CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk, Netflix, and Studio Trigger have revealed that they are developing the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime series, which will be released in 2022.
As confirmed by CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a spin-off of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 video game slated for release in November later this year, and as such, the story of the original anime series will take place in the same universe as the highly-anticipated RPG.
CD Projekt Red made the surprise announcement while it was previewing the new gameplay for Cyberpunk 2077 through its Night City Wire live stream last Thursday, while also posting the news on the Cyberpunk website and official Twitter page.
What happens when you put together CD PROJEKT RED, Studio Trigger, and Netflix?
CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS – an original anime series from the universe of #Cyberpunk2077, coming in 2022!
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) June 25, 2020
Although Cyberpunk: Edgerunners exists in the same realm as the Cyberpunk game franchise, it will come with its own standalone story.
According to CD Projekt Red’s announcement, the show will consist of a total of ten episodes, with the plot centering around a street kid trying to navigate a futuristic world wherein everybody is obsessed with body modification and technology.
To survive, he decides to become an edgerunner, a cyberpunk mercenary who takes on different jobs, mostly the kinds that are outside the law.
As noted in Netflix’s press release, the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime series is a love letter not only to the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction but also to tales told through the animation storytelling format.
The Cyberpunk: Edgerunners project sees three entertainment giants joining forces to deliver an original anime series that should only please existing fans of the Cyberpunk franchise, but also anime fans and science fiction aficionados who dig the cyberpunk subgenre.
CD Projekt Red basically needs no introduction, especially after consistently delivering top-level entertainment quality with its The Witcher series of video games for more than a decade now.
After proving its creative chops in the fantasy genre, it is now looking to do the same in the world of cyberpunk.
As the streaming platform partner, Netflix itself is no stranger to the subgenre. Its catalog already includes a generous dose of cyberpunk and science fiction offerings, including originals such as Altered Carbon, Better Than Us, and Love, Death & Robots, just to name a few.
As far as anime titles are concerned, the streaming giant is no slouch either. As a matter of fact, it has a brand new anime series called Brand New Animal debuting this coming June 30. Of course, that’s not to mention the current hit titles it already offers, including favorites such as Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Castlevania, One-Punch Man, and loads of Studio Ghibli movies.
Speaking of anime, Studio Trigger is the anime studio tasked with producing the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners series.
Although this animation company is relatively new, it has managed to release a number of certified hits in the past decade, including Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia. The studio is also the one who produced the aforementioned Brand New Animal.
As for the production crew, the director will be Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill), with Masahiko Otsuka (Promare) serving as assistant director. The creative direction will be handled by Hiromi Wakabayashi (Kill la Kill), the character design by Little Witch Academia’s Yoh Yoshinari and Yuto Kaneko, and the script adapted by Promare’s Masahiko Otsuka and Yoshiki Usa. The music will be done by Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill).