Ever since the game’s debut at E3 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 has been a hot topic in the gaming community. Recently, it became known that Cyberpunk will mostly be played as a first-person shooter, and the community’s opinions on the matter have split.
For the audience that is coming from the other CD Projekt RED’s title, The Witcher 3, it might be a hard switch as the game allowed to see the character as well as what is happening around Geralt.
On the other hand, it can be noted that first-person perspective allows for deeper immersion and lends itself better to a shooter genre. Unlike the Witcher, Cyberpunk 2077 will have a lot of its events happening in the narrow urban areas of the Night City.
Peter Gelencser, the lead level designer of Cyberpunk 2077, explained the philosophy behind the change:
“First and foremost, I really enjoy all the attention the subject is getting, because it is important. This has been an educated decision. The first-person point of view is there so you can see things happening up close, and so you can really interact with things in a visceral manner with the game world. It worked out well with our exploration of the genre.
Third-person works well in games like the Witcher when you have a lot of motion and movement around you, But when all the things happen to you, from you, within you, the first-person point of view is the right decision to take, especially because of the augmentations”.
To all of you asking – you’ll have many opportunities to see your character. It’s going to be First Person RPG, not a FPS. https://t.co/CL3ltfcaAe
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) 12 June 2018
What is your take on the topic? Do you prefer the first-person or the third-person? And if so, will be a deal breaker to you or you don’t care either way?