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Free-to-play RPG cyberpunkdreams gets a debut trailer and beta registration

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Despite my penchant for drooling over screenshots of Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab)'s Night City, I don't really equate cyberpunk with flashy visuals. My favourite bits of cyberpunk media, when they're not exclusively text, are cards games and isometric RPGs. Text-based RPG cyberpunkdreams (opens in new tab) has piqued my interest, then, and is conveniently now letting prospective players sign up for the beta (opens in new tab)

Set in 2092 Cincinnati, now host to 24 million people, you're a nobody and newcomer to the city, with a gun being your only possession. You've got a mission to complete, apparently, but Cincinnati is a free-wheeling place where you'll carve out your own path, which will then have a knock-on effect on NPCs and the city itself. 

You'll explore the city by hopping from menu to menu, building up your list of contacts and fattening up you inventory with clothes, weapons and augmentations. It looks like you'll be able to recruit people to help you out, too, so you'll have a wee gang to back you up—always helpful in a dystopian mega-city. 

I'm reminded of Fallen London (opens in new tab), but that might be down to the fact that it's the last text-based RPG that I played. There's a strange city at the heart of both, though, and menus full of little icons and cards that represent everything from people and places to less tangible things like relationships. Like Fallen London, there's also a sandbox element, and while you start with a single mission, the world will evolve as developer Late Night Games introduces new stories and limited events every month. 

The beta hasn't been dated yet, but with registration now open, it shouldn't be too far off. There's already 1.5 million words in the game, a boast that's the text-based RPG equivalent of saying, "Our game is 200 hours long and has a humongous map." 

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.