Cyberpunk Pioneer William Gibson Casually Destroys Cyberpunk 2077, Calls its Aesthetic Generic

Cyberpunk Pioneer William Gibson Casually Destroys Cyberpunk 2077, Calls its Aesthetic Generic


Today CD Projekt Red debuted the first real trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, the studio's next game after the critically-acclaimed The Witcher series. While the trailer showed off the best glimpse at Cyberpunk 2077's aesthetic, Neuromancer author and cyberpunk godfather William Gibson was not impressed.

In a tweet after the Microsoft E3 reveal, William Gibson tweeted his thoughts on the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer calling it, "GTA skinned-over with a generic 80s retro-future."

Gibson is best known for sci-fi novels like Burning Chrome and Neuromancer and his works are held up as examples of the cyberpunk genre. So, to hear him call Cyberpunk 2077 as "generic" is pretty damning.

We wrote how the first look at Cyberpunk's aesthetic is both accurate to the genre's conventions but will need to charge its own path to stand up to cyberpunk greats, including Gibson.

Gibson hasn't really followed-up on his comments, but it remains to be seen if CD Projekt Red will respond. For more on CD Projekt Red's latest, check out our Cyberpunk 2077 guide for the latest trailers and details. Also check out our E3 2018 guide for the full breakdown of this week's events.

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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