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"In 2077 they voted my city the worst place to live in America. Main issues? Sky high rate of violence and more people living below the poverty line than anywhere else. Canít deny it - itís all true... but everybody still wants to live here. This cityís always got a promise for you. Might be a lie, an illusion, but itís there... just around the corner... and it keeps you going. Itís a city of dreams. And Iím a big dreamer..."

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming Action RPG being developed by CD Projekt RED based on the Cyberpunk Tabletop RPG by Mike Pondsmith. The title will be CD Projekt RED's first new property since they started developing The Witcher game series. Unlike the Low Fantasy world of The Witcher however, Cyberpunk is as it's name suggests set in a dystopian futuristic world in which ultra-modern technology co-exists with a degenerated human society.

Night City, California. Year 2077. The world is broken. MegaCorps manage every aspect of life from the top floors of their sky-scraping fortresses. Down below, the streets are run by drug pushing gangs, tech hustlers, and illegal braindance slingers. The in-between is where decadence, sex and pop culture mix with violent crime, extreme poverty and the unattainable promise of The American Dream. You are V, a cyberpunk. And in a world of cyber enhanced street warriors, tech-savvy netrunners and corporate life-hackers, today is your first step to becoming an Urban Legend.

Previews: Teaser, E3 2018 Trailer

Cyberpunk 2077 provides the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Huge Population: A common feature of cyberpunk settings, Night City is densely populated.
    V: Main issues? Sky high rate of violence and more people living below the poverty line than anywhere else. Canít deny it - itís all true... but everybody still wants to live here.

  • Advert-Overloaded Future There are thousands of glowing neon signs and massive screens advertising various products. V can even interact with some advertisements, which then places a waypoint on the map, showing where they can buy it.
  • Action Girl: V can be played as a woman if the player so desires thanks to Character Customization.
  • Alternate Universe: The setting's history diverges noticeably from ours: Most importantly, viable BrainĖComputer Interface technology that allows for fully functional cyborg prosthesis is already working and in wide circulation by the early 2000s, something that even at the time of the game's development in the 2010s was still very much in a research phase. Many other alternate events, like a The European Union equivalent being established a year earlier than in the real world and as a monetary union right off the bat, also occur.
  • Always Night: Averted. Uncommonly for a cyberpunk setting, the E3 2018 trailer takes place almost entirely during the day. The game proper has a day/night cycle.
  • Anatomy Arsenal: It is apparently common for the less savoury citizens of Night City to replace their natural limbs with robotic weaponised ones. Of note is the female cyberpsycho with extendable arm blades shown in the 2013 trailer.
  • Anti-Hero: V and crew are hired killers working for corrupt corporate interests and organized crime, who regularly disrupt regular people's lives for their own personal gains.
  • Artificial Limbs: Robotic arms, legs and so forth have become commonplace by 2077, to the point street shops sell them.
  • Attack Drone: In the 2018 E3 trailer, a group of mercenaries are seen purchasing a robotic quadrapedal drone.
  • Badass Gay: V can potentially be played as this, as same-sex romance options and sexual encounters will be available to the player for both male and female V.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Night City is littered with Japanese text (as well as other languages). There is even a sign for a hotel that reads "HOテル" meaning Hoteru, or Hotel. (One can imply by the pun what kind of hotel it is.)
  • Black Market: A key element to the seedy underbelly of Night City. V can take advantage by procuring weapons and cybernetic augments this way.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The female psycho in the first teaser has scythe like blades that pop out of her artificial forearms. Recent news reports confirm that these "Mantis Blades" will be implantable for V, and can also be used for climbing.
  • Body Horror: Some of the augmentations shown thus far are extreme: People cut off their arms to turn them into concealed cybernetic blades, or pluck out their eyes to install "better" robotic ones. A woman doing her makeup in the official trailer is even revealed to have replaced the entire lower half of her face with removable cybernetic parts. Similarly, we see corporate executives whose brain implants can be overloaded to cause serious shocks or even burn their heads open from the inside out.
  • BrainĖComputer Interface: Most cybernetic brain augments include surgically implanted sockets or cables for wired connections and reading from external media, a la Ghost in the Shell. However, the ports are now contemporary industry standards, like USB or SD card.
  • City of Adventure: Night City has been voted "worst city in America" by 2077, with poverty galore and absurd amounts of violence (both regular and corporate-sponsored). People go there regardless in the pursuit of a better life... even if they have to take it from someone else.
  • City of Weirdos: The E3 2018 trailer shows us many short peeks into the lives of the Night City denizens, and they seem like quite an eclectic bunch.
  • Character Customization: V's gender, appearance, skills and even backstory are up to the discretion of the player.
  • Combat Medic: Trauma Team have armed security details and were shown shooting up some gangsters with a VTOL mounted machine gun.
  • Computer Virus: Can be used to do all sorts of things, from jamming weapons to making people burn alive from within.
  • Corporate Warfare: The megacorps of Night City all vie for control through subterfuge, economic dominance, or just plain violence.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Meredith Stout, the Militech agent in the second closed door mission, is a textbook example. Egotistical, elitist and sending V and Jackie on what would have been a suicide mission if not for their skill, only to scoff and smugly insist on her superiority when called out by V.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Night City looks incredibly pretty on the surface, but it wasn't voted the worst place to live in America for nothing.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: True to the pen-and-paper RPG, the more cybernetics people install in their body, the higher the chance they'll suffer a psychotic break from a bad interaction, malfunction, or case of extreme dissociation, and turn into a violent, Axe-Crazy "Psycho".
  • Cyberpunk: On just about every level. The game is named Cyberpunk. It's based on the Cyberpunk tabletop game that has been shaping the genre since 1988. You play as a cybernetically enhanced Street Punk. And it takes place in a world where violence, poverty, corruption and crime exists side by side with cyborgs, flying cars and other futuristic tech.
  • Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain: Defied by the creators, with Night City by daylight being bright and colorful, yet nonetheless dystopian. However, the game has also been confirmed to feature dynamic time of day and weather, so this trope is played fully straight in some circumstances.
  • Daylight Horror: The 2018 E3 trailer takes place almost entirely during the day, showing the horrifying state and depravity of Night City.
  • Deadly Doctor: Do not get in the way of Trauma Team and one of their clients.
  • Divided States of America: Night City is located in "The Free State of California",
  • Dystopia: The cyberpunk world of 2077 has a society that allows body modification to the point many suffer psychotic breaks, and a police force that responds with dangerously excessive force to crimes. Ambulances are now floating APCs staffed by SWAT Team PMC troops who will kill on sight to ensure no one gets in the way of them treating someone insured by their medical company. And millions live below the poverty line, with many only able to make a living as criminals resorting to stealing, selling drugs, Organ Theft and worse, or Hired Guns who hurt and kill their fellow man for a tiny bit of temporary contract work from Corrupt Corporate Executives.
  • Electronic Eyes: Par for the course for a cyberpunk game. The most notable from the trailer example is the trio of identical cyborgs with big cameras for eyes.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: As you might expect from a game named Cyberpunk 2077, you play as a cybernetically enhanced Street Punk ("cyberpunk" for short) in the year 2077.
  • Experience Points: The game is confirmed to feature a level based XP system, rather than the point based skill system from the original tabletop games.
  • Extra Eyes: Invoked with the MAX-TAC police officers' compound camera helmets, which make them appear as though they have six robotic eyes.
  • Eye Scream: The E3 2018 trailer features two examples, one of a man's eye getting ripped out, the other of a corporate burning alive from within, with flames shooting out of his mouth and eye sockets.
  • Fallen States of America: Yet another cyberpunk hallmark. By 2077 United States federal government has almost completely broken with many of the states outright seceding from the union. What remains of the US and its successor states are third world countries in all but name, filled to the brim with crime and violence as well as both political and corporate corruption.
  • Fauxrrari: V's car seen in the E3 2018 trailer has marks reading V-TECH, rather obvious take on Honda's variable valve timing system, VTEC. The car itself seems to be based mainly on Ferrari Testarossa, Vector W8 and Lancia Stratos with a more futuristic Cyberpunk design.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The E3 2018 reveal had codes for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox One for a few seconds when the conference was being 'hacked'.
  • Flying Car: As per the source material, reserved only for the wealthy and certain organizations such as the Police, Army and Trauma Team.
  • Gang Bangers: Features heavily in the 2018 E3 trailer.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Trauma Team personnel always have masks on to ensure they won't be afflicted with any potential airborne poisons, pathogens or illnesses while treating incapacitated patients.
  • Gay Option: Owing to the customizable nature of the character, both male and female V can have romantic and sexual relationships with men and women alike.
  • Hacker Cave: Features in the 2018 E3 trailer when someone hooked up to wired in a board meeting is aparrently assassinated by a hacker in a remote location.
  • Hired Guns: V and their companions make their living as "contract workers". But said work almost always involves shooting their way into and then out of someone else's business.
  • Iconic Outfit: Thus far, V's "Samurai" jacket with Tron Lines in the collar and large metal studs on the shoulders, seems to be this.
  • Immune to Bullets: Higher end cybernetic skin is so tough that all but the highest caliber of bullets bounce right off it.
  • Japan Takes Over the World: As is common with cyberpunk settings, there is a massive amount of Japanese text and advertisement across Night City, which is based in California. It's still unknown though if Japan has become the dominant superpower by 2077 or if the European Economic Community still remains the most powerful player on the globe, like it did in the original tabletop games.
  • Malevolent Masked Men:
    • MAX-TAC officers, police authorized to use lethal force, wear helmets that cover the entire top halves of their head.
    • Trauma Team troops wear gas masks at all times to make sure they can access their patients and kill anyone who gets in their way as fast as possible.
  • Mega Corp.: It wouldn't be cyberpunk without them. Multi-national corporations have "diversified" into having controlling interests in almost all aspects of daily life, with the Arasaka Corporation set to be one such significantly oppressive organization on your journey.
  • Mr. Fanservice / Ms. Fanservice: The default male and female V are quite fine featured.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Interviews revealed that you can customize your background and backstory. How it plays out in-game remains to be seen.
  • Mythology Gag: The official trailer is packed with references to the pen and paper RPG.
    • The female cyborg poster in a window in the teaser trailer is based on the cover art for one of the Cyberpunk pen-and-paper rulebooks.
    • V's glowing popped collar matches the one seen on the cover of the version of the tabletop game.
  • Noodle Incident: One of the snippets in the trailer (able to be observed on a screenshot on the official site), has Trauma Team resuscitating a man lying down on the street in tiger-print underwear, with pill bottles all around.
  • One-Letter Name: The customizable main character is simply referred to as "V".
  • Optional Sexual Encounter/Romance Sidequest: V can romance and have sex with male and female characters regardless of V's gender, though some major romance options will only be available to male or female V respectively.
  • Organ Theft: The first mission showed off during the closed doors press demo involves rescuing a woman from some implant thieves. In addition, the E3 2018 trailer shows someone getting his eye stolen.
  • Plug 'n' Play Technology: Cyberpunk's brain interfaces use the same USB cables and Secure Digital card reader ports featured in almost all computer hardware at the time of the game's development.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The roles from the tabletop RPG have been eschewed for a "fluid class system" with a trio of Solo, Netrunner and Techie skill trees to freely invest in and combine. The Attractiveness attribute has been removed (as V is as attractive as the player wants to make them) and the slow-paced Improvement Point system has been replaced with a more typical XP bar.
  • Rule of Cool: "Cool" is literally a character stat. It most likely represents a combination of charisma and reputation.
  • Shout-Out: 2077's setting borrows heavily from a number of other cyberpunk sci-fi works.
    • The Braindances are a lot like the SQUID devices in Strange Days.
    • The MAX-TAC flying car designs borrow from similar vehicles in Blade Runner.
    • MAX-TAC officers themselves borrow elements from the Judges of Judge Dredd.
    • There's a reflex booster drug ingested via inhaler that causes time to slow down, a concept from one of the original Cyberpunk pen-and-paper's game major influences, Walter Jon Williams's novel Hardwired, and more recently seen in films like Dredd.
    • The ripperdoc who does modifications on your body goes by Doctor Victor, as a reference to Mary Shelley's Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
  • The Six Stats: Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Tech, Reflex, Cool.
  • Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty: The creators have expressed their dislike for how overplayed "Dark, gritty raining world" cyberpunk settings have become. As such, 2077 is full of bright multi-colored neon lights and relatively clean urban environments.
  • Translator Microbes: Players would be required to buy these in order to understand NPCs speaking in their native language.
  • Vice City: While superficially it looks fairly decent (if crowded), Night City is absolutely one of these. According to the official trailer, it was voted the worst place to live in America due to rampant street violence and more people underneath the poverty line than above it.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Zigzagged with Archive's song "Bullet" from the teaser trailer. Albeit the lyrics fit well with the teaser, the Trip hop sound of the song doesn't.
  • Squad Nickname: MAX-TAC (Maximum Force Tactical Division) is nicknamed the Psycho Squad because their chief job is to hunt down psychos, rogue cyborgs gone nuts.
  • Super Cop: The Psycho Squads are not your average SWAT team. Armed with the best in armor, commo-equipment and vehicles they have free reign to anything and everything in their power to pull cyber-psychos to state sponsored therapy, whether they like it or not.
  • The Lancer: Jackie Welles, a more seasoned mercenary, is likely to be this to V, alongside probably being a mentor figure.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: CD Projekt Red has confirmed that Night City is a completely open world that is even larger than The Witcher 3's Continent.
  • Wretched Hive: The United States of America as a whole has turned into this by 2077, with destitution, crime and violence a regular occurrence in almost any city or town you can find. And Night City is the worst of them.