The Cyberpunk game franchise will branch out into anime with the release of Cyberpunk 2077 at the end of 2020 . In a recent event that previewed gameplay from the new game, there was also a surprise that included an expansion of the universe. The franchise is developing a Cyberpunk 2077 anime series, in collaboration with Netflix. The series is set to premiere in 2022.
Cyberpunk Gaming Franchise Turned Anime Series
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The Cyberpunk game franchise began as a dystopian tabletop role-playing game in 1988. Since then, the series has evolved beyond tabletop to video games, with the latest being Cyberpunk 2077. The series features a dystopian Night City which is an open world with six different regions that players can access. The first-perspective game won multiple awards at the gaming expo E3 in 2018. Despite multiple delays, the new game is due to release in November 2020. On top of it all, anticipation for the game increased once they revealed that actor Keanu Reeves will have a starring role in the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 Anime Series Will Not Feature Reeves
During a recent preview of the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay, the makers made a startling announcement. A new Cyberpunk anime series is in development with Netflix, called Edgerunners. Set in the same universe as Cyberpunk 2077, the new anime series will feature a completely different story and new characters. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners even released a synopsis at the same event.
“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners tells 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.”
Not The First Time A Video Game Became An Anime
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While this reveal is great for Cyberpunk fans, this wouldn’t be an unprecedented situation. Given the storytelling and visual style of some video games, they lend to becoming anime adaptations better than other content. So when it comes to turning video games into anime, Pokemon comes to mind as being one of the biggest franchises that all started as a Nintendo Gameboy game. The series has been one of the most successful of all time, with shows and movies spanning decades. Even Netflix has gone the video-game to anime route before, with their biggest and most successful original anime to date, Castlevania. So, it only makes sense they would want to repeat the same success with Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
Cyberpunk Edgerunners premieres on Netflix in 2022.
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