Cyberpunk 2077 dev has 'just not been ready' to share E3 demo footage publicly

Update (August 27): They're ready now. CD Projekt has posted a 4K Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay video, which is much like the demos we saw at E3 and Gamecom.

Original story: In June, Cyberpunk 2077 topped the PC Gamer Best of E3 2018 awards. Here's everything we know about CD Projekt's next RPG—which includes a link to the leaked audio from its E3 gameplay demo. Footage of that is yet to be released to the public. Speaking to our Samuel at Gamescom, the developer has spoken about why we've been kept in the dark.

"We've just not been ready to do it," quest designer Patrick Mills tells us. "We wanted to go ahead and show the demo off, see how [the media] respond to it, build up an appetite for that, and, you know... someday."

CD Projekt Red is showing off a similar closed doors demo to the press and influencers at Gamescom this week, which contains subtle tweaks to what aired in June.  

"The biggest difference between what we had at E3 and now is that at E3 we were showing our female protagonist, and in this one we're showing our male protagonist," says Mills. "Additionally, there are some other small changes to how the situation gets resolved with the gang and all of those things. So, some small differences just to show how you can play through the game differently."

When pressed about when we might see the demo in motion, Mills adds: "I don't know, I couldn't say." He does however speak to the sense of mythology that now surrounds the elusive footage. 

"I wouldn't be able to tell you if it was deliberate or not. I do think that it's been interesting to see and hearing people talk about the E3 demo: 'did you see the E3 demo?' This is actually very humbling, because while we believe this is good and we're very proud of it and we've worked very, very hard on it, we were not quite sure what the reaction was going to be to showing it like this. 

"But, yeah, I've been glad to see the response and I've been glad people are excited about it. I'm looking forward to showing it to more people too."

Additional reporting by Samuel Roberts.