A couple of days ago, CD Projekt Red announced that its upcoming sci-fi RPG game Cyberpunk 2077, will get a spin-off physical card game called Cyberpunk 2077 - Afterlife. Now, the studio clarified that unlike The Witcher 3's Gwent, the upcoming title will not include a Netrunner card game in-game.
The recent announcement is in response to rumors that surfaced recently, claiming that Cyberpunk 2077 will also get a card game within the game. CD Projekt Red's Rafal Jacki debunked the speculation on Reddit saying, "Sorry all but we are not doing Netrunner in any way - I'm a fan of the game myself but we decided to create something new and stand-alone."
The rumors started as early as last year when Android: Netrunner, a card-game published by Fantasy Flight Games from 2012-2018, was unexpectedly discontinued. Given the thematic connections between Cyberpunk and Netrunner, many assumed that CD Projekt Red will be including a Netrunner card game within Cyberpunk 2077.
Although the studio confirmed that there are no current plans to include a card game within the sci-fi RPG, CD Projekt Red is already developing the physical card game called Afterlife with board game publisher Cmon. Afterlife will put players in the role of Fixers, who are tasked to recruit cyberpunks to smuggle goods and information. The Fixers will also be responsible for equipping cyberpunks with the necessary tools and weapons and send them out on missions.
Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red announced previously that Cyberpunk 2077 will borrow a cool idea from The Witcher franchise. More specifically, the upcoming game will have its own version of The Witcher 3's popular concert Priscilla. While no details were revealed, the studio said that the concert would be much bigger and grander than the one in The Witcher.
It's an interesting thought that event though Cyberpunk 2077 is still in development, CD Projekt Red is already thinking of other mediums the game can branch out to. Given that The Witcher franchise already has a TV show in the works, it is not unlikely for Cyberpunk 2077 to have a movie or a TV series of its own sometime in the future.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16, 2020, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.