Mike Pondsmith, the original creator of the Cyberpunk 2020 board game, explained why after so many years he decided to grant the license by giving the green light to a videogame adaptation of his work, which is now taking shape thanks to Cyberpunk 2077 of CD Projekt RED.
As reported during a recent interview, Mike Pondsmith has in the past declined several proposals related to possible cyberpunk videogame transpositions. Quite simply, the author had not yet found a development company that had fully convinced him to launch an operation of this type.
Things changed once CD Projekt RED came on the scene, the Polish studio universally acclaimed by users thanks to The Witcher trilogy. Pondsmith thus explained what prompted him to entrust the software house with a task of such importance and difficulty of realization:
“The reason is that first and foremost the CDPRs are fans: they play the game [table]. Many of them grew up playing with it.
So this is like a group of guys who watched the Star Wars films as children and had the chance to create a Star Wars game: they would do the best job possible.
“That’s why we chose them. This game has been close to many, many different studios for years. But what I saw on CD Projekt is that they really cared about this and the things that were important to us were important to them. So I knew he was in good hands.“
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16th, 2020 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. After the introduction of Keanu Reeves into the game, Pondsmith is considering the idea of making a film adaptation. CD Projekt, meanwhile, has clarified that there is no multiplayer title in development related to the franchise.