Tabletop fans of the original Cyberpunk 2020 were thrilled to find out that the studio that gave us The Witcher series was bringing that experience into the world of video games with Cyberpunk 2077. The creator himself of the original tabletop experience was also excited that this studio was the one to pick up the property and fans of his can be stoked that Mike Pondsmith himself will actually be in-game.
The creator confirmed his role in a recent interview with the Official Xbox Magazine (via Don’t Feed the Gamers) for the upcoming September issue. “I have a role,” he said. “I actually recorded for one role, but they came up with a different one for me, but I can’t tell you much more than that. And I’m telling you that because there are a lot of fans who are going, ‘He better be in the game somewhere.’”
Of course, this also includes a jam session with Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand character, “So I’m in the game. I’m figuring what happens is, you know, at some point, [Johnny Silverhand] is playing his guitar and I’ll come out and play my bass [laughs].” Anything with Reeves has us sold, so sign us up Pondsmith!
He’s also all-hands on deck for this project, assisting with keeping this game’s authenticity to the original tabletop experience. Pondsmith mentioned earlier this year: “We have a unique take on the cyberpunk genre: it’s a heroic kind of cyberpunk in this sort of dirty, gritty way, but you can still be the hero. “That’s unusual for the genre and a lot of the game companies who have been interested before saw maybe the Blade Runner-esque qualities, but they didn’t see the weird, fun and dangerous, risky elements. It’s hard to describe. It was the ethos of the 80s, that a lone person with a gun and an attitude could change the world.”
As for the game itself, Cyberpunk 2077 is making its grand debut on April 16 next year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Are you excited for what’s next? Sound off by hitting us up over on Twitter @PrimaGames!