Observe: some spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077’s story under.
Cyberpunk 2077’s quest director Pawel Sasko has stated that gamers criticizing the open world RPG for being too “linear” are “fully justified.”
By way of PCGamesN (opens in new tab), The remark got here up whereas Sasko was taking viewer questions throughout a current Twitch stream. One viewer requested what he thought of individuals criticizing the open world RPG as being “linear.”
“Effectively, I feel it is fully justified,” Sasko stated. “Gamers anticipated extra, they anticipated extra due to how Witcher 3 is constructed. And I feel Cyberpunk has an insane quantity of non-linearity. However once more, I feel the expectations have been increased.”
A number of the criticism of Cyberpunk 2077 being too linear stem from the introductory quests, which start with the participant selecting their beginning function from three completely different origin tales. Irrespective of which they select, their character is reasonably shortly funneled into the primary storyline, and there was little or no influence on the story no matter which origin you picked. Others have stated there aren’t many large decisions within the sport that result in main branches within the storyline.
Sasko brings up an fascinating level in his response to this: generally large branches in a narrative could not even register with gamers as a result of the selection itself is not one most individuals find yourself deliberating over. The instance Sasko makes use of is Goro Takemura, one of many sport’s greatest and most likable characters.
“The truth that Takemura can die or not is such an enormous gigantic department that really influences so many issues alongside the way in which. And it was a lot work to make it work each of these methods.”
However for gamers who made it a precedence to save lots of Takemura as a result of they favored him a lot and did not need him to die, “In a means, it turned nearly a non-choice,” stated Sasko. “In gamers’ minds, it turned linear.”
Sasko says Cyberpunk 2077 is an especially non-linear sport, nonetheless. “There’s a lot randomization inside that [quest] system, that it isn’t potential to have an identical playthroughs in any respect.” That stated, he nonetheless thinks participant complaints about linearity are legitimate.
“I feel it is high quality. I feel it may have been higher, actually,” Sasko stated. “And we do know make it higher. And I might anticipate extra from us, from myself, and from us as a studio.”
You possibly can watch the VOD of Sasko’s stream, with the dialogue starting round 1:17:00.