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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..."
V

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 its 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, Gameplay Reveal

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 - which can even tailor themselves to specific people walking by. 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 (which V can also outfit themselves with).
  • 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Tech shotguns have rounds that can shoot through walls.
  • 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 the Flathead, a quadraped spider drone.
  • Badass Gay/Gayngster: Same-sex romances and sexual encounters will be available to the player for both male and female V, allowing you to play as a deadly hired gun operating in the Night City underworld who just happens to be gay or bi.
  • Bilingual Bonus: You can find not only English text and dialogue scattered throughout the Californian based Night City, but also Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and many other languages that provide various easter eggs, puns and jokes.
    • One hostile NPC shouting "Du blir løyst fra banda som bind deg" / "You will be freed from the ties that bind you" in Norwegian, a Shout-Out to a lyric from "Helvegen", a song by the band Wardruna.
    • A sign for a hotel reads "HOテル", aka HOteru, aka the Japanese transliteration of 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. These "Mantis Blades" will also be implantable for V, and can also be used for climbing.
  • Blatant Lies: When V denies Jackie's remark about how they often spend their earnings from an average job. More blatantly punctuated in the gameplay reveal when, as soon as the elevator closes, it fades to black and cuts to the aftermath of a a three-day bender.
  • 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. Royce of an extreme body mod faction removed his eyes and nose and has a robotic eye in the center of his face. 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.
  • Bullet Time: In this game, the "Kereznikov" boosterware and "Sandevistan" speedware neural abilities causes the world around you to slow down to a fraction its normal speed, giving you more time to dodge or aim.
  • 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 versions of contemporary industry standards, like USB or SD card.
  • Cassette Futurism: The "shard" digital media format and "jack" connection port tech work exactly like "future" looking versions of SD cards and USB cables that were industry standard in computers at the time of the game's development.
  • 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: Night City includes chrome models, psychos who want to turn themselves into robots, ripperdocs who install cybernetic modifications but are entirely organic themselves, scavengers who kidnap people to steal their cybernetics, swat team ambulance workers, cyborg mixed martial art fighters, overly sassy mercenaries, "fixers" with gold-plated cyborg arms, and all sorts of other oddballs.
  • Character Customization: V's gender, appearance, skills and even backstory are up to the discretion of the player.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: If you took shots every time a hard curse word is uttered, you would suffer alchohol poisoning for years to come.
  • 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.
  • Cool Car: Jackie's souped-up black Quadra sports car.
  • Coolest Club Ever: "The Afterlife", a club that takes a major Fixer like Dex Deshawn to even get a table at.
  • 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.
  • Country Matters: Along with all the other foul language in the game, the C-word gets used liberally and is uttered by Night City denizens almost as often as mundane words like 'and' or 'the'.
  • 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".
    • The Maelstrom gang intentionally do this to themselves. V and Jackie comment on how they worship machines, and see cyberpsychosis as a sort of enlightened state.
  • 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.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: the "Sandevistan" Bullet Time ability causes such an increase in the reaction of your muscles that, without proper augments, it'll tear every tendon in your body.
  • Deadly Doctor: Despite the fact they're touted as a high-end premium medical insurance company, Night City's Trauma Team look about as far from an ambulance crew as you could get. Instead of medical scrubs, the squads look more like military combat medics; all of them equipped with guns and decked out in armour as they swoop in to haul their clients out of danger. At least they're nice enough to warn you back.
  • Divided States of America: Night City is located in "The Free State of North California".
  • Dystopia: The cyberpunk world of C2077 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.
  • Double Jump: One line of cyber mods allows you to jump a second time in the air.
  • 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.
  • Everything Is Online: doors, security systems, weapons, and even people are all hooked up to various networks, to the point you can hack into pretty much all of them remotely if you can find a way through their firewalls.
  • 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.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the gameplay trailer, when V goes to visit her ripperdoc. V's eye is plucked out by a robotic hand (keep in mind, this is shot entirely from the first-person perspective), and it immediately goes dark. Her replacement cybernetic eye is then activated, first showing V's body laying on the operating chair, and is then placed back into her eye socket the same way.
  • Fan Disservice: The first mission in the gameplay reveal has V rescuing a woman named Sandra Dorsett, who spends most of the mission entirely naked. She's also dying and covered in deep cuts and gashes, having spent god-knows-how-long in scavenger captivity.
  • 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.
  • The Fixer: Dexter Deshawn, a Night City mover and shaker who makes his living solving problems for major organizations, like recovering tech that was stolen by a psycho gang for a Mega-Corp.
  • 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.
  • Good Prosthetic, Evil Prosthetic: Psychos have lots of red, black, and spikes on their prosthetics. V and their crew meanwhile has much more subdued light greys on their cybernetics.
  • Hacker Cave: Features in the 2018 E3 trailer when someone hooked up to wired in a board meeting is apparently 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.
  • Homing Projectile: The "Smart Gun" line of weapons have bullets that will change direction to home in on any enemy you're currently locked on to.
  • 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.
  • Invisibility Cloak: "dynamic camo" uses cameras and screens on the surface of armor or other clothing to project the world around the wearer in real-time, making it look like the wearer isn't there at a glance, and only an entirely transparent outline up close.
  • 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.
  • Machine Worship: Many Psycho gangs have the end goal of turning themselves into machines.
  • 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 City: Night City's individual high rises are like small towns of their own, including the mega building apartment complex you live in.
  • 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.
  • Mission Control: Various characters will regularly pop up on your HUD based phone to offer new jobs, give you info on your missions, or dictate your new marching orders if they're your employer.
  • Mr. Fanservice / Ms. Fanservice: The default male and female V are quite finely-featured.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: You can customize your background and backstory in the character creator by selecting your childhood hero (a Samurai band member, a mercenary, or a corporate leader), a key life event (death of a sibling, running away from home, or your first big kill) and your reason for being in Night City ("Unfinished business", "Ex-lover in town", or "Something to prove").
  • 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 2.0.2.0 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 slightly "futurized" versions of USB cables and Secure Digital card reader ports featured in almost all computer hardware at the time of the game's development.
  • Powered Armor: Some elite enemies use robotic exoskeletons that provide greater strength and armor.
  • 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.
  • Schizo Tech: "Tech shotguns" are a combo of the centuries old double barrel shotgun design with a railgun accelerator retro-fitted onto the barrels.
  • 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.
    • Doctor Victor's receptionist Misty has almost the same hairstyle and general getup as the replicant Pris sports in the early parts of 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 side quest that introduces you to your local gun vendor is called "V's got a Gun".
    • One hostile psycho NPC shouts "Du blir løyst fra banda som bind deg", Norwegian for "You will be freed from the ties that bind you", a lyric from a song by the band Wardruna.
    • Doctor Victor's appearance is clearly inspired to Spider from Johnny Mnemonic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take That!: At the end of the E3 2018 trailer, the Freeze-Frame Bonus includes this text in response to the question of whether or not there will be microtransactions in the game:
    Trailer: In a single-player role-playing game? Are you nuts?
  • 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.
  • Videogame Dashing: One of V's enhancements lets you gain a short boost of speed in any direction.
  • Wall Crawl: The mantis blade cyber mods let you hold onto walls by stabbing your arm blades into them.
  • Wall of Weapons: V has an armory in their apartment which spots for a variety of guns, blades, grenades and other hardware on the walls.
  • Wave Motion Gun: One boss weapon shoots a giant beam of energy at enemies.
  • Weird Currency: Primary form of currency used in Night City is European Economic Community's digital currency known as EuroDollar, or "Eddie" for short. As seen in the E3 gameplay demo, cards containing these currency can include viruses and cause all sorts of havoc.
  • 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.

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