CD Projekt RED’s upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will give players the ability to choose from some of the more eclectic classes from the original board game.
Speaking to GameReactor at the recent Gamelab Conference in Barcelona, Mike Pondmith (creator of the Cyberpunk 2020 board game and adviser on Cyberpunk 2077) confirmed that the Media, Rockerboy, and Corporate classes will all appear in the video game. However, he went on to qualify that initial comment by saying the implementation of those roles will include “some surprises… There’s a lot of subtlety going on there.” Pondsmith implied that the inclusion of these unusual character archetypes was important to capturing the essence of the board game, and that the developers at CD Projekt RED have put considerable effort forth in ensuring that their representations feel authentic.
That level of genuine engagement with the source material stems from a deep-seated sense of familiarity. Pondsmith said that the development team members are “fans,” which allowed them to include “all these little weird touches from the game that were in the background” of 2013’s reveal trailer. Pondsmith also stated that the realisation of Cyberpunk 2077 is “pretty close” to the vision he had while putting together the board game.
Cyberpunk 2077 will build on the technological base provided by The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, and take place in a highly-complex, open-world city. Despite being announced in 2012, full production began after the completion of the The Witcher III, but the development team reportedly has more staff members than were ever involved in the previous game.
The game is currently without a release date, though previous reports have pegged a 2019 launch as likely.