Cyberpunk 2077 is based on Mike Pondsmith's pen and paper roleplaying game, Cyberpunk 2020. Both versions are set in Night City, a gritty, dangerous playground filled with people attempting to survive in a transhumanist world. It's an ideal scenario for a video game, and Pondsmith had offers before CD Projekt Red stepped up.
As Pondsmith explains in the above behind-the-scenes video, he chose CD Projekt Red because the team was fanatical about the game and wouldn't try to change the feel of it. Cyberpunk 2077 is a mature version of Cyberpunk 2020, but more expansive, more tactile and more dangerous. Hear what Pondsmith has to say about his franchise going digital above, or just watch it for the beautiful shots of the rainy, nighttime cityscape that inspired the game's first trailer.