Back in the day, there was this pen and paper role playing game named Cyberpunk 2020.
I played that game in this real tight window, about 6 really intense months where I had source materials, time and a group willing to take a chance on playing in a world inspired by William Gibson and the explosion of the cyberpunk vibe.
I love Cyberpunk 2020, and I’m not alone. The character creation system was polarizing. The world was close enough to touch, to make connections fire in your head, inspire you to try something personal.
I loved seeing what people made for characters. More often than you might think, you’d see someone come up with a character concept that seemed to really say something about about some inner desire or dream. There was more there than ‘roll 3d6 for stats and come up with a name’. Shit was revealing.
Well, here we go. There is a Cyberpunk game in the works, Cyberpunk 2077, and it’s a collaboration between the original creator of the Cyberpunk 2020 game, Mike Pondsmith, and game developers CD Projekt RED.
Right out of the gate, they give us something that tells old hands at the original game like me that we’re in for a wild ride.
Just like Tycho said at Penny Arcade, to tackle cyberpsychosis in the first teaser trailer sets a mark, states that this is not going to be a watered down, kinder, gentler Night City. The 57 years that have passed since the original setting have not seen a sudden proliferation of peace, love and fresh bacon sandwiches.
Talk about a hardcore way to tell us where they’re coming from with the game. They’re pulling no punches.
If the game can live up to that promise, you might just be losing me when this comes out. Just saying.
I haven’t been this excited for a new game, in… well, shit. Huh, I can’t remember.
Excuse me, off to watch that again.