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Cyberpunk 2077 details revealed by Grimes in livestream

Details appear to be backed up by the 2018 E3 demo

Lizzy Wizzy shown in Cyberpunk 2077. Her body is entirely chromed out. Image: CD Projekt Red
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Claire “Grimes” Boucher has a new album titled Miss Anthropocene which came out in February. To celebrate, the singer went on YouTube for a brief livestream with her fans. Now it appears that video has been made private, possibly because she let slip some details about her appearance in Cyberpunk 2077. Incidentally, those details line up with a bit of atmospheric text included in the first gameplay videos at E3 in 2018.

[Warning: This post may spoil a potential plot point for Cyberpunk 2077, while also referencing suicide.]

In CD Projekt Red’s upcoming role-playing game Grimes will be performing a character named Lizzy Wizzy, the controversial front woman for the band Lizzy Wizzy and the Metadwarves.

During her livestream she revealed that her character commits suicide during a live performance. The audio was transcribed by multiple people on Reddit and elsewhere.

“I play a pop star who committed suicide on stage,” Grimes said, “and they had to quickly come and preform emergency surgery and replace her whole body with cybernetics while she was dead for an hour and then she finished the show as a cyborg. One of the greatest pieces of performance art ever made.”

An archive of the livestream was available on Grimes’ channel for some time, but has since been marked private. It’s unclear why that decision was made, but Polygon has reached out to CD Projekt for comment.

Shortly after the news of the potential leak broke, an eagle-eyed member of the Cyberpunk 2077 Reddit community noticed something interesting in the original E3 demo of the game shown to the press in 2018. As the player character wakes up and goes to the window to look out onto Night City a headline appears in the heads-up display: “Death at Lizzy Wizzy Concert.”

From the headline, it’s unclear if the death in question was Lizzy Wizzy’s. The future portrayed in Cyberpunk 2077 is incredibly violent, so it could be just about anyone.

Cyberpunk 2077 was recently delayed. It will now be available on September 17 for Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. A version will also be available at a later date for the new Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s new game console launching this holiday.