Studio Trigger is working on a Cyberpunk 2077-based anime series called Cyberpunk: Edgerunners which is set to debut on Netflix in 2022.
“[Cyberpunk: Edgerunners] tells a standalone, 10-episode story about a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future,” reads a description of the series. “Having everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner—a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.”
The anime will take place in Cyberpunk 2077‘s universe, but it will not be a retelling of the upcoming game. Instead, it sounds like Studio Trigger’s goal is for the show to focus on new stories and characters within Night City.
Hiroyuki Imaishi (Kill la Kill) will be directing Cyberpunk: Edgerunners while famed Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka will compose the show’s score. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red, meanwhile, will serve as one of the series’ producers. Here’s what Cyberpunk 2077 game director Adam Badowski has to say about the project:
“We are so excited to finally reveal that we are working on an anime in the Cyberpunk world. We’ve devoured just about all the cyberpunk fiction there is to watch, read, and play; it’s a genre that leaves so much room for creativity, and has had such a strong influence on us. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is our love letter to cyberpunk as a whole, and to stories told in animated form.”
Studio Trigger CEO Masahiko Otsuka has also expressed his excitement regarding the potential of this series.
“We at TRIGGER are thrilled to work with CD Projekt Red to create a brand-new story set in the world of the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077,” Otsuka says. “It’s a huge challenge to adapt this universe into an anime, but we are eager to face it head-on. I’ve always loved cyberpunk as a genre, but always found it difficult to create as an original work. This is why I’m very excited to be working with CD Projekt Red on this project. It won’t be easy to please both game and anime fans, but I love a challenge, and I’m looking forward to the production. We’ll do our best to meet and exceed expectations.”
Here’s a brief preview of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners which focuses on Studio Trigger’s ideas and ambitions:
We’d have to agree that this is a pretty exciting partnership. Not only have there been some great cyberpunk animes in the past, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that developer CD Projekt Red is taking their time to craft a unique and compelling world that will almost certainly lend itself well to this format.