The year is 2077. Gang wars are raging in Night City, Free State of California—the worst city in America. In this cybernetic Wild West, corporations rule a broken and chaotic world form their ivory towers. Violence is rampant and homelessness, the norm. Bionic enhancements and implants have created a race of super-humans, some of which are affected by cyberpsychosis, a mental illness caused by a cyberenhancements overload. The psychosis causes them to go on violent rampages, something the police's Psycho Squads are trying to fight.
In the middle of this techno-social mess, mercenary V has to navigate dangerous waters to complete shady jobs, earn a living, and above all, survive.
This is the premise of the shiny new and super-hyped Cyberpunk 2077. The first trailer of the video game recently created a massive buzz thanks to some top-tier quality graphics and, of course, the appearance of a digitalized Keanu Reeves at the end of the clip. It was revealed that Reeves impersonates character Johnny Silverhand, one of the game’s main players and all-around badass. How appropriate.
It has now been confirmed that players will be given the opportunity to hop in the saddle of a futuristic motorcycle, the Yaiba Kusanagi. As any futuristic design goes, we can’t help but compare the Kusanagi to the most iconic cartoon motorcycle there is: Shotaro Kaneda’s ride in Akira.
Interestingly, the leaked image from a Japanese gaming magazine suggests the fictional bike will use a dual swingarm design and what seems to be some sort of nuclear reactor powertrain. Though the game likely won’t dive into the bike’s specifics, taking a closer look at how non-motorcycle companies depict the future of the industry can be fascinating.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a digitalized spinoff of the Cyberpunk 2020 role-playing game created in the late 80s—back when 2020 was “the future”. The game will launch on PC, X Box One, and PlayStation 4 in April 2020.