Here’s What Cyberpunk 2077’s Story Is About

By Ishaan . January 10, 2013 . 1:35pm

Following the teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red have released details of the game’s story and setting, which takes place in the year 2077 in a locale named Night City. Here’s how they describe it:


In Cyberpunk 2077, the player will be thrown into a dark future. The metropolis of Night City is a stage set to tell the tale of one individual, raised on the streets, who tries to lift himself up from the gutter and find a way to survive amongst boostergangs and megacorporations in a city of filth and sin. Drugs, violence, poverty and exclusion haven’t disappeared by 2077, as people stayed they were for centuries – greedy, closed-minded and weak. But not only ghosts of the past trouble mankind, but new issues have appeared. Psychos go on rampages and the streets are filled with junkies addicted to a new form of entertainment – the braindance, a cheap way to experience the emotions and stimuli of someone else, someone living a more exciting life.


Braindances are digital recordings of a person’s experience. The viewer can stream a braindance directly into his neural system via special brain augmentations, called a BD player. Braindances allow the viewer to experience all brain processes registered, including emotions, muscle movements and all stimuli perceived by the recording person.


The range of themes of these recordings varies from simple braindances made by megacorporations, which e.g. allow the viewer to feel the full experience of an explorer with all its thrills, sweats, smells, views, sounds and the real feeling of curiosity that pushes men to go beyond the horizon against fear and physical weakness. But there are also more controversial sides of braindance, because some recordings are created illegally in the underground. Entering the mind of a serial killer means not only seeing the monstrosity he performs, but also living his lust to kill and fulfillment.


You haven’t experienced the latest New Hollywood recording? You’re nobody! The streets live with braindances, everyone just got crazy and wants to be a part of this new entertainment fad. Some people push it even too far and they cannot stop living other people’s lives.  If you’re not linked to a braindance right now, you are probably discussing what happened to you during your last session. Of course, just like every great new cultural movement, BDs have people who criticize them.


Cyberpunk 2077 hasn’t been announced for any specific platforms yet. In case you missed the teaser trailer for the game, you can watch that here.

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  • C_Diamond

    And *BOOM* plot twist!
    The mc was using Braidance all the time!

    • Curan_Altea

      What is this, Final Fantasy?

      • Sperium3000

        *BOOM* That was also a Braindance!

    • JustThisOne

      Those are my favorite kinds of plot twists. :3 I am he, as you are he, as you are me, and we are all together!

  • Sounds neat.

  • eilegz

    looks like some mix of deus ex, with some other dystopias, not a very original plot, but i cant wait for this hope more details its revealed in the future

    • Yesfir

      Deus Ex, like, the Cyberpunk-y game? Because Mike Pondsmith has been working with Cyberpunk content far before that game came out. This game is sort of being built by the minds that made the ‘original plot’ for those games. I imagine this is going to be the game that will set a new standard for the video game Cyberpunk genre. I hope, at least!

    • Rohan Viajar

      just a little side note: (not meant to bash you) in today’s time with all the access to various media.
      it’s hard to find “original” stories. heck even way back when you could see similarities in plots in books, and etc.

      basically it seems somewhat “wrong” (hmm.. maybe not wrong but I don’t know what other word I could use) to be looking for “original plots” or to comment on how original a plot is because in any story you could always find similarities to other stories.

  • SirRichard

    Sounds like classic cyberpunk stuff, funnily enough, and we haven’t had much of that at all lately. I wonder how or if they’ll implement braindancing for the player, perhaps as a quick way to a bad ending where you’re just another psycho in the streets? It sounds like they’ve put so much thought into it, here’s hoping they can actually make the most of it.

  • The environment shown in this image looks a lot like some of the Academia environments in FFXIII-2!

  • ReveurIngenu

    Wasn’t this the same premise that Remember Me had when it was first annonced and called Adrift? I remember reading about buying and selling memories and stuff. Two games that take place in a similar time period (I believe 2085 for Remember Me) and that both deal with similar themes (memory and experience sharing/exchanging).

    Here’s the story summary for Adrift back in 2011:

    I hope this doesn’t become the new standard scifi plot…

    • Scrooge_McDuck

      The original Cyberpunk game, the one this video game is based on, is from 1988.

      • Yeah but there was no overarching plot to that. It was more akin to Dungeons and Dragons–a set of rules and a basic backdrop.

    • This was actually a common plot theme in many of the 1980s-1990s novels and short-stories of cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan. It’s probably where they picked it up from.

  • BD lol

    Blu-ray players are evil. =P

  • Scrooge_McDuck

    Sure it is one of the staple sci-fi theme, but this is probably the closest we’re going to get to a Ghost in the Shell RPG, so consider me hyped.

  • Christopher Abraham


  • revenent hell

    Hmmm I love stories like this,im a scifi sucker,so I can easily call this a buy for me

  • This is the first non-Japanese game to excite me in years… here’s hoping the excitement doesn’t fade after seeing the gameplay.

  • enorka miho

    This is getting very interesting.. love how the story sounds.. but i do hope they are not overly open world like red dead or skyrim..they scare the wits outa me because i am quite a completionist whn it comes to sidequests.

  • They could’ve been a tiny bit more original, ‘Night City’ is the setting of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

    But then again, that was also the setting for the original tabletop game, so…

  • Holy shit this is amazing!!!! now…………what about the gameplay? yes, yes, i know, asking for gameplay in videogames, what a ridiculous idea, HAHA. Oh silly me.

    I cannot wait for the next super duper, heavy marketed blockbuster mov,I MEAN,videogame, thats is, videogame, and only for 60$. Tremble hollywood, the new jews are comi….i mean, the videogames are becoming art and we are going for you, champs!!! Fear us Spilberg!

  • Not to be a negative nancy or anything, but how am I supposed to believe that a video game’s plot will be anything but generic when the title of the game is literally the name of an ENTIRE GENRE OF FICTION? This is the same misgiving I had about LA Noire. (Not that anyone should be expecting too much from video game stories to begin with, but when they’re promoted as a key feature of the game it’s hard not to protest a little.)

    Wouldn’t it be neat to see more video games that didn’t just settle for being broad representations of existing works and genres, and actually established a narrative identity of their own?

    • It’s based on a tabletop game called Cyberpunk. Do some research before blindly flinging your feces into your own face.

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