Cyberpunk Creator Mike Pondsmith Says ‘Everything is Political,’ Including His Game

Written by Faiza Iftikhar

Cyberpunk is a profoundly political sub-genre of science fiction, and it’s nothing unexpected that Cyberpunk 2077 will be as well. Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the pencil-and-paper RPG on which CD Projekt’s next enormous thing is based (who’s likewise working with the studio on 2077) said in an interview with VGC that  “everything is political,” and that the setting is a wake up call about the intersection of technology, power, and responsibility.


“I tell people that Cyberpunk is a notice, not, ‘Hey, this will be extraordinary.’ We are getting technologies now that are remarkable, things that I thought would be way out of our reach before 2020,” Pondsmith said.

“So if we have that, what are we going to do with it? How are we going to make the world work? How are we going to ensure that the ideal people use that technology responsibly? Do we truly need corporations structuring how our lives work? At the present time we have corporations that follow us everywhere. It’s significant for us to think where we’re going with this capability.”

Cyberpunk is “intrinsically political,” Pondsmith stated, however not in the usually thought about sense of left and right, or conservative and liberal. “Everything is political. Individuals are political. First we got food, at that point we got prostitution, at that point we got politics. And we might have gotten legislative issues before prostitution, but I’m not sure,” he said. “Essentially, it’s all political except a major piece of what Cyberpunk talks about is the differences of intensity and how innovation readdresses that.”

For instance, he refered to the production of his RPG company R. Talsorian Games in the pre-digital 1980s, when items had to be photographed and filmed and printed by experts, at noteworthy cost and on someone else’s schedule. However, advances in technology empowered Talsorian to bring a lot of that production process in-house just a couple of years later.

“Technology has made levelers. YouTube is a leveler from multiple points of view, since I don’t have to go to some network to get a TV show made. Flash was a leveler: I didn’t need to go somewhere and get a toy permit to get an animation made,” Pondsmith said. “All of a sudden I can do radical, interesting and intensely political things since technology is my enabler.”

Pondsmith now sees Cyberpunk as like to the Star Wars trilogy (the first one, I would hope) or “the various generations of Star Trek.” He was referring to the game world’s ability for new, original stories, yet his description of its evolution additionally illustrates its built-in political elements.

“2013 was about a world that was recouping and figuring out to use new technology. 2020 was a world in which corporations were incomparable and manhandled that power tremendously. The new book we’re doing at Talsorian, Cyberpunk Red, is about how individuals recoup from that screw-up, take the wheel for themselves and divert where they’re going to go,” he said. (The original Cyberpunk RPG was set in 2013, while the continuation took place in 2020.)

Cyberpunk 2077

“A great deal of 2077 is about that push between people who need to pick up power from the corporations and their groups, and the general population who have had a taste of their own freedom and are not going to oblige this. So right now Talsorian is running the Empire Strikes Back, while 2077 is basically Return of the Jedi or beyond even.”

Cyberpunk 2077 turns out on April 16, 2020. Here’s the full rundown on all that we think about it.

When is Cyberpunk 2077’s release date?

April 16, 2020 is the date conveyed to us by Keanu Reeves in the flesh at E3 2019. While our expectations for a 2019 release have been dashed, we currently at long last know we have not exactly a year to wait hold up before playing CD Projekt RED’s new game. Preorders for Cyberpunk 2077 have just started. We’ve additionally got every one of the subtleties on what’s incorporated in the Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition.

What’s the latest news on Cyberpunk 2077?

  • Cyberpunk 2077 won’t have an ethical quality framework• Keanu Reeves is showing up as Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077 and his anecdotal band has another genuine melody

    • Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be restrictive to the Epic Games Store (considering GOG exists, this should amaze nobody).

    • The open can see the 2019 ongoing interaction demo at PAX West

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