"Cyberpunk 2077 is an incredibly ambitious game, mixing first-person perspective and deep role-playing, while also creating an intricate and immersive world in which to tell its story," said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. "We think the world of Cyberpunk will greatly benefit from the realistic lighting that ray tracing delivers."
NVIDIA did strongly hint that a GeForce RTX card will be needed, though, saying that "NVIDIA GeForce RTX is an official technology partner for Cyberpunk 2077."
Requirements aside, CD PROJEKT RED says the inclusion of real-time ray tracing will "add another layer of depth and vertically" to the game. Users who are able to enable the feature can expect to see lighting portrayed in a realistic way in a crowded urban environment, such as beaming reflections in puddles and having neon lights bounce off of murky roads and sidewalks.
The number of games that support real-time ray tracing, both those that have already shipped and those that will be shipping, is slowly growing. It is the stand out feature of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX series graphics cards—they include dedicated RT cores to assist the GPU with ray-traced workloads, in games that support the feature.
Cyberpunk 2077 is due to release on April 16, 2020.