Cyberpunk 2077 ’s rich world is drawn from ’90s tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020 –a game played with dice, paper and you and your friends’ imaginations, rather than a controller. Original creator Mike Pondsmith has worked closely with CD Projekt Red on this digital adaptation, and many of the characters and factions in 2077 – including Johnny Silverhand, the Voodoo Boys gang, medical corporation Trauma Team International and more – are new takes on his creations from way-back-when.
He’s even been working to make sure the events of 2020 and 2077 line up, allowing tabletop game and videogame to exist in the same timeline, with the latter naturally following on from the events of the former. He is also releasing a new version of the tabletop game to bridge the gap between the two, describing how society rebuilt following the ‘Fourth Corporate War’ into the form seen in CD Projekt Red’s incarnation.
Cyberpunk Red, as it’s called (the name is actually just a coincidence), has been launched initially with a ‘Jumpstart Kit’ starter set, including everything you need to play. Full books are due soon, offering all the more juicy info.
Publisher R Talsorian Games also sells the official The Witcher role-playing game, too. The two games even use the same basic system – with a bit of work, you could find out who’d win in a fight between Geralt and Johnny Silverhand.
Making the leap from paper to polygons