Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City is much bigger than you realize
Anticipation for CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 has been high ever since it was first shown way back in 2013. The wait will finally come to an end this year, although a little later than we expected. Much like with their Witcher games, CD Projekt Red will be in the familiar position of creating an original story inside a preexisting franchise of Cyberpunk 2077. One of the added bonuses of playing the Witcher series is realizing that the stories, characters, and world of the game can all be expanded and made bigger through various Witcher stories across other mediums. Through the novels (the inspiration for the games), comic books, TV series, and spin-off games, CD Projekt Red worked to make the world of the Witcher grow, providing fans with a near endless supply of entertainment. With Cyberpunk 2077 they seem to be using the same strategy to make the world of Night City just as massive.
2077’s Night City already has a long history of chaos, corruption and cool revolutionaries. Mike Pondsmith created the Cyberpunk franchise in 1988 as a tabletop RPG. The game features a similar history to the real world before breaking into a high tech dystopian future. In total there have been three editions of Cyberpunk, with a fourth edition designed as a prequel to 2077 releasing later this year. Some of the characters and events from the tabletop games, like Johnny Silverhand played by Keanu Reeves, will have large roles in Cyberpunk 2077. By the time you step onto the streets as V in 2077 there will already be well over fifty years worth of history that has shaped and impacted Night City.
Night City has a strong foundation explained by the tabletop games but that isn’t all CD Projekt Red is relying on to expand the city’s size. In September Dark Horse comics will start a four issue tie in comic series, Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team. One of the early game trailers showed a Trauma Team aggressively rescuing a client from V and Jackie. Trauma Team International is a militarized paramedic company hired by both the legitimate and criminal VIPS of Night City. Their units come equipped with the medical and military equipment to save their clients’ lives, even if they’re bleeding out in the middle of a turf war shootout. The comic will follow a member of one of those response units as a typical call goes sideways.
As a final piece of material to showcase more of Night City, CD Projekt Red is partnering with Studio Trigger and Netflix to produce the Cyberpunk Edgerunners series. Edgerunners is going to be a standalone ten episode anime that is planned for release in 2022. While the details are sparse, Studio Trigger’s track record of loved anime titles, such as Kill La Kill, Gurren Lagann and Little Witch Academia are reason enough to be excited for it. To show that the project is receiving the studio’s highest effort, founders and lead directors Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka will serve as the series directors.
Cyberpunk 2077 is going to provide hundreds of hours worth of content and entertainment through the game alone this November, but because of CD Projekt Red’s efforts there will be plenty more ways to explore Night City for years to come.