The hype for Cyberpunk 2077 couldn’t get any more palpable. From Keanu Reeves to a game larger in scope than The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red’s new RPG is sure to take everyone’s breath away when it launches on April 16, 2020.
If you can’t contain your excitement for Cyberpunk 2077 and absolutely must take a delve into Night City months before the official game’s release, fret not.
Later this year, there will be a tabletop RPG prequel of the game, entitled Cyberpunk Red, that will allow you and a group of friends to take on missions and contracts in the dystopian setting.
Cyberpunk Red is actually based on the same RPG system as Cyberpunk 2020, the 1988 game by R. Talorsian Games that the CDPR title is also based on. However, for those who are just starting out on tabletop RPGs or are struggling to find the now-rare Cyberpunk 2020, R. Talorsian Games is releasing a Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit for newcomers to get their roleplaying feet wet in anticipation of Cyberpunk 2077.
The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will feature a rule set to get you started, a lorebook that fleshes out Night City, as well as a set of custom dice, as well as a pre-written adventure module for GMs to get cracking with their group, complete with pre-generated characters, physical maps and other handy handouts. Since this is a prequel adventure, how it plays out and is tied to Cyberpunk 2077 remains to be seen.
Physical copies of the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will first go on sale exclusively at Gen Con 2019, the premiere US tabletop gaming convention, on August 1 for US$29.99. But that’s not the only place it will be available at — a digital version of the starter kit will be available at DriveThruRPG.com, and public physical copies will be available at the R. Talorsian Games online store at a later date.
To whet your appetite a little more, Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith reiterated that the entire franchise will be interconnected, and as such elements of the tabletop RPG will, in some way, be seen in the upcoming video game.
And, of course, since this is merely a starter kit for the tabletop RPG, there will be a full version of the game due out sometime in the near future. Hopefully it won’t be around the same time as Cyberpunk 2077, as then we’d have a real dilemma on our hands.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.