With all the drama that has unfolded regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release over the past year or so, you might have forgotten, which I totally did, that there will always be a Netflix series based on the show that is supposed to come out this next year.
Cyberpunk: The Edgerunners was announced all the way back in June 2020, way before the game was released in December 2020 and all the controversies started, and it was announced in the video below:
This was, in fact, the alone information we have ever had on the show. No matter how hard I try, I can’t find any other Cyberpunk: Edgerunners news announced since June 2020, but it’s probably still happening. Here’s everything we got as a summary of the story:
A street kid trying to survive in a city of the future obsessed with technology and body modification. Having everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an Edgerunner a mercenary outlaw also known as Cyberpunk.
It looks more or less like the plot of Cyberpunk 2077 itself, minus the Johnny and Chip stuff, but it’s not meant to be a direct adaptation of the game.
Yes, this is an animated series, and it comes from Trigger, a studio extremely well known in the anime genre. Trigger recently made headlines for directing two different shorts for Disney Plus’s Star Wars: Visions, The Twins, and The Elder. Trigger is responsible for a lot of beloved animated series like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia, and I know a lot of people were looking forward to seeing what they could do with Cyberpunk IP around the time of its announcement. But again, we haven’t heard from this project since then.
As far as I know, we don’t have a voice for that yet. I guess it will be in Japanese, then subtitled, then dubbed with an English cast with names we could recognize. I guess it could be in English from the start like the base game, but with Trigger working on it I guess not.
In fact, I still look forward to this because of everything Cyberpunk has gone wrong, its world, setting, and characters were some of its best aspects, and if that can be translated into a TV series, this would be fantastic. Netflix has done a great job with a lot of its anime offerings, especially some adapted from video games like Castlevania, and I hope Cyberpunk: Edgerunners could continue that tradition.
Still, it looks like a year and a half later it would be worth it to be some kind of an update on this series and a preview of what it might be, but given Cyberpunk’s scarcity of information as a property, I guess I’m not surprised. I wouldn’t expect to hear anything more about the 2022 show until 2022 itself gets here. Meanwhile, players are still waiting for news on DLC and next-gen versions of 2077 itself.