Even though movies/TV and video games are similar in a lot of ways, they don’t always go together in perfect harmony. Over the years, many movies and TV shows based on video games, and vice versa, have been terrible and have not done the source material justice. Sometimes, though, the people who make these crossovers get it right, and the two mediums work well together.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, an anime series on Netflix that came out in September, is a great example of how to do a crossover right. There aren’t many direct connections to Cyberpunk 2077, but there are a lot of references that help to build up the exciting world of Night City.
Cyberpunk 2077’s rocky release is something that gamers all over the world will never forget. Early versions of the game had a lot of bugs and glitches that were easy to spot. This caused the developer, CD Projekt Red, to apologize and promise to fix these problems and keep making the game better. The developer has kept its word, and Cyberpunk 2077 now looks a lot more like what it was supposed to be. This has led to a lot of new players joining the game.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners came out at the same time that the game became popular again, and even though they take place at different times, the two go together very well.
The story of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is about David Martinez, a young, talented street kid who loses everything in a drive-by shooting and turns to a life of crime in Night City, a huge city. Even though it’s called a stand-alone series, it has a lot in common with the game. Even though no one knows for sure when the show takes place, it is clear that it takes place not long before Cyberpunk 2077.
The character of Adam Smasher is one of the clearest signs that this is true. In Cyberpunk 2077, he was introduced as a murderous cyborg who worked for the bad Arasaka Corporation. He was also found to be the one who killed Johnny Silverhand, played by Keanu Reeves.
Before the end of the game, the player could kill Smasher if they wanted to. The fact that he has a big part in the show makes it clear that this is happening before the game.
Adam Smasher is not the only connection between the series and the game, though. About halfway through the show, the characters go to Afterlife, a lively club that many locals like to go to. This is the same Afterlife that the main character, V, goes to a lot during the game.
Claire Russell and Rogue Amendiares, two of the workers, are there in both. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners also has a cameo from Wakako Okada, a character who has been in several side quests and is known to fans of the game.
Fans also get to see Lizzie’s Bar again, which is another place where players hang out during Cyberpunk 2077’s 40-hour campaign. Both the show and the game were written by Cyberpunk veteran Bartosz Sztybor, who also worked on the writing for both the show and the game.
The show is a great way to get ready for the game and a great place to start if you’re new to the franchise. Without a doubt, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners has brought back interest in the game. As of the end of September, there were over 100,000 people playing the game at the same time on Steam.
Now that a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel has been announced, it shows that hard work pays off. However, CD Projekt Red will be grateful to the anime series for helping to bring the game back to life.
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