It’s been a roller coaster ride when it comes Cyberpunk 2077 news this month. First the delay to the holiday season (which made everybody sad), and then out of nowhere, news that CD Projekt Red are collaborating with Netflix and Studio Trigger to create an anime set in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe, called CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS.
As you can probably guess, the anime isn’t a retelling of the plot from the game. It’s 10 episodes of a standalone story about a kid trying survive. With no other option left, the kid becomes an edgerunner, aka a cyberpunk.
Unfortunately, that’s all we currently know about the game, based on the terse press release that CD Projekt Red provided. Being so early in development, it’s highly unlikely there’s even a concrete plot to it or even whether it’ll tie in to the much anticipated game (I’m betting yes).
Studio Trigger’s Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Promare) will be in charge, with Masahiko Otsuka (Gurrenn Lagann, Promare) handling assistant director duties, Hiromi Wakabayashi (Kill la Kill) serving as creative director and character designs by Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia, BNA: Brand New Animal) and Yuto Kaneko(Little Witch Academia). They’ll be working off a screenplay by Yoshiki Usa (SSSS.GRIDMAN, Promare) and Masahiko Otsuka (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Promare).
Some rather big names there…but if you’re a gamer, here’s the biggest; Akira Yamaoka. Veteran of Team Silent and known for his Silent Hill music, Yamaoka-san will bring his unique style to CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS.
Sadly (come on, you knew this was coming), the anime currently has a 2022 release date. Needless to say, with Netflix involved, this will be an exclusive to the streaming service.
At the rate Cyberpunk 2077 is getting delayed, this should be out just in time to launch alongside the game for a killer multi-media blitz.
…that’s a joke.