While gamers anxiously await more news about CD Projekt Red's next game, Cyberpunk 2077, one fan artist created a mash-up design of a character from one of that developer's previous games, The Witcher 3, with what the new game might look and feel like.
The artwork shows Geralt, The Witcher himself, in all his glory. But in this art, he wears a more modern cyberpunk suit, has a robotic arm and carries a shotgun. The art imagines what CD Projekt Red's new Cyberpunk 2077 world might look like, based on early concept art released by the developer. Geralt remains one of the most popular video game characters of all time, and Cyberpunk 2077 will probably be one of the most anticipated titles of all time.
The artwork is by Johnson Ting, a concept artist who specializes in AAA games and movie visual development. This isn't just some fan artist, but someone who has put a lot of time and effort into his work. His resumé list includes experience working with Microsoft, Warner Bros., DICE, ID Software and 2K games, among other companies. He refers to this piece as "a fan art for fun and practice, based off a 3D model of Geralt's face and some photobashing."
In spite of Geralt's popularity as a character, CD Projekt Red continues to confirm that his story is over. Fans might clamor for another title in The Witcher franchise, but the developer states that The Witcher 4 will never happen; the series was only meant as a trilogy to begin with. The developer created an ending for Geralt's story with the "Blood and Wine" DLC, and then moved on to their next project, Cyberpunk 2077. And although it seems like it's been some time since CD Projekt Red gave any updates on the project, there are sources that believe players will get to see a lot more of Cyberpunk 2077 at this year's E3, including a first look at the playable version of the game.
For fans who just can't get enough of Geralt, though, there is good news. Geralt is a playable character in Soulcalibur VI. Most importantly, though, he will appear in the Netflix TV series adaptation of The Witcher.
This fan art imagines a world that probably will never exist, but combines a beloved character with a new franchise that gamers can't wait to get a first look at. Although it serves as a nice throwback to what was, it also teases the future of Cyberpunk 2077.
Source: Johnson Ting