William Gibson’s 1984 novel Neuromancer, served to establish the genre now known as cyberpunk. The book implores a world where today’s high-class trends are tomorrow’s awkward stereotype and where frantic fanatics can rise overnight and disappear without a trace. Cyberpunk 2077, the much-anticipated game by Witcher studio CD Projekt Red, is about a place called Night City. But in its version, the past is never far away.

Cyberpunk 2077 was announced in 2012, and it’s based on a tabletop series that started in 1988. After years of effort and reportedly months of harsh crunch time, CD Projekt Red has released on an astonishingly formidable concept: a large virtual city with a complex story and roleplaying system.