- Aug 25, 2020
Cyberpunk Red, the next edition of the tabletop game that Cyberpunk 2077 is based upon, has been delayed due to the impact of COVID-19. An update from Cyberpunk Red’s publisher, R. Talsorian Games, explained that the pandemic has forced the release date back in order to maintain the quality of the game. “The TRPG industry got punched in the gut by the pandemic and there’s just no way we can release in June without compromising quality,” the statement reads. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/07/11/ign-plays-cyberpunk-2020-with-its-creator"] “We’re currently looking at summer’s end for a release but until the world calms down and things stop fluctuating, our crystal ball is full of fog.” Technically speaking, Cyberpunk Red is already available to play via the Jumpstart Kit, which was released last August. However, this is a stripped-back starter edition, and the now-postponed core rulebook will feature the full game. The rulebook was originally set to launch alongside the Jumpstart Kit, but was delayed so that better ties could be forged with the lore of Cyberpunk 2077. Originally that delay pushed the game back to June 2020, but now we’ll be looking at a later date. Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed from April to September. With the lore of Cyberpunk Red - set in the era between the years 2020 and 2077 - directly tying into the world of CD Projek Red’s upcoming video game, the new target of the end of summer would bring the two projects closer together. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=100-new-cyberpunk-2077-screenshots-gangs-characters-and-playstyles-revealed&captions=true"] For more from the world of Cyberpunk, check out the cool new Mad Max-style vehicle featuring in 2077, the gory description of its adult content, and CD Projek Red's promise that 2077's DLC will be at least as big as The Witcher 3's expansions. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.