Netflix has released two new pieces of footage for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 anime spin-off. Tantalizing given the subtitle Edgerunners, the teasers were revealed during the company’s 2022 Geeked Week. The first video is a small trailer that shows off the world and some of the characters of the anime, while the second piece of footage is a 40-second video that focuses on one scene. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is made in collaboration between Netflix, CD Projekt Red, and studio Trigger, and will release in September 2022.
The anime was originally announced back in 2020, but the series went quiet for the next two years. The new footage that was shown highlights the futuristic setting of the anime, which matches closely with the aesthetics of the 2020 game. There’s a lot of blood and gore in the videos indicating that the anime is for a mature audience.
Not much of the plot was revealed in both videos, but it appears that the series will focus on two cyber-enhanced humans. One of the protagonists looks like a young man with a mohawk, while the other has the appearance of a young woman with short white hair. They both appear to work together to take down shady criminals within Night City, while also working for a separate group of potentially shady people.
The animation for Edgerunners is created by the prestigious Japanese company Studio Trigger. Founded in 2011 by anime veterans, Studio Trigger came into prominence with the release of the company’s 2013 hit anime Kill la Kill. Since then they have worked on other hit animes including Little Witch Academia, Darling in the Franxx, SSSS.Gridman, and Promare. The studio also helped work on two episodes for Star Wars: Visions. For Edgerunners, Trigger is collaborating with the developers from CD Projekt Red that worked on the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an action RPG released in 2020. The game takes place in an unspecific time in the future and centers around a mercenary named V. V travels their way through Night City, and it is up to players to decide what kind of cybernetic implants V should have. Cyberpunk 2077 was highly anticipated before release, but after a series of delays the game launched with a mixed response, due to a large number of glitches and lack of overall polish.