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Cyberpunk's Universe Explained

Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith breaks down the world of Cyberpunk 2020 and 2077.

CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 was the talk of E3 and, given that it's being developed by the team behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, there's a whole lot of new people interested in the Cyperpunk universe. While it may be some time before we get to play Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, the wait means we can get familiar with the source material. And who better to do it with than Mike Pondsmith, creator of original Cyberpunk 2020 role-playing game.

GameSpot was fortunate enough to sit down with Pondsmith and get a crash course on the universe. In the video above he explains what cyberpunk is all about, talks about the "craptastic" world the game is set in, and the impact of the technology that is critical to it. He also discusses the history of cyberpunk and how the idea of classes fit into it--and by extension the upcoming video game.

Pondsmith's take on cyberpunk has some elements that are unique to his vision, such as the Rockerboys--partially inspired by the band U2--the inspiration Mad Max had, along with the book Hard Wired, which contributed to the creation of the Nomad class responsible for moving goods in a world where an established mail system no longer exists.

There's also a discussion about how Pondsmith works with CD Projekt Red for the creation of the video game, as well as his reaction to the E3 2018 trailer. Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person RPG with shooter elements. Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference featured a surprise Cyberpunk 2077 trailer. After that, we got to see the game behind-closed-doors at the show, and you can read our Cyberpunk 2077 preview to find out what we think of the game.

You can also find out about how Cyberpunk 2077's character customization and class progression works. If you'd like to learn more about the world CD Projekt Red is creating, you can read about Cyberpunk 2077's six districts here.