We don't have any numbers yet, but Cyberpunk 2077 is looking to be a huge hit - at least if you look at how it dominated the online conversation for the past two weeks leading up to the December 10 launch. on tabletop role-playing game Cyberpunk, so it makes sense that the latter would also see a resurgence during launch week.
R. Talsorian Games, which has been publishing versions of Cyberpunk since 1988, announced on Twitter earlier this week that the core rulebooks for Cyberpunk RED, the video game's fourth edition and prequel, and Cyberpunk 2022, its second edition , were completely sold out on its online store.
And in a twist, we didn't expect...
Our online store is selling not only Cyberpunk RED Core Rulebook, but also Cyberpunk 2022 Core Rulebook.
Thank you all for your amazing support!
– R. Talsorian Games. Cyberpunk RED is now available! (@RTalsorianGames) December 7, 2022
In an email to Windows Central, the company clarified that Cyberpunk RED's first print was the "largest print run our company has had in over 30 years of operation" and that it sold out in a little over two weeks. Currently, he is working on a second run, but has no details on when it will be available.
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Cyberpunk 2022 is the second edition of the Cyberpunk tabletop RPG, and has been somewhat of the default version of the game (the third edition, Cyberpunk V3.0 takes place in an alternate timeline). Cyberpunk 2077 is a direct adaptation of that, which is why interest in the pen and paper version might be high. However, CD Projekt Red and R. Talsorian Games have worked together to unite the two games even more.
Since Cyberpunk 2077 is set further into the future (the years in the titles aren't just placeholders), Cyberpunk RED was created to tie the two games together. It takes place in the year 2045 and is a prequel to explain some of the events of Cyberpunk 2077. Mike Pondsmith, the founder of R. Talsorian Games and one of the creators of the Cyberpunk TTRPG, was a consultant and is credited as a co-creator on Cyberpunk 2077 He helped create Cyberpunk RED, along with a team of writers and artists.
Cyberpunk RED debuted at GenCon 2022 with a Jumpstart kit, which was set up to introduce new players to the universe. It included a knowledge book, custom dice, an adventure scenario, character models, maps, and in-universe clippings. The core rulebook was available digitally on November 14 and physically on November 19 on R. Talsorian's website.
“We are very fortunate to share the world with CD Projekt Red and believe the world of Cyberpunk is stronger because we coordinate and work so well together,” Media Ambassador J Gray told us in an email.
– R. Talsorian Games. Cyberpunk RED is now available! (@RTalsorianGames) December 9, 2022
Interest in the tabletop RPG has a history of ebbing with major Cyberpunk 2077 announcements. A company representative told Polygon that after E3 2022, sales increased "by around 400%" . He ordered a bigger run before E3 and still sold out.
In the meantime, if you're interested in Cyberpunk RED, you can still purchase and download a PDF of the core rulebook for $30. The Jumpstart Kit is also still available for $30.
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