Posted on June 20, 2012, Phil Hornshaw CD Projekt Red: Cyberpunk Will ‘Refresh’ the Classic Setting
NOTE: This is a portion of an interview from a five-part video series with Wil Wheaton. Watch the rest of the interview here, and check out Game Front’s E3 Channel for more news, previews and Wil Wheaton videos!
Back when the genre of cyberpunk literature was first invented and the tabletop game Cyberpunk first came into being, the idea of the dystopian technological near-future was a bit different from what we see today. The above image is taken from the original Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop game’s book and illustrates that point.
Now that we’re a little closer to the near-future of CD Projekt RED’s upcoming Cyberpunk RPG, the developer has had to make some adjustments to what that future will look like. CD Projekt RED’s executives, Managing Director Adam Badowski and CEO Marcin Iwinski, spoke with Game Front video host Wil Wheaton at E3 2012, and said that they’ve been working closely with the original Cyberpunk’s creator, Mike Pondsmith, to determine how the game will look and feel.
“Cyberpunk is about the not-too-distant future, so we have to refresh the classic Cyberpunk setting,” Badowski said. “Our inspiration is more around the film Blade Runner.”
In working with Pondsmith, the CD Projekt team is looking to modernize the setting of Cyberpunk without losing the feel of the original conception. The above image is taken from concept art for the game.
“We were talking to Mike and asking, ‘Okay, you’re the creator, it’s been 25 years or that, that’s your baby, so what is for you?’” Iwinski said. “And he’s saying that it’s the not-too-distant future, but it’s also really like foreseeing the trend from now to this not-too-distant future, and seeing what will be there. So we’re not recreating a ‘retro’ world, because I don’t think that would be believable to a younger audience.”
“Cyberpunk is more about how technology empowers you to change the world on your own,” Badowski added.