E3 2019 has given fans a whole new perspective of CD Projekt Red’s upcoming open-world cyberpunk thriller Cyberpunk 2077. The studio released a gorgeous looking cinematic trailer for the game on Sunday, where fans got to witness main protagonist V going from one bad situation in Night City to another. Regardless of where he ended up, though, Cyberpunk 2077 consistently showed fans that the future was full of LEDs, neon lights, and attention-grabbing visuals galore.
In order to best display such an aesthetic, CD Projekt Red has just announced a technical partnership with NVIDIA to bring real-time ray tracing to Night City. This will allow every source of light in the game to behave in a realistic manner, and that’s going to produce a visual that should certainly wow gamers in crowded, urban environments.
CD Projekt Red has released two screenshots to show off how the ray-traced lighting looks in-game.
We are partnering with @NVIDIAGeForce to bring real-time ray tracing to Cyberpunk 2077!
Night City has never looked so good.
Check out the details at https://t.co/qKwG4HCyCg #Cyberpunk2077 #RTXOn pic.twitter.com/s1DhvTe8RP
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) June 11, 2019
While this is great news for PC gamers who can fully take advantage of the graphics rendering, not everyone will have a GPU strong enough to handle such a demanding engine – especially while playing at 4k. With great graphics comes great hardware demand, but those who can use it to its full potential are in for a treat. Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t the only game at E3 2019 to confirm real-time ray tracing, either: Watch Dogs Legion will also utilize ray tracing on NVIDIA’s RTX graphics cards.
CD Projekt Red’s upcoming title wowed gamers this weekend with a surprise cameo appearance from Keanu Reeves, who sparked one of E3’s most wholesome moments as he hyped up the game. Keanu will don the role of Johnny Silverhand, a legendary Night City rockstar out on a quest for revenge. If there’s any character who might put V in situations full of amazing lighting, it’s probably someone who has a penchant for rock shows – though it isn’t clear how involved in the storyline Silverhand will get.
Cyberpunk 2077 will release on April 16, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.