A lot of games tried to capture the true aesthetics of the original Cyberpunk tabletop game, with most of them adding their own unique takes on it. Its creator though gave the license of its universe to CD Projekt RED because they were true fans and loved his work and he was right to do so. He believes that the developers “nailed” the look of Night City.
The original Cyberpunk tabletop game has created a whole universe, an idea that would later be turned into movies, songs, and video games. The creator and author of the original game and its successor Cyberpunk 2020, Mike Pondsmith has recently talked about Cyberpunk 2077, saying that he gave the license to CD Projekt RED for the use of his world because they were true fans of his work and respected the universe. He said:
“CD [Projekt Red] was different because from the beginning they were fans. The running joke was we licensed Cyberpunk in, like, nine countries, and we licensed it to Poland, and I said ‘OK I guess we’ll sell five copies there’. And remember, when we did this, they were still just getting out of the Soviet bloc, so we figured there are maybe six guys who are going to see it in Polish. Turned out those six guys worked in CDPR.”
On top of that, Pondsmith revealed that he was helping CD Projekt RED with the concept of Cyberpunk 2077, with ideas about its design and its similarities with the original Cyberpunk tabletop. Interestingly, he was fascinated by the fact that, when he met with the developers at CD Projekt, they could quote lines from his game, letting him know that they’ll respect his world and try to make it better than ever.
Pondsmith pointed out that he’s pleased with how the game is shaping up that from what he saw from its trailer before E3 2018 and he said that the developers “nailed” the look of Night City.
Recently, the famous tabletop creator played Cyberpunk 2020 with IGN, rocking a Cyberpunk 2077 t-shirt and giving fans a great look of what the game used to be from the master himself.
Cyberpunk 2077 has no release date as of yet, however, everyone expects it to be released sometime next year, in 2019. As for the Cyberpunk tabletop, it is currently selling like crazy on Ebay, with its price skyrocketed since the reveal trailer of the video game back in E3 2018.