The most anticipated game of the year finally arrived. Cyberpunk 2077, which features a digital Keanu Reeves as a major character, comes out today, December 10.
The game, hotly anticipated by gaming publications and enthusiasts across the world, is a role-playing game set in a dystopian future and based on a pen-and-paper title from the 1990s. It will cost $60.
It is an open-world game that allows players to build a character called “V” who lives in Night City and is on a mission to become a top-tier criminal. “V” is a character that players can customize. It has a malware-infected biochip in its head. That malware takes the form of Johnny Silverhand, played by Reeves.
The game will be available for Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, and Stadia, with compatibility with PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Made by Polish video game company CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077 proved to be a litmus test for the fast-growing videogame market, with the Warsaw-based company facing challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak as they struggled managing creative teams remotely.
The delays have reportedly pushed CD Projekt Red to spend bigger, with the team shelling out big cash for a huge marketing campaign and hiring Reeves.
Cyberpunk 2077 was originally due in April but restrictions due to the pandemic delayed activities to roll out the game.
Cybercriminals are looking to make money out of the hype
With its huge demand, however, cybercriminals are searching for ways to cash in on the excitement, with the game being used as a lure for cyberattacks.
Scams that offer “free copies” while stealing personal information are all over the internet, according to researchers at Kaspersky, a multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider.
Kaspersky said several websites are offering free purported downloads for the game.
“If the visitor clicks the [download] button, the site downloads an executable file that appears to be an installer to the computer,” Kaspersky researchers said on Monday. “Opening it, the user sees a menu with some inactive buttons, creating the illusion that, once installed, the app can be used to run and configure the game.”
WATCH: Keanu Reeves behind the scenes of Cyberpunk 2077
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