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Cyberpunk 2077 gets board game

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Cyberpunk 2077 gets a board game thanks to a Kickstarter campaign† Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City is a strange twist on the high-tech, low-life underbelly of the world, brought to life by CD Projekt Red and Mike Pondsmith. The game is published by CMON Games, who have made board game adaptations of god of war and bloodborne alongside other existing IPs.

If the snake-infested synopsis of the game on the Kickstarter page is any indication, it’s clear that the creators have serious reverence for the source material: “Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City is a competitive game where 1 to 4 players take the take on the role of ruthless gangs vying for control of the underground in the glittering inferno that is Night City. Clash with other gangs in the flesh or on the internet as your enterprising gang of tough men seek dominance over the criminal underworld that is dominating the streets Only the boldest will be remembered, and your Street Cred will make your way to the top.”

The aesthetics and fiction of this game seem to be based more on the Cyberpunk 2077 video game published by CD Projekt Red, as opposed to a riff on the source material written by Mike Pondsmith in the pen-and-paper Cyberpunk RPG. In addition to the signature crimson and neon yellow aesthetic, this board game comes with a stack of unpainted plastic miniatures that bear the resemblance to notable characters from the video game. Players can expect to see Jackie Welles, Johnny Silverhand and Judy Alvarez among the roughly two dozen plastic minis slated to ship with the game.

At the time of publication, the project has more than tripled its funding goal of $100,000 and is just short of its ultimate goal with about 10 days left in the campaign. Currently, the only available funding level is set at $110, but it gives you access to the core box and all miniatures.

We understand that a hot pile of unpainted plastic is hard to resist, but it’s worth noting that the current shipping timeline doesn’t start until at least eight months after the Kickstarter ends. And like the digital version of Cyberpunk, there’s no guarantee it won’t be delayed.

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