When it came time to work on Cyberpunk Red, we had a few questions we needed to ask ourselves. One was, of course:
How has the world of Cyberpunk changed since the end of the 4th Corporate War?
But another question, equally important, was this one:
How was the real world changes since we published Cyberpunk 2020?
The biggest and most obvious change, of course, was the smartphone revolution. We’re all carrying constantly connected tiny computers in our pockets and that’s altered the landscape of life as we know it.
Beyond that, a less noticeable but equally revolutionary change has come in the form of prostheses. Modern materials, computer technology, and 3d printing have changed the landscape when it comes to artificial prosthetics. As research continues, we get closer and closer to the bionic concept of fully functional cybernetics.
It is cyberpunk in the best way.
Mike wanted to find a way to include this real world ray of hope in our bleak Dark Future. He was especially inspired by a photograph he saw online of a group of young geeks, all with prosthetic limbs, at DragonCon. Long story short, he reached out to the group and asked if they’d like to help create a few characters for Cyberpunk Red.
They said yes. We got to work.
Cyberpunk Red will feature a new piece of fiction by Mike Pondsmith. We’re not going to share too many details yet, but the story will feature a team of Edgerunners, created with input from our new friends, on a mission that begins in Night City and shows off the world in the Time of the Red. Today, we’d like to introduce the characters who will be featured in that story and the brilliant people who helped us create them. We’re going to include links to their social media. We encourage you to check them out. They’re all astounding creators.
Kepler was created with the help of Ashley Sherman aka the American Cyborg in London and was recently a model on Glow Up on BBC Three.
Peumo was created with the help of James Young. There’s a decent chance you’ve seen him on BBC Three’s YouTube Channels.
Damian was created with the help of Brian Marquez, an associate producer at Adult Swim Games.
Zara was created with the help of Angel Giuffria, Bionic Actress, Cosplayer, and Archer.
Originally, Trace Wilson created another character but as Mike worked on the story, he realized that an existing character, Trace Santiago (aka the son of Nomad Santiago from Cyberpunk 2020) worked perfectly. Also, Trace Wilson’s name is Trace! Clearly, this was a sign. Mike and Trace collaborated to merge their two ideas together to create the Trace Santiago of Cyberpunk Red.
Trace is a speaker and author of the children’s books Uniquely Me and Uniquely Brave.
And finally, we’d like to introduce Amelia Kołat.
While writing, Mike realized the story was missing something. Specifically, it was missing a Rockerboy.
After all, doesn’t every good Cyberpunk story have a Rockerboy?
For help creating a new music legend for a new era, we turned to Amelia. She’s already one in real life, leading the charge as the community manager for Cyberpunk 2077. She’s also been one of our lifelines, helping to keep us connected to CD Projekt Red and keeping us from getting lost when we visited Poland.
Thanks for joining us in this big character reveal! We hope you enjoyed it and, once again, we encourage you to check out and follow our skilled collaborators. They’ve done a legend’s work, both in the real world and in the world of Cyberpunk Red.
There’s one last thing we’d like to say before we wrap up for today.
When we decided to work with Ashley, James, Trace, Brian, and Angel we also decided to put our money where our mouth is when it came to bringing the positive possibilities of Cyberpunk into the real world. As such, we’re going to be donating a share of every sale of the Cyberpunk Red core rulebook to a not-for-profit that helps fit kids with prostheses. We’re still researching exactly which charity that’ll be but we’ll announce it when we’ve found the perfect match.
Thanks, choombas. And until next time, do something good on the streets.