets. CD Projekt describes the title like this:

“…players will experience the world through their own, unique characters chosen from different classes – be they blood-thirsty mercenaries or cunning hackers – that they will equip with vast selection of cybernetic implants and deadly weapons. As in the Witcher series, players will face morally ambiguous choices, their actions influencing events in the world at large and the fate of the individuals they encounter….”

The creator of the original Cyberpunk, Mike Pondsmith, was also present at the press conference, and it’s clear that he is fully backing the developer:

“CD Projekt Red is the team we’ve been hoping for. Their incredible work on The Witcher and The Witcher 2 shows that they share the same dedication and love of great games that we do at Talsorian.”

It’s my hope that we hear a little more about this title at E3 proper. Whether or not that have much to show right now is almost irrelevant; I’m such a big fan of these guys that I would gladly ogle over early concept art for a few minutes while they talked about their plans for the game. If there’s one developer who could convince me to enter the next console generation just to play their next title, it would be CD Projekt. I just hope that isn’t the case. I don’t want to have to wait that long for the game.