What is the connection between Cyberpunk Edgerunners, the Netflix anime , and the CD Projekt video game? Here we explain it to you!
CD Projekt ‘s video game universe has expanded to the small screen thanks to the Netflix anime titled Cyberpunk Edgerunners . This is the second time that the streaming platform adapts one of the great video games of the Polish company. The first of them was The Witcher , a series starring Henry Cavill in the role of Geralt of Rivia . This animated series marks the return to Night City , although the public must be very attentive to detect the connections with the history of the video game.
Cyberpunk Edgerunners leaves out the video game’s protagonist, V , and focuses on the life of David Martinez . This boy is a young man from the streets of Santo Domingo, one of the most important municipalities in the video game. David Martinez attends an Arasaka Corporation charter school , but is orphaned after a tragic accident. When he wakes up, he implants himself with a cyberware enhancement. That leads him to become one of the best edgerunners in town. An edgerunner basically means “cyberspace mercenary.” This criminal activity is an integral part of this universe and one of the main sources of income in the video game.
Despite sharing the same location as the CD Projekt title, Cyberpunk Edgerunners is a standalone story. Follow a new cast of characters, but also interact with some minor characters that appear in the game. In a few episodes, the protagonist David Martinez and the rest of his gang arrive at the Afterlife . This is a very famous bar for the mercenaries of Night City. And it was also the meeting place for the most important missions in the video game. Rogue , the queen of Afterlife, and waitress Claire Russell seem to synergize with their video game counterparts. Unfortunately, there is no Johnny Silverhand cameo., the popular character played by actor Keanu Reeves . However, the most relevant connection between the Netflix anime and the game is the appearance of Adam Smasher . In both cases, he acted as the great villain of the story.
When does the anime story take place?
The exact date and year that Cyberpunk Edgerunners takes place is never explicitly stated in the anime. However, context clues throughout the series suggest that it takes place before the events of the game. V ends the villain’s life at the end of CD Projekt’s main story. A new video game patch allows players to receive the jacket of David Martínez, the protagonist of the Netflix series. Side quests indicate that David’s timeline might not be too far from the year 2077.
The connections between Cyberpunk Edgerunners and the video game are not really clear. But there are many parallels between the two protagonists. The two tried to escape the inevitable fate of becoming a mercenary on the dangerous streets of Night City. The ending of the Netflix anime character serves as a warning to V, in a way. A warning that we take care of defining, since the future of the protagonist of the video game passes through our hands.