As irredeemable of a game Cyberpunk 2077 was, who could have guessed that an anime spin-off by Netflix and Studio Trigger would single-handedly change the world’s perspective? Cyberpunk: Edgerunners shook the gaming community with its emotional storytelling and a narrative that was fast-paced and that didn’t cling to cliches. The show went on to win not only 2022’s anime of the year but also the hearts of the viewers, of which there were millions.
Now as the anime has concluded, it’s left us with a gaping hole and a yearning for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2. Ratings for the anime were off the charts, and it was so good that the game got an update for tie-in content. There simply needs to be a second season, and though there isn’t confirmation for it yet, there’s a strong possibility that it’ll return in some form.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2 Isn’t Off The Table But David’s Story Is
Netflix and CD Projekt Red, the studio behind the Cyberpunk video game franchise, commissioned the anime to be a standalone project, so bluntly speaking, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2 might never happen, though I think quite the opposite.
The anime certainly didn’t reach the peaks of Netflix‘s other wonders like Arcane, but it still did deliver a solid experience. Netflix never cancels a hit show — or so they say — and the service should be eyeing another dose of Cyberpunk, however, the anime’s producer has briefed us in on a disappointing update.
Satoru Honma, one of the producers of the anime, spoke to Famitsu about the anime’s positive reception. While he said that the team was appreciative of the fans, he also stated that “….Just to be clear, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners was planned as a standalone work”.
He followed that up by claiming there are no plans to make a second season right now, and even if there were, he didn’t know “if it would be Season 2 or something completely different”.
Well, there you have it. Studio Trigger isn’t secretly concocting a second season in the dark. It’s a bummer, but as far as David’s story is concerned, things came full circle for him in Season 1. The gut-wrenching finale had nearly everyone die at the hands of Adam Smasher. The only one who got away was Lucy, so an entire season based around her seems unlikely because of the bittersweet ending. However, that in no way means Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2 won’t ever see daylight.
Cyberpunk 2134’s Edgerunners
If I had to place a bet, the next Cyberpunk anime will arrive sometime after the launch of the video game sequel. Yes, there’s a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 in the works, albeit it won’t be out for another six, seven years. With the sequel launched, CDPR may decide to do an anime again.
It’ll be the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2 everyone is waiting for, but it won’t be called that or have the same cast, that’s for sure. While Lucy managed to survive during Season 1, the finale clearly conveys that her ultimate fate involved successfully breaking free from the misery of Night City. Hence, reintroducing her would contradict the resolution established.. Lucy’s out for good.
The new anime will probably follow a new set of Edgerunners, the dark tone, sarcastic humor, stunning animation, and heart-rending themes on the other hand shouldn’t go anywhere. And perhaps a setting other than Night City will be the center of attention, in the year 2134, or whatever the heck CD Projekt Red chooses. That said, the Cyberpunk universe does love to stick to the theme of legacy, so David and V should be name-dropped if nothing else.
There’s a tiny chance that another season featuring V, the protagonist of Cyberpunk 2077, is announced. Though I wouldn’t get my hopes up for that as Phantom Liberty will probably close the book on the tale of V, and whichever story comes next will be far off from the year 2077.
When Will t Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2 Be Released?
As it stands Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2 does not have a release date. The earliest projection for another anime set in the same universe would likely be in the distant future, possibly around 2028. The best odds are after the release of Cyberpunk 2077’s sequel.
The Cyberpunk Studio Is Busy On Multiple Sequels
CDPR has confirmed that right now it’s hard at work developing The Witcher 4, one of the most anticipated upcoming open-world games. The Witcher 4 is stated to be the first in what is to be a new trilogy saga of Witcher games. A massive win for Witcher fans, but for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2 fans, not so much.
But that’s not all. The Witcher 1 is also getting a remake led by gaming studio Fool’s Theory. The remake is in the early stages of development, so it shouldn’t be out before The Witcher 4.
As for the Cyberpunk universe, CDPR has an untitled sequel in the pipeline. It’s in the pre-production stages as well, and considering how poorly optimized and buggy Cyberpunk 2077 was at launch, this time they’ll take things slow and steady to put this one out.
Another new IP under the codename “Hadar” is also being conceptualized by CD Project Red. Except for the name, we’ve got hardly anything to go by, however, I’d weigh that the Cyberpunk sequel has more chances of happening first.
If Studio Trigger doesn’t update us soon about Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Season 2, then you should be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Specifically, until Project Orion, Cyberpunk 2077’s sequel, drops, and even then, don’t be so hopeful as to expect Lucy or David and his crew to make an appearance.
Tayyab’s an anime & gaming enthusiast, and since he can’t make them (yet), he loves to write about why he finds them amazing.
Also, he’s a huge Hideo Kojima fan, and everything else that’s Japanese for that matter.