The biggest gaming release of the year hasn’t come out yet but is already promising to break pop culture boundaries with new Netflix spin-off.
The pending release of futuristic RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is still the hottest subject of conversation among gaming fans right now.
The sprawling game features a vibrant, bustling city and star talent along the lines of Keanu Reeves, is being widely slated as one of the most immersive video games ever made.
Taking place in a bustling dystopian future city where gang warfare is a part of everyday life and the rampant effects of uninhibited technological progress have completely transformed human society.
Initial reviews of the game have begun slowly filtering on to the internet in anticipation of the game’s (delayed) November launch, most of which are suggesting that CD Projekt Red’s creation lives up to the hype in terms of style, scope and substance, and it now also seems that Cyberpunk’s ascension into the pop culture stratosphere won’t stop with one hugely successful game release.
Netflix themselves have a noted history in working to bring CD Projekt Red’s games to the screen. The Polish developer’s other major title, The Witcher, was turned into a TV show starring Henry Cavill last year.
Even though the game is still months away from release, plans are already in place to expand the Cyberpunk story beyond games consoles, with Netflix announcing that an anime spin-off set in the game’s world will arrive on the streaming platform in 2022.
According to a press release Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will tell “a standalone, 10-episode story about a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future. Having everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner—a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk,”
It’ll be co-produced by Projekt Red, brought to life by Studio Trigger, and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, who anime fans may know as the brains behind titles like Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, and Promare.
The first season is scheduled to arrive on Netflix in 2022. So fans of the franchise will have plenty of time to play the upcoming video game first, which is slated for release on November 19.
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