CD Projekt Red hosted a Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire stream today, which revealed a fair bit of new footage and news about the upcoming RPG.
The first in a planned series of presentations, Night City Wire began with a new story trailer, which contains only footage from the game’s prologue. With Cyberpunk 2077 about five months away, there’s still a fair bit of time for the studio to show stuff from later in the game, but this trailer seems to be designed to keep some stuff close to the chest, even if other trailers have already spoiled where things are headed.
As part of the Night City Wire presentation, CD Projekt Red and Studio Trigger announced plans to launch an anime series set in the game’s universe that will be coming to Netflix called Cyberpunk Edgerunners.
The show is expected to launch in 2022, and won’t be a direct adaptation of the game that’s launching later this year. Instead, it will focus on new characters and stories within the same universe. Studio Trigger is known for its work on Kill la Kill, Promare, and the Little Witch Academia movies.
CD Projekt Red also showcased a new type of quest in the RPG called Brain Dance, which allows your character to relive the memories of others, as well as use some Batman: Arkham style investigation mechanics to rewind and fastforward events to gather new information about moments they weren’t present for.
While the studio didn’t specify a date, the next episode of the Night City Wire streams will be coming in a few weeks.
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After a two-month delay last week, Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 19, with a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version also planned for whenever those consoles are out. Given the consoles are supposed to be coming out this holiday season, it’s probable those ports might be landing around the same time. But if you’re not jumping into next gen just yet, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version if you have the game on their respective predecessors.
While the presentation today didn’t delve into some of the seedier parts of Cyberpunk 2077 too much, the game has already been using a fair bit of loaded imagery that has some folks, ourselves included, keeping an eye on how it tackles some of the subject matter it will be talking about when it launches in November. Pop musician Grimes is voicing a character that will apparently touch on issues of suicide and mortality in this universe, and just based on the description alone it sounds like some people won’t take too kindly to it. But given other recent examples like The Last of Us: Part II, marketing can undersell something that doesn’t neatly fit into back of the box bullet points.