This is why Cyberpunk 2077’s main story will be shorter than The Witcher 3’s


Without question, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most eagerly anticipated games coming this year. This is especially true taking into account that game makers CD Projekt Red were behind 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a role-playing masterpiece set in a medieval fantasy world which won many Game of the Year awards and led to the Netflix series starring Henry Cavill.

Actually, Cyberpunk 2077 also features star power in the form of Keanu Reeves, as the iconic actor will be playing Johnny Silverhand, one of the major characters in the game.

So many people are eager to get their hands on Cyberpunk 2077 then, which will be released to the world on November 19 this year. This is a week after Sony’s PS5 hits the market (the game won’t get a specific PS5 version at launch, but those who get it on PS4 will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version free of cost).

And in a recent episode of Night City Wire, CD Projekt revealed more about the game, discussing the length of Cyberpunk 2077’s main story campaign, as was recently covered on Forbes.

Senior quest designer Patrick K Mills said CD Projekt had addressed gamer complaints regarding the length of The Witcher 3’s main story, which many players did not finish.

“We do know that the main story run in Cyberpunk 2077 is slightly shorter than The Witcher 3 because we got a lot of complaints about The Witcher 3’s main story just being too long”, said Mills, adding that “looking at the metrics you see tremendous numbers of people played through that game really far, but never made it to the end. We want you to see the whole story”.

Players not finishing the main story in The Witcher 3 (which admittedly takes a lot of twists and turns, leading the player to many different places in the game world), might have had to do with the numerous side quests in the game. These optional missions were often as satisfying as the main quest, and allowed players to become more powerful by gaining experience and upgrading their character, likely making some people forget about the main story altogether.

This is despite the fact that The Witcher 3’s main story surely is a cut above that of games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, in which I tended to focus on the side quests and mostly ignored the main story.

So it would be a terrific thing if Cyberpunk 2077’s main story (which is set in the futuristic, dystopian Night City) turns out to be really compelling from beginning to end, something we’ll find out when the game comes out in less than two months’ time.

Note: Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on November 19, 2020. Available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X and Google Stadia.