Rocket League Has Been Played By 75 Million People, And Other Amazing Stats Revealed

Rocket League is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary with an in-game event, as the game was released on July 7, 2015. Developer Psyonix has plenty of reason to celebrate, as they’ve also announced some astonishing figures showing just how many people have played the game.

An infograph released to the game’s site has revealed that since launch, 75 million different people have played the game. That’s a huge figure, higher than the total sales figures of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

The game has racked this number up not just through people buying the game, but also across free-to-play weekends, Xbox Game Pass, and its initial launch on PlayStation Plus. It also likely covers people who have played local multiplayer, although those figures would be harder to track if guest accounts are used.

The infograph, below, also explains that 5 billion matches have been played, and a total of 29 billion goals scored–that’s an average of nearly six goals per match. It contains a breakdown of significant dates for the game, plus some information about player habits and the most downloaded community training packs.

For more on Rocket League, this article from Aron Garst explores a community of players that has dived deep into the game’s ice hockey mode.

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OGA Dota PIT Online Season 2 announce Europe and CIS division for the end of the month

OGA Dota PIT Online will bring eight of the best CIS and European teams to fight for the second season title and a share of the $170,000 prize pool at the end of the month of July.

With the Season 1 champions, Team Secret and the runners up, Team Liquid, both on a well-deserved vacation, the OGA Dota PIT Season 2 is set to witness a new force emerging. The event will kick off on the 27th of July with a double elimination bracket, best of three series, and will conclude on the 30th of the month with a best-of-five grand final. It will mark the debut for the revamped Natus Vincere roster and will also be the first tournament for Ninjas in Pyjamas without their captain, Akbar ‘SoNNeikO’ Butaev, who announced his departure from the team, yesterday, July 7.

  • Read more: SoNNeikO is no longer on the Ninjas in Pyjamas roster

OGA Dota PIT Online Season 2: EU and CIS team line-up:

  • OG
  • Natus Vincere
  • Team Nigma
  • Alliance
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • FlyToMoon

Prize pool distribution: 

1st place: $70,873
2nd place: $36,822
3rd place: $19,822
4th place: $14,161
5th-6th place: $8,500
7th-8th place: $5,661


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Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood Is Coming To PS5 And Xbox Series X, Gameplay Trailer Reveals

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood has debuted gameplay footage during a Nacon Connect stream, and revealed that the game is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X alongside current systems and PC (via the Epic Games Store). The game will launch on February 4, 2021.

The game will cast players as Cahal, a werewolf who is on a quest home to protect family and friends from the corporation Endron. It’ll be up to you to take this corporation down by using your werewolf powers to batter any and all enemies you encounter.

The trailer, below, shows Cahal in human, wolf, and werewolf forms. It looks like gameplay will differ depending on your form, and you’ll only be able to truly unleash on enemies in werewolf mode.

This single-player action game was originally announced as a 2020 release, but it has since been delayed.

A few other games were shown off or revealed during the Nacon Connect stream, and you can check them out below.

  • Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown Announced From WRC Devs
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Confirmed For PS5 And Xbox Series X
  • Greedfall Dev Reveals Steelrising, Which Reimagines The French Revolution With Robots
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong Is Releasing On Everything From Switch To PS5/Xbox Series X

GameSpot has officially kicked off Play For All–a celebration of all things gaming. Join us as we bring you the summer’s hottest news, previews, interviews, features, and videos, as well as raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts and Black Lives Matter with the help of our friends from around the gaming world. Check out the Play For All schedule for more.

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Donkey Kong Country Headlines Nintendo Switch Online's July Update

One of the most beloved platformers on the Super Nintendo is finally making its way to Switch’s ever-growing library of classic games. Donkey Kong Country headlines a mid-July update that adds three titles to the suite of games offered as a part of the Nintenod Switch Online subscription package.

Joining Rare’s classic co-op platformer in the SNES library is Natsume Championship Wrestling, an arcade-style pro-wrestling title that features 12 wrestlers and more than 50 moves. This month’s sole NES title is The Immortal, a 1990 fantasy action game from Electronic Arts. In The Immortal, you take on the role of a wizard who must venture into a dangerous labyrinth to find your missing mentor.

These three additions bring the total number of titles offered through the Nintendo Switch Online’s SNES and NES libraries to 85 games. The libraries already offer access to some of the most beloved classics of all time like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Kart, and Super Metroid. Donkey Kong Country, Natsume Championship Wrestling, and The Immortal join their respective libraries on July 15.

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Walmart Is Launching An Amazon Prime Competitor, Report Says

Watch out Amazon–Walmart is preparing to announce a new membership program of its own that will compete with Amazon Prime. This is according to a report from Recode, which states that Walmart’s subscription–Walmart+–will cost $98 USD/year and include a lot of perks.

These include same-day delivery and discounts on gas at Walmart’s fueling stations. Subscribers will also get early access to deals, sources told the site, along with some kind of “video entertainment.” Walmart sold its streaming service, Vudu, in April 2020.

Walmart+ will formally launch later this month, according to the report. The retailer originally planned to announce it in late March or April, but the company pushed its unveiling back due to the COVID-19 crisis, the report said.

Head to Recode to get the full story.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in Walmart’s sales, but the company still trails Amazon by a huge margin in terms of total e-commerce sales in the US.

Amazon also has a huge head start on Walmart, as Amazon Prime was launched back in 2005. A Prime membership now gets you much more than discounts on store items; it also includes access to Amazon’s original TV shows and movies. One of Amazon’s high-profile upcoming TV shows is a Lord of the Rings program that was recently cleared to resume production again in New Zealand.

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Games Inbox: Will you buy a next gen console this year?

The Wednesday Inbox argues whether Sega is best known for arcade games or consoles, as one reader asks for gaming TV recommendations.

To join in with the discussions yourself email [email protected]

Last minute reveal
I know it’s called the Xbox Games Showcase but do they really have to drag the price reveal out even further? Sony and Microsoft weren’t joking when they said they were waiting for each other to announce first. But they do realise that one of them has to go first or this isn’t going to work?

If Microsoft don’t announce their price until August, let’s say, that means three months max before it’s released. Money is tight at the moment, and I thought Microsoft realised that, and I’m not going to be making snap decisions about £500 consoles (which is what I assume it is, roughly) when I don’t know how things are going to be with work and the economy.

When are they going to open up pre-orders? Presumably not any earlier than August either, that’s crazy. And will they announce the Xbox Series S price at the same time or will that then go into a new game of chicken with the digital edition PlayStation 5?

I’m not picking on Microsoft here, mind. If anything Sony are worse because we have no clue when they’re going to announce anything, as they just lurk in background trying to pull a gotcha on Microsoft. Between this and Nintendo’s disappearing trick – not to mention the limp alternatives to E3 – the lack of leadership shown this year by the big companies has been shocking.

The real Sega
My initial response to the Sega mini arcade is why on Earth didn’t they do this years ago? And why wasn’t it the 60th anniversary and the Game Gear Micro the also-ran? Even in Japan, who cares about some unusably small portables running console games when you could have a relatively cheap mini arcade machine running what, I believe, Sega are most famous for.

Most of Sega’s most high-tech coin-ops never had a decent home conversion and even as a Mega Drive owner I always thought of Sega as an arcade maker first and a console maker second. The whole driving force (pun not intended) of the Mega Drive was arcade games appearing on a home console, even if they never looked or played as gun.

If it’s not going to be available in the West I’ll happily import the mini console as that to me is the real Sega, especially as it was the one thing they were undisputedly better at than any other company.

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Hope everyone has been keeping well in these strange times. I haven’t written into the Inbox in ages but something has really been getting up my nose lately with gaming and it’s not coronavirus! It’s that so many games now don’t allow button remapping! This really should be a standard now but is still a big issue, especially if you have any disability.

I have a few games on PC and Xbox, the PC version allows you to change buttons but the same game on Xbox doesn’t. Even some VR games on PC don’t allow this feature, so you’re stuck with some really awkward controls sometimes.

If any developers are reading this can we try and make this a standard for all games? I know you can use apps to remap controls but these can be awkward and limited, and you really shouldn’t have to use a third party app to do so. Thanks for reading, rant over!

GC: You’re right and we have no idea why not allowing remapping ever became a thing.

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Idiosyncrasy as standard
Will you be reviewing Superliminal by any chance, GC? It’s a really creative looking puzzle game that reminds me of two of my favourite puzzle adventure games in Portal and FEZ, judging by the trailer.

Also, when is the review embargo for Deadly Premonition 2 exactly? It supposedly comes out on Friday but I haven’t seen a single preview or anything leading up to its release.

Fingers crossed Swery65 and co. are able to repeat the idiosyncratic goodness of the first game, which in some aspects was as inexplicably delicious as a turkey jam sandwich with a bit of Fruit Loop cereal on top – I actually tried it!
Galvanized Gamer

GC: The Deadly Premonition 2 embargo is today. We’ll have to see about Superliminal.

Close relative
Hopefully GC can help me, please? I’ve decided to upgrade my HDTV (partly because I’ll be getting a PlayStation 5 at launch, as currently I’ve got a PlayStation 4). I’m looking to spend a maximum of £800 and over the last few days been googling away, looking at HDR+ televisions, however there’s so much choice and I’m genuinely at the moment bamboozled.

So any recommendations? I’ve come across a LG 65SM8050PLC which has a Nanocell Display, which sounds great at £749. But then there’s a Samsung UE75TU7000 75” Screen HRD10+ TV for £799, which is also thrown into the mix?

Some much needed help and/or guidance would be very much appreciated thank you, I read you every day GameCentral keep up your great work!
marcs73 (PSN ID) add me!

GC: None of us has bought a new TV in a while now, but hopefully a reader can advise. We do have a Samsung UE55NU8000 though, which we assume is related to the UE75TU7000, and that is a good TV.

Blind loyalty
I will be watching the Xbox livestream, not because I’m getting the Xbox Series X but to see the games that’s coming to both consoles. I’m not a fan of Halo. I’ve played a few of them but to me Halo has had its day and should be left in the past (that’s my opinion anyway).

As I’ve said before, if I get a PlayStation 5 I can play most of the games that come out on PlayStation 5 day one then Microsoft has said two years their exclusives will be coming out, which means hopefully the Xbox Series X would of been out two years and the price should of dropped.

Then I might buy an Xbox Series X depending on the games. If the games don’t make me want to buy an Xbox Series X I will just play them on a PC. Thanks to Microsoft allowing it and sticking with my PlayStation 5 but who knows what’s around the corner there is so little time left and so much to see.

GC: Why can’t you just wait until both companies announce everything and then make your decision based on the facts, not assumptions? It’s not like you can pre-order either of them yet anyway, so there’s absolutely no rush.

Tears in the rain
I have to agree that the loss of E3 has been really bad this year. It feels like we haven’t had any real announcements at all. The PlayStation 5 one is the only one I even remember and that was supposed to be part of E3 anyway (and yet weirdly came out the closest to the time E3 usually is).

Things are getting announced but it all feels like it’s getting lost in a sea of white noise, with no details or real information beyond the trailers as no-one is getting to play the games or talk to the developers properly.

What I worry is that publishers will learn to prefer it that way, given how many people watched that terrible Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reveal.

Catch up on every previous Games Inbox here

What’s wrong with highbrow?
I thought The Last Of Us Part 2 was an excellent game. I do feel the way it went about communicating its themes was a little manipulative and forced at times. But I feel the themes and what it wanted to say are worthwhile and many people I’ve watched stream the game do understand the intended message, whether they agree with it or not, so I don’t have too much issue with the approach.

I do give Naughty Dog massive credit for taking the characters where they did. They would of known many would hate it and I’m not just talking about the vile people who send death threats but genuine fans of the original game who would have a hard time accepting what happens to characters they grew to love in the first game.

Personally, I felt for the most part the actions of the characters and events were believable for the setting of a broken society. And that the setting was a used well to explore the themes it wanted too. It was still bold to do so and I tip my hat to Naughty Dog for really doubling down on their themes in the game.

I give Sony credit as well for the pattern of letting their first party developers make the game they want. Sony would of known how divisive The Last Of Us Part 2 would be but they went with it. Add that to the God Of War reboot and Guerrilla’s Horizon Zero Dawn breaking from their traditional output of Killzone, and also Sony, along with Guerrilla’s Games Decima engine, contributing a lot to third party game Death Stranding and you have a laudable pattern of gathering no moss. I’ll throw in PlayStation VR and the healthy support for it as well.

Regarding The Last Of Us Part 2 I don’t think it’s a masterpiece. But it is a top tier game and I don’t think it’s highbrow or artsy to say a very important game.

GC: Who is it you’re watching that doesn’t agree with the message that people should be more empathetic?

Inbox also-rans
I’m still struggling to understand how doing nothing is somehow a clever strategy and part of a plan. Are Nintendo fans so blinkered they can’t just admit when they’ve messed up? At what point does doing nothing stop being clever and become a problem? August? September? 2021? 2022? Asking for a friend.

Looking forward to some Far Cry 6 leaks before the end of the week, I’m sure that Gus from Breaking Bad being in it was only the start. I mean, at this point it’s inevitable isn’t it?

This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cranston who, inspired by the release of The Last Of Us Part 2, asks what is the best ever video game story?

No matter what kind of game it was, or when it was released, what do you feel has been the best story told in a video game, and why? Was the story the main element of the game or just part of the overall package? Did it work so well because of the script, the characters, the voiceovers, the integration with the gameplay, or something else?

How important is the story to you when playing a video game and how much do you care when it’s not very good? And how much do you put up with poor gameplay when it’s good?

E-mail your comments to: [email protected]

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You can also submit your own 500 to 600-word Reader’s Feature at any time, which if used will be shown in the next available weekend slot.

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Legends of Runeterra sees surprise nerfs in patch 1.5 – Daily Esports

The latest patch notes for Riot Games’ digital card game Legends of Runeterra are out. With this comes several major announcements for players. Not only will a new game mode release in the form of Labs, but the update will bring nerfs to two highly contentious cards. Let’s take a look at what all Riot will change in patch 1.5 of the Season of Fortune.

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      Legends of Runeterra‘s most notorious cards

      It should come as no surprise that Riot Games is reevaluating Pilfered Goods and Solitary Monk. Both cards have seen consistent play since their respective releases, and they’re often a source of frustration for players on the wrong side of the board.

      • Cost increased from 2 to 3

      Pilfered Goods’ basic mechanic is frustrating to play against but feels amazing to use. By increasing the casting cost of Pilfered Goods up to three, Riot hopes to decrease how often players see the card being cast in a game. This change also pushes back how quickly players can cast it for maximum value by a turn. Riot also warned that if the Nab mechanic continues to dominate the meta, additional changes may come in future patches.

      • Power decreased from 4 to 3

      Elusive is a powerful mechanic that Runeterra typically balances out by giving it to relatively weaker creatures. Solitary Monk was the exception to that rule. Forcing the owner to return all other allies to its owner’s hand is less of a hindrance when paired with powerful enter-the-battlefield abilities. To help offset this, Riot downgraded Solitary Monk’s power to three. It’s also worth noting that this change puts Solitary Monk in range of the Culling Strike. Culling Strike can kill units with power three or less and is a fairly consistent removal spell.

      🛠️Labs are tomorrow! 🛠️

      Read the whole patch notes here 👇👇👇

      — Legends of Runeterra (@PlayRuneterra) July 7, 2020

      An unexpected patch

      Legends of Runeterra patch 1.5 seems a little unique this time around. Riot had previously stated that the next time cards would be evaluated would be late July or early August, during the release of patch 1.6. This upcoming patch is unique as Riot Games will be bringing a small number of new cards to the game. Because of the dominating presence of both cards on the meta, though, Riot had to step in and make those changes now.

      Has Riot’s latest patch changed your favorite Legends of Runterra decks? Leave a comment below or in our brand new forums, where you can win a PlayStation 5 just by being a ranking member!

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      Best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Headphones And Adapters For 2020

      When it comes to listening to music or movies on your mobile devices, there’s no better option than a great pair of Bluetooth headphones. They’re wireless, convenient, and provide great audio quality for every activity. However, the handheld Nintendo Switch doesn’t natively support Bluetooth headphones, which can be frustrating since pretty much every other modern device does. Thankfully, there are a number of headphones and accessories that make wireless listening possible with the Switch–and they’re pretty great, too.

      To help combat this annoying quirk, we’ve rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones and adapters that will work with the Nintendo Switch straight out of the box. They don’t require any extra fiddling or setup: Simply plug them in, and you’re off to the races. Of course, some of these transmitters require a pair of Bluetooth headphones to connect to, so we’ve also provided a number of quality pairs that are definitely worth buying.

      For more of the best Nintendo Switch accessories to buy in 2020, see our guides to the best Switch carrying cases, screen protectors, and grips that make handheld play easier. Plus, check out more of the best gaming headsets we’ve tested.

      Note: The prices shown below indicate a product’s standard list price and may not reflect any current discounts or other fluctuations.

      SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless


      The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless gaming headset comes with everything you need to have a great experience. It includes a 2.4GHz wireless USB-C transmitter that you plug into the bottom of the Switch handheld, and it connects to the Arctis 1 headset immediately. You can also remove the microphone, which makes for a great experience with all of Nintendo’s games. The Arctis 1 Wireless works with the Switch, PS4, PC, and Android devices. There’s also an Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox that works with all of the aforementioned platforms as well as the Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

      Creative BT-W3 Bluetooth transmitter


      The Creative BT-W3 is a premium Bluetooth transmitter that works great with the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode and any pair of Bluetooth headphones you own. It supports four different Bluetooth codecs, including a low-latency one that works best for gaming and others that excel with music, movies, and more. The package also comes with a wireless 3.5mm microphone. That means you can plug the wireless transmitter into the bottom of the Switch and the 3.5mm microphone into the Switch’s headphone jack to communicate wirelessly with friends in supported games like Fortnite and Smite.

      HomeSpot USB-C Bluetooth transmitter


      The HomeSpot USB-C Bluetooth transmitter is an Amazon user favourite, with an average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 1,000 reviews. It features two buttons that help you sync your headphones and switch the codec from low-latency ones to the standard codec most Bluetooth adapters utilize. The HomeSpot transmitter also comes equipped with a built-in microphone that allows for voice chat in Switch games that support it.

      The best Bluetooth headphones for Nintendo Switch

      There’s no particular requirement that makes a pair of Bluetooth headphones specifically great for Nintendo Switch. Any pair of Bluetooth headphones will work with the transmitters above, though the quality will, of course, vary by brand. Here are some of the best Bluetooth headphones available right now that you can use with Nintendo Switch–thankfully, great headphones can also be quite affordable.

      Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth headphones


      Tribit is a great audio company with a host of products you can only find on Amazon. The company’s products come with cheap prices, which you might assume means they’re low quality; however, you’d be wise to not make that mistake. Tribit’s XFree Tune headphones cost less than $40, but they’re incredibly comfortable and produce impressive sound; plus, they have a 40-hour battery life. If you’re looking for a budget pair of Bluetooth headphones for the Switch, then look no further.

      Cowin E7 ANC Bluetooth headphones


      Cowin’s headphones are also popular on Amazon, boasting over 30,000 reviews with a rating of 4.5 stars. The pair is worth it for its excellent active noise canceling, 30-hour battery life, and comfortability. If you’re looking for a great pair of headphones that’ll truly block outside noise, Cowin’s E7 has you covered.

      Creative SXFI Air Bluetooth headphones


      Creative’s Super X-Fi technology is impressive, making it sound like you’re actually listening to external speakers positioned around a room as opposed to a pair of headphones, adding depth and richness to the audio. The SXFI Air utilizes this tech and works great with the Nintendo Switch’s Bluetooth transmitters. Whether you’re trotting around your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons or soaring through the air in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the sound quality is incredible and brings the game world to life. If you’re looking for one of the most unique–and best–audio experiences, then there’s no better choice than the SXFI Air.

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      Fortnite: How To Dance In Front Of A Camera At Sweaty Sands

      An interesting item in Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 3’s list of Week 4 challenges tasks you with dancing in front of a camera for 10 seconds at Sweaty Sands. This guide will help you locate a camera in Sweaty Sands and protect yourself while you boogie down to complete the challenge.

      Remember that these challenges won’t be live in Fortnite until July 9, so you’ll need to wait until then to try it for yourself.

      Where Is The Camera In Sweaty Sands?

      Sweaty Sands is one of the main locations on Fortnite’s Season 3 map so you should have little trouble finding it. The camera is located on the northern end of the beach near the entrance to the pier. You’ll find a light up dance floor and a camera. Here’s a map with the exact location of the camera:

      How Do I Dance In Fortnite?

      All you need to do is emote, which can be found by hitting down on the d-pad and choosing one, for 10 seconds while in front of the camera. Be sure to check your surroundings and build a small fortress to protect yourself from snipers and other enemies.

      What Reward Do I Get For Completing This Challenge?

      You’ll get a hefty amount of experience points for dancing in front of the camera.

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      Cyberspace Is One Of Cyberpunk 2077’s Greatest Mysteries

      Cyberpunk 2077 takes you to the fast-paced, techno-centric world of Night City. People augment their bodies on a whim, replacing their parts with better machine variations. As a sci-fi tale that immerses itself in the excess and our obsession with technology, especially our digital world, it makes sense that CD Projekt Red would touch on the concept of cyberspace. We saw this teased a bit in the demo from E3 2019, but we wanted to learn more about how this idea is implemented and how it’s all connected to the strange biochip implanted into V’s head.

      Cyberspace holds many mysteries. Not only will you be investigating this biochip and what it means for V, but a blackwall also exists within cyberspace. Few have gone to the other side of this wall and returned, but V is told they’ll be one of the first.

      Apparently, an event where viruses and malware were released into the web made it unusable and caused a global crisis that forced corporations to cut off cyberspace to the general public. “It is this dark place with many artifacts and secrets and only the most experienced net runners go in there,” quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told us back at E3. “Most users don’t go in there, but as you have seen you [are special].” 

      Just remember, nothing you do in the net goes unnoticed. Whether it’s corporations or gangs, someone is always tracking you. Netwatch and the Voodoo Boys are the two big powers at odds, and you’ll have to side with one. Netwatch provides high-caliber security for corporations and wants to prevent A.I. anarchy, while the Voodoo Boy are a group of highly skilled netrunners who want to establish contact with the free A.I. beyond the blackwall. The Voodoo Boys believe this will expand their domination over the net, giving them the upper hand against Netwatch. Netwatch believes in maintaining order and doesn’t want to see history repeat itself. Both are dangerous to the world.   
      During interviews for our cover story, we didn’t waste any time asking about how cyberspace will function in the game. Though the team wants to leave many things mysterious for now, lead quest designer Paweł Sasko provided more clarity. “There are layers,” he explains. “The first layer is the layer that exists in the world in social life. You can see that people have the internet, they have phones, you can check into the computers, and so on, but this is owned mostly by the military. Then you have this next level of netrunners. This specific type of cyberpunk that can go into the network, surf the network, and use it. And that last level is cyberspace – the moment the netrunner is actually inside it.” 

      For an example of how the latter works, Sasko points to the deep dive shown at E3 a year ago, where V is getting into a bathtub full of ice. “Their body is like a computer that is overheating, so they need to cool themselves down and not overclock their brain, because otherwise they could be fried,” he says. “V gets into that bathtub, and there’s a person who just adds more ice on top of them and, and then you just get cooled down, and then you get into cyberspace.”

      But perhaps Sasko’s most interesting revelation came from how story-driven the moments that V enters cyberspace actually are, and what questions get answered within it.  “For us, cyberspace is a storytelling tool,” he says. “As a player, you will be going into cyberspace multiple times throughout the storyline, and each time something very specific happens. So it’s not that as a player you can freely explore cyberspace. This is more story-focused. You’re meeting specific beings, and uncovering more mysteries regarding how it was made, how it came to be, and how it works. That’s what I can say without just going completely into spoilers.” 

      We’re glad CD Projekt Red has kept an aura of mystery and intrigue around this aspect of the game, but also that it’s set some expectations on what it will offer us in terms of gameplay and story. You can uncover the secrets to cyberspace and how it impacts V when it launches on November 19. 

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