The scene: a beautiful woman in an impossibly short, blood-spattered top surrounded by a collection of dismembered bodies while a squad of tech-heavy police unload round after round upon the unkillable beauty. Pretty much a typical date night. Or, it could be CD Projekt Red’s current project, Cyberpunk 2077, a stunning digital adaptation of the Cyberpunk pen-and-paper RPG originally written by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian Games in 1988. Heavily influenced by William Gibson’s classic Neuromancer, the original Cyberpunk RPG was set in a dystopian future run by megacorporations and teaming with folks chalk-full of cybernetic, genetic and digital alterations. Think Blade Runner mixed with a healthy stew of The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell and just a dash of Gattaca.
CD Projekt RED, the developers of The Witcher series aims to make Cyberpunk 2077 a mature and non-linear RPG that makes character creation a part of the game’s plot. The game’s adherence to the original Cyberpunk series also allows for a vast array of weapons, implants, upgrades, gadgets and other high-tech doodads for navigating the sandbox environment of “Night City.” According to the game’s teaser video description, the Cyberpunk 2077 will apparently involve the “Psycho Squad” a group of special police trained to deal with “Psychos,” (like the lady in the video) who are people that have indulged too heavily on cybernetic enhancements and have lost their sense of humanity (and they like to call people “Meatbags.” Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic star HK-47 would be proud). With no concrete release date for Cyberpunk 2077 other than sometime in 2015, we eagerly await any news or videos that will come our way. And if the teaser is any indication, the future looks good…even if it’s filled with mass-murdering cyborgs.