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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. Can’t deny it; it’s all true... but everybody still wants to live here. This city’s always got a promise for you. Might be a lie, an illusion, but it’s there... just around the corner - and it keeps you going. It’s a city of dreams. And I’m a big dreamer..."

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming Action RPG being developed by CD Projekt RED based on R. Talsorian Games' Cyberpunk Tabletop RPG. 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.

Year 2077. Night City, Free State of California. 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.


The game is set to release on November 18, 2020.

CMON have announced that they are producing Cyberpunk 2077 Afterlife The Card Game to release alongside the game. Players take on the role of Fixers, recruiting cyberpunks and sending them on missions in Night City.

Previews: Teaser, E3 2018 Trailer, Gameplay Reveal, E3 2019 Trailer

A 10 episode anime set in the world of the game called Cyberpunk Edgerunners was announced to premier on Netflix in 2022. The series is produced by Studio Trigger in collaboration with CD Projekt RED and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi with Akira Yamaoka as composer.


Cyberpunk 2077 provides the following tropes:

  • Advert-Overloaded Future: The E3 2018 gameplay shows off advertising screens that will tailor themselves to V as they pass by.
  • Action Girl: V can be played as a woman if the player so desires thanks to Character Customization.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In the trailer, when V's partner teases her frequent substance abuse, she shoots him down by claiming to be "as clean as a cunt in a convent". Apparently, even hard swearing can be given a poetic touch.
  • Anatomy Arsenal: The E3 2018 gameplay shows off the mantis blades, which fold forward out of the forearms.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: The E3 2018 gameplay demonstrates tech shotguns have rounds that can shoot through walls.
  • Artificial Limbs: Robotic arms, legs and so forth have become commonplace by 2077. The E3 2018 gameplay passes by street shops selling them.
  • Attack Drone: In the 2018 E3 trailer, a group of mercenaries are seen purchasing the Flathead, a quadruped spider drone.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Prerelease footage shows off 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 in the E3 2018 gameplay 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.)
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: "Mantis Blades", shown off in the E3 2018 gameplay, are combination attack blades and climbing picks that fold out of the forearms.
  • Body Horror: The setting's cybernetics can get extreme: People cut off their arms to turn them into concealed cybernetic blades, or pluck out their eyes to install "better" robotic ones. The E3 2018 gameplay footage introduces Royce, a member of an extreme body mod faction, who has removed the top-front quarter of his skull to install a set of robotic eyes in the gaping cavity. 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: As shown in the E3 2018 gameplay, "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.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: Prerelease footage has shown off cybernetic brain augments with sockets or cables for wired connections and reading from external media, a la Ghost in the Shell.
  • Cassette Futurism: As shown in prerelease footage, 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. Over-the-air hacking is shown in the E3 2019 trailer, however.
  • Character Customization: V's gender, appearance, skills and even backstory are up to the discretion of the player.
  • Combat Medic: As shown in the E3 2018 gameplay, the Trauma Team are combination paramedic-bodyguards, who will violently extract their clients from injury sites.
  • Computer Virus: The E3 2018 gameplay shows a credit chip with a hidden virus shutting down electronics in a gang hideout. In the same footage V also uses a virus to disable an enemy's gun.
  • Cool Car: Trailers feature Jackie's souped-up black Quadra V-Tech sports car.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The mission shown in the E3 2018 gameplay features Meredith Stout, a Militech agent. 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.
  • 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 fall into "cyberpsychosis", a mental illness that causes them to empathize with machines more than humans to the point of bigotry and violence. The Maelstrom gang shown in the E3 2018 gameplay actually pursue this; V and Jackie comment on how they worship machines, and see cyberpsychosis as a sort of enlightened state.
  • Daylight Horror: The 2018 E3 trailer and gameplay take place almost entirely during the day, showing the horrifying depravity of Night City.
  • Deadly Doctor: Despite the fact they're touted as a high-end premium medical insurance company, Night City's Trauma Team, shown in the E3 2018 gameplay, 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.
  • Eccentric Townsfolk: 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.
  • Electronic Eyes: In the E3 2018 gameplay, V visits a "ripperdoc" to install a bionic eye with a zoom lens. The Maelstrom gang, fought later in the same footage, instead opt for spider-like multi-camera arrays.
  • Extra Eyes: An option for augmented optics are multi-camera arrays resembling spider eyes, as used by the Maelstrom gangsters fought during the E3 2018 gameplay.
  • 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 2018 gameplay footage, 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 before being implanted, allowing her to watch her own body on the operating chair, and it stays on as the ripper inserts it into her eye socket.
  • 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.
  • Fauxrrari: Jackie's Quadra V-TECH, which he picks up during the 2018 gameplay footage, is named after Honda's VTEC variable valve timing system and Audi's Quattro 4WD system. The car itself seems to be based mainly on Ferrari Testarossa, Vector W8, De Tomaso Pantera 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'.
  • The Fixer: Dexter Deshawn, featured in both the 2018 gameplay and 2019 trailer, is 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.
  • Gilligan Cut: In the E3 2018 gameplay, V denies Jackie's prediction that they will spend everything on a three-day bender. In the next cut, they are shown waking up...after a three-day bender.
  • Homing Projectile: The "Smart Gun" line of weapons,demonstrated during the 2018 gameplay, have bullets that will change direction to home in on any enemy you're currently locked on to.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Keanu Reeves's likeness is used for Johnny Silverhand.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Flathead combat drone displayed in the 2019 gameplay footage uses "dynamic camo", which uses cameras and screens on its surface to blend in with its surroundings. It's still fairly visible, but would be easy to miss at a glance.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: The E3 2018 gameplay shows off the character creation screens. 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 version of the tabletop game.
  • One-Letter Name: The customizable main character is simply referred to as "V" in prerelease materials and voiced dialogue in gameplay footage.
  • Organ Theft: The first mission showed off during E3 2018 involves rescuing a woman from some implant thieves. In addition, the E3 2018 trailer shows someone getting his eye stolen.
  • Powered Armor: A Maelstrom ganger battled during the 2018 demo uses an exoskeleton that provides greater strength and armor.
  • Schizo Tech: "Tech shotguns", shown off in the 2018 demo, 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: The stats shown in the 2018 demo are Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Tech, Reflex, and Cool.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Wall Crawl: During the 2018 demo, V uses mantis blade cyber mods to hold onto walls by stabbing their arm blades into them.
  • Wall of Weapons: As seen in the 2018 demo, V has an armory in their apartment which sports a variety of guns, blades, grenades and other hardware on the walls.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The 2018 demo's boss 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.
  • Wham Shot: In the conclusion of the E3 2019 trailer, after V is shot, he wakes up in what looks to be a garbage dump and is approached by a man with a silver cybernetic arm. The man in question is a character modeled and voiced by Keanu Reeves. And according to official materials, he's the long-thought-to-be-dead rock star Johnny Silverhand.
    Johnny: Wake the fuck up, samurai. We have a city to burn.


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