As evidenced by the recently released game demo, Cyberpunk 2077 is an ambitious project for CD Project RED. The intricate systems that the studio has bothered, such as character creation, seems to indicate Cyberpunk 2077 will exploit all the ounces of power CD Project can pull from a platform. Unfortunately, due to hardware constraints, some features may be thrown to the benefit of others.
The game's Level Designer, Miles Tost, told IGN that the studio is not sure about Cyberpunk 2077s environments will be full destructiveness.
Each platform has only so much performance. If you think of it as a developer, how would you mess this performance? Do you want to have more NPCs? Do you want to fill a big city room? Or do you want the environment to be more devastating? Do you want the lighting to get better, or do you want more complicated AI.
This does not mean that areas will not be torn apart. CD Project RED creates technology to ensure that players' interactions with environments have as much detail as possible. Tost explained,
So we try to push interactivity to the world by adding details from a physical page. The game will be very physical, will have a lot of destruction. You can see it in the demo when in the scavengers area and you shoot the columns and they start to crumble. All this is to emphasize the world. To truly give life to our vision of what is very much a dark version of the future.
The world of Cyberpunk is not a nice, beautiful place, everyone is happy. It is inherently dystopic and we want to portray this cruel side of life, the reality of warfields with super-advanced weapons in a world where people reinforce weapons and military level cyberware that is only there to kill people.
Nevertheless, the limitations of today's hardware can track some of the developer's more intricate plans where environmental disturbances are concerned. Yes, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are incredibly powerful machines. However, technology goes fairly fast. If a developer wishes to add extra watches and whistles, it may be at the expense of something else. For example, David Cage has recently talked about Detroit: Be Human's does not have a photo mode because PS4's limited memory would not allow it.
With regard to Cyberpunk 2077 it is possible CD Project will create completely destroying environments for high-end PCs or next-generation hardware. Cyberpunk 2077 currently has an official release date.