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Cyberpunk 2077 is Getting a Prequel Story in a New Edition of the Original Tabletop RPG This Summer

Harkening back to its roots, Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will bring a new edition of the classic RPG that bridges the gap to Cyberpunk 2077.

June 24, 2019

From its highly-detailed futuristic world to its inclusion of the one and only Keanu ReevesCyberpunk 2077 is easily one of the most anticipated games of the generation. However, for those unfamiliar with its tabletop gaming roots, you will now have the chance to dive in to the original RPG with its namesake while also getting a bit of backstory leading in to the massive RPG from CD Projekt Red.

As detailed by Polygon, the original tabletop RPG that inspired Cyberpunk 2077 is getting a new edition later this year called Cyberpunk Red, and not only will it serve as the perfect entryway into the world of Cyberpunk 2020, but it will also offer a bridge into the world and characters of the game itself.


The new edition of Cyberpunk 2020 is getting a special starter set called the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, and the kit itself will make its debut on August 1, 2019 at the upcoming Gen Con 2019. After that, the full version of the tabletop RPG will be released later this year at other retailers by publisher R. Talsorian Games.

The starter kit will retail for $29.99 and includes a full Cyberpunk adventure for new players to run with their friends, alongside a rulebook and lore book to establish the setting and characters. The starter kit also features dice, maps, and a set of characters to let players hop in from the start.

For those unfamiliar with its origins, Cyberpunk is the sci-fi tabletop RPG created by game designer Mike Pondsmith that first debuted in 1988 with its original release as Cyberpunk 2013. Over the coming years, the game eventually came to be known by its second edition (Cyberpunk 2020), with the upcoming Cyberpunk Red seeking to bridge the gap between the setting of the original tabletop game and Cyberpunk 2077, acting as a “prequel” to the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020, while the upcoming Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, will arrive on August 1. For a closer look, you can check out the final box art for the tabletop game below, and you can pre-order the highly-anticipated game on Amazon right now.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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