Cyberpunk Red, the tabletop interquel that's set between Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk 2077, has been delayed due to COVID-19.
Cyberpunk Red takes place in 2045 and is a pen-and-paper RPG like Dungeons & Dragons. The game is described as taking place in a world where a 4th Corporate War has just concluded and there is a tentative peace, leaving everyone else to fend for themselves in a destroyed world. It sounds depressing, but for enterprising souls, there are always opportunities, but you may have to get your hands a little dirty.
There's a lot to like about the description for Cyberpunk Red, but tabletop gamers will have to wait a little while longer for its release:
We’ll just come right out and say it. 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. 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.
So who knows when it's coming out, but that doesn't mean you can't get excited about it still. Right now you can watch a playthrough on RealmSmith's YouTube channel, which includes people like Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Noura Ibrahim (Vampire: The Masquerade: L.A. By Night), and Luke Gygax (son of Gary Gygax, creator of D&D).
It's also been pointed out that for any playthrough you might see the rules aren't yet final, so if you watch a playthrough don't expect the rules to be a 1:1 recreation of what you'll eventually be playing. In fact, the rules won't be final until the "book is in the printer", so who knows how much changes there'll be when the game is finally released.
What do you think of this news? Are you interested in playing Cyberpunk Red to learn more about Cyberpunk 2077? Do you like tabletop board games? Let us know in the comments!