CD Projekt Red previewed new Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay in its Night City Wire livestream on Thursday, and also made a surprise announcement. In partnership with Netflix and Studio Trigger, CD Projekt Red will produce a new anime based on the Cyberpunk universe called Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. While taking place in the same universe as the game, the series will feature new characters and and a new story.
The teaser trailer didn’t show any of the series’ animation, but the story will focus on a street kid trying to survive in the future city, according to a news release. Over the 10-episode story, he will become an Edgerunner — an outlaw mercenary.
Fans know Studio Trigger for anime like Kill La Kill, Promare, Darling and the Franxx, and Little Witch Academia. Hiroyuki Imaishi of Kill La Kill and Promare will direct the series, alongside assistant director Masahiko Otsuka and creative director Hiromi Wakabayashi. Akira Yamaoka, of Silent Hill fame, will score the series.
“I’ve always loved cyberpunk as a genre, but always found it difficult to create as an original work,” said Imaishi. “This is why I’m very excited to be working with CD Projekt Red on this project. It won’t be easy to please both game and anime fans, but I love a challenge.”
The first season is scheduled to arrive on Netflix in 2022.
After a recently announced delay, CD Projekt Red will launch Cyberpunk 2077 on Nov. 19 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Players can upgrade to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game for free. The multiplayer aspect of the game will arrive next year.
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