Cyberpunk 2077 trailer features hidden message concerning DLC, DRM, release window and more

Talk about reading the small print

As is always the case with internet sleuths these days, no sooner had CD Projekt RED dropped their excellent Cyberpunk 2077 trailer than Reddit had taking to pulling it apart, searching for any clues or info on the highly-anticipated RPG.

Amazingly, rather than just tidbits, Reddit fans found an entire press statement, hidden within the flashing frames of hacker static and janky text. The statement appears to be a letter from the developer, talking about what has brought the project together, when they hope to have Cyberpunk ready for release, and plans for DLC, expansions, and DRM as well as the discreditation of microtransactions. Thank fuck for that.

The full message, pasted together, reads as follows:

“It’s been over 2077 days since we announced our plan to develop Cyberpunk 2077. We released a CGI trailer, gave some interviews and… went dark. Normal procedure for these kinds of things – you announce a game and then shut up, roll up your sleeves, and go to work. We wanted to give you The Witcher 3 and both expansions first, which is why this period of staying silent was longer than we planned. Sorry for that.

As soon as we concluded work on Blood and Wine we were able to go full speed ahead with CP2077’s pre-production. But we chose to remain silent. Why? At some point, we made a decision to resume talking about the game only when we have something to show. Something meaningful and substantial. This is because we do realise you’ve been (im)patiently waiting for a very long time, and we wouldn’t want anyone to feel that we’re taking this for granted. On the contrary – it gives us a lot of extra motivation. The hype is real, so the sweat and tears need to be real, too :).

But to the point. Today is the day. If you’re seeing this, it means you saw the trailer – our vision of Cyberpunk, an alternative version of the future where America is in pieces, megacorporations control all aspects of civilised life, and gangs rule the rest. And, while this world is full of adrenaline, don’t let the car chases and guns mislead you. Cyberpunk 2077 is a true single player, story-driven RPG. You’ll be able to create your own character and… well, you’ll get to know the rest from what we show at our booth at E3. Be on the lookout for previews!
Before we finish, you probably have some questions, right?

1. When? When we told you we would only release the game when it’s ready, we meant it. We’re definitely much, much closer to a release date than we were back then :), but it’s still not the time to confirm anything, so patience is still required. Quality is the only thing that drives us – it’s the beauty of being an independent studio and your own publisher.

2. How big? Seriously big, but…, to be honest, we have no bloody clue at this point in time. Once we put it all together, we will openly tell you what you can expect. And we promise we’ll do this before we start talking about any pre-orders or ask anything of you.

3. Free DLC/Expansions/DRM? Expect nothing less than you got with The Witcher 3. As for DRM, CP2077 will be 100% DRM-free on PC.

4. Microtransactions? In a single player role-playing game? Are you nuts?

Once again, thank you for your patience. If you have a minute, do visit cyberpunk.net and share your opinion (about anything) with us. We read everything you post and we treat it very seriously. Yours, CD PROJEKT RED Team”

So there you have it. A whole press release, entirely encased in a few frames of animation, hidden in plain sight. Pretty sneaky, sis.

Cyberpunk 2077 is currently in development at CD Projekt RED.

Hidden message in Cyberpunk 2077 trailer decoded [Reddit]

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.