Last Revision: 5.15.2020
The following FAQ answers questions about both Cyberpunk Red, the upcoming new edition of the classic TRPG of the Dark Future, and the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, an introductory box set for the game.
Q: What is Cyberpunk Red?
A: Cyberpunk Red is a new edition of Cyberpunk, the original tabletop roleplaying game of the Dark Future created by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian Games.
Q: What is the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit?
A: The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit is a “starter box” introduction to Cyberpunk Red. It will contain essential rules, world lore, pregenerated characters, an adventure, Screamsheets, dice, and more. Everything needed to play right out of the box for people curious about the game and the world.
Q: When will Cyberpunk Red and the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit be released?
A: The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit was released on August 1st at GenCon. It is currently available in digital format via DriveThruRPG. We are printing more of the physical format now. When the new boxes are ready, they will be available on our webstore and via retailers. Cyberpunk Red currently has a tentative release window of end of summer 2020 but that could change.
Q: Why can’t you give a precise date or release window on Cyberpunk Red?
A: Creating a new core rulebook for a classic RPG is tricky. We want to take our time to make sure this is a quality game. Having had trouble with release windows before, we’re wary to give one until we’re sure we can make that goal.
Q: What system is Cyberpunk Red? Fuzion or Interlock?
A: Cyberpunk Red will use the classic Interlock system, though, as with any new edition of a TRPG, there will be revisions and updates. The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will use the same rules, though they will be streamlined because they are part of an introductory set.
Q: Is Cyberpunk Red going to be compatible with Cyberpunk 2020?
A: While there will be changes to the rules, it should not be too difficult to convert Cyberpunk 2020 material to Cyberpunk Red.
Q: Does Cyberpunk Red take place in the same universe as Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk 2077?
A: Yes. R. Talsorian Games and CD Projekt Red have worked together on a common timeline for the original Cyberpunk (Cyberpunk 2013) to Cyberpunk 2020 to Cyberpunk Red to Cyberpunk 2077.
Q: What about Cyberpunk v3? And Cybergeneration?
A: Cyberpunk v3 and Cybergeneration both officially take place in alternate timelines. They are “what if?” scenarios. The Carbon Plague of Cybergeneration did occur in the 2020/Red/2077 timeline but was quickly contained.
Q: Will there be Roles (aka classes) in Cyberpunk Red?
A: Yes, there will be roles. They will be familiar but many will have evolved or changed. Some will have alternative special abilities. There will also be rules for changing roles during play. Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will have pregenerated characters, though they will have options for customization.
Q: When in the timeline does Cyberpunk Red take place?
A: The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit pegs “present day” as 2045.
Q: What is Cyberpunk Red’s relationship to Cyberpunk 2077?
A: Red will show the Cyberpunk world in a period of rebuilding following the 4th Corporate War. It will help explain how society moved from that world-shattering event to what’s presented in the video game.
Q: What formats will Cyberpunk Red be available in? How much will it cost?
A: Cyberpunk Red will be a full color, hardcover book in physical form and a full color PDF in digital form. The suggested retail price is yet to be determined. The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit’s physical form will be a boxed set. It will also be available as a PDF, minus the dice and plastic standee feet.
Q: How soon will Cyberpunk Red be in stores?
A: That depends on how quickly distributors and retailers order it once it is made available, though we won’t open orders until we’re sure we can fulfill them.
Q: What sort of art will Cyberpunk Red have?
A: Cyberpunk Red will have new art, commissioned from a number of talented artists. The art will be full color and on par with any modern RPG.
Q: Will Cyberpunk Red be available in other languages?
A: We do not translate TRPGs ourselves. That being said, we have several partners in other countries who have localized our games. We anticipate licensing the rights to companies in several countries in the future.
Q: Is Mike Pondsmith involved in Cyberpunk Red?
A: Absolutely. He is both the lead developer and primary writer on the project.
Q: Will Cyberpunk Red be compatible with the Witcher TRPG?
A: Not without work. Though they’re both Interlock, each is specifically designed to work within their genre. Of course, we’ve already had some arguments about Geralt vs. Morgan Blackhand…
Q: Where can I find out more about Cyberpunk Red?
A: We’ll be releasing new information about Cyberpunk Red from now until its debut in August. Follow on Twitter or on Facebook or check out blog for more details: https://rtalsoriangames.com/