The Cyberpunk 2077 Prequel Has Been Delayed
Cyberpunk 2077’s tabletop RPG prequel – Cyberpunk Red – unfortunately won’t be coming out this June.
Cyberpunk Red – the tabletop RPG prequel to Cyberpunk 2077 – has reportedly been delayed.
In case you didn’t know, Cyberpunk Red will be the product of a collaborative effort between R. Talsorian Games and CD Projekt RED themselves. It will be set in the same universe as that of the latter’s hotly-anticipated sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077, but will feature new lore and game mechanics from the years leading up to 2077.
Cyberpunk Red was meant to hit the tops of our tables in June 2020, but of course, COVID-19 happened and now that simply won’t be possible. At least, not without compromising the game’s quality, reads the latest blog post released by R. Talsorian Games.
In terms of the new release date, things unfortunately aren’t clear at this stage:
We’re currently looking at summer’s end for a release but until the world calms down and things stop fluctuating, our crystal ball is full of fog.
To tide yourself over – at least for a little while – you can at least catch some footage of what you can expect from the tabletop RPG when it does finally get here, featuring Matthew Lillard, Noura Ibrahim, and Luke Gygax.
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In 1988, a tabletop roleplaying game was released that would ultimately become a cornerstone for tech and geek culture. Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk predicted the rise of cellphones, the Internet and even GoPro cameras. It still resonates today as a dystopian snapshot of contemporary culture, sharing an aesthetic with Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and The Matrix. Further cementing its influence, one of the most highly-anticipated video games of the next couple of years, Cyberpunk 2077, is based on the world Pondsmith created and he’s working with the creators to realize his vision.
“My wife told me that these guys in Poland wrote to us and said they wanted to do a Cyberpunk game,” Pondsmith tells Glixel. “They told me that the game was really important to them back in the Iron Curtain days – back then, they had Cyberpunk and communism. What impressed us was not just their capabilities and their well-organized toolsets, but that they knew and loved the material. I said, ‘let’s do this thing.’”
Those guys in Poland were CD Projekt Red, the team behind The Witcher – the blockbuster fantasy series that has sold more than 20 million copies since the first game in the trilogy was released 10 years ago. Think sprawling open landscapes, giant monsters, intricate lore and scenery that would make Bob Ross fall to his knees and weep. Cyberpunk 2077 – which was first announced back in 2013 – will see the studio take the same approach to create a vast, convincing and immersive game world.
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The prequel to Cyberpunk 2077, the Cyberpunk Red tabletop RPG, is postponed
In January, fans found out that Cyberpunk 2077 would be postponed by 5 months to Sept.17 Now comes word that the tabletop role-playing game, titled Cyberpunk Red, will also be delayed by at least a couple of months. The announcement was made in an official post by developer and publisher R. Talsorian Games.
” We’ll simply come right out and say it,” stated R. Talsorian in its post.
R. Talsorian, led by games industry veteran Mike Pondsmith, initially produced the Cyberpunk universe in the 1980 s. CD Projekt licensed that game world almost a years back, and has actually worked with Pondsmith and his group to integrate that tradition into their video game. That makes Cyberpunk Red the prequel to Cyberpunk 2077
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Cyberpunk Tabletop Creator Will Have A Role In Cyberpunk 2077
Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the original Cyberpunk tabletop game, has been very active in the development of the highly-anticipated game based on his work. There is a lot of material to adapt and a lot of work to be done; however, the world of Cyberpunk 2077 won’t just be adapting its creator’s mind.
Cyberpunk 2077 confirmed at E3 this year that Keanu Reeves will be playing Johnny Silverhand, a ghost rockstar who helps the main character on their Cyberpunk journey. In a recent interview with Official Xbox Magazine, Mike Pondsmith confirmed that he does have a role in the game, and that it may include playing bass alongside Johnny.
“I have a role. I actually recorded for one role, but they came up with a different one for me, but I can’t tell you much more than that. And I’m telling you that because there are a lot of fans who are going, ‘He better be in the game somewhere.’ So I’m in the game. I’m figuring what happens is, you know, at some point, [Johnny Silverhand] is playing his guitar and I’ll come out and play my bass [laughs].”
Hopefully this is not a joke, and we can expect a performance from Keanu and Mike somewhere in the game. Cyberpunk 2077 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16.
Cyberpunk 2077 – CD Projekt RED take on a tabletop RPG
Cyberpunk 2077, an announcement too soon!
One of E3’s biggest surprised and disappointments this year was Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED’s action role-playing game. The producers of The Witcher 3 had announced the game’s existence back in 2012. It was hoped some details would leak or that even a teaser trailer would be shown at the game convention. Sadly, little new was announced. CD Projekt RED did state the release date had slipped into 2017 and that they would not release any details until some months beforehand. This follows a tactic similar to Fallout 4 which had it big unveiling at E3, but which has a stated release date on November 10th.
Surely, something can be said about Cyberpunk 2077? Well, the game is based on the Cyberpunk franchise of tabletop games. Like other tabletop franchises such as Warhammer 40.000 and D&D there are several iterations of which Cyberpunk 2020 is the most popular. The setting is a dystopian future-noir cityscape inspired by Blade Runner and Neuromancer. CD Projekt attempts to turn the tabletop into a game using the same game engine developed for the recently released The Witcher 3. The latter game has been described as a clone of Skyrim, but with notable improvements. CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski told IGN that some of the Witcher 3 developers had already begun work on Cyberpunk 2077, but that most are still busy with expansion packs. Fans were disappointed by this comment as it implied the project was not that far into production.
After CD Projekt RED announced the game’s title in 2012 they released a teaser trailer in 2013. According to Iwinski this was done to test the waters. After the success of Deus Ex I find it surprising they would not consider a future-noir styled Skyrim a done deal. Cyberpunk 2077 will not be a turn-based game like its tabletop counterpart, but instead it will be an action RPG. Inspired by Blade Runner the game will feature NPCs (Non-playable characters) that speak their own native language which the player has to translate themselves. The setting will be non-linear and mature, similar to Witcher 3. If you are doubtful as to the meaning of the latter term just Google ‘Witcher 3 sauna’. The game is scheduled release on PS4 Xbox One and PC. So, there is still a long way to go before Cyberpunk 2077 becomes a reality. I do think it is well worth keeping an eye on. Meanwhile check out The Witcher 3 if you want an excellent game to play during the summer.
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Cyberpunk 2077 Gets A Tabletop Prequel This August
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If you can’t wait for Cyberpunk 2077 to arrive next year, then there’s good news. The highly-anticipated CD Projekt Red game will be receiving an official prequel in the form of a tabletop game. Cyberpunk Red will essentially be a new and updated edition of the original tabletop RPG on which Cyberpunk 2077 is adapted from.
The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will be a starter or introductory kit of sorts for new players, as it will contain the game’s rules, world lore, pre-generated characters, an adventure, Screamsheets, dice, and more. Publisher R. Talsorian Games has unveiled the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit’s official box art, which you can check out below.
According to the Cyberpunk Red FAQ, the upcoming tabletop RPG will “show the Cyberpunk world in a period of rebuilding following the 4th Corporate War”, as well as “help show how society moved from that world-shattering event to what’s presented in the video game”.
The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will go on sale at the upcoming Gen Con in the U.S. on 1 August 2019, but the full version will be released at a later unspecified date. It will be priced at $29.99. On the same day, the digital version will also be made available on DriveThruRPG, while the physical edition will go on sale later on the official online store.
Cyberpunk 2077 is slated to launch for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 16 April 2077. In the meantime, head on over here for more details on Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition, or check out the 10 details we learned from the Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 demo here.
New Cyberpunk 2077 details arriving this June, confirms CD Projekt
Cyberpunk 2077 may have suffered a delay earlier this year, but things seem to be well on track for the upcoming game right now. Ahead of its highly anticipated September 17 release date, the game is set to get more of its details outlined next month. Through the game’s Twitter account, developer CD Projekt has asked fans to ‘GET READY’ for June 11.
However, what’s in store for the said date is still unknown. Our guess is that the developers will be holding a livestream to reveal unseen footage from the game, and also to explain some of its main aspects. And the fact that the image in the tweet reads ‘Night City Wire’ leads us to believe that this will be a weekly affair after the June 11 debut.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to arrive for the PS4, the Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia this September. CD Projekt has confirmed that an Xbox Series X version is also under development, and it will be offered for free to anyone who purchases the Xbox One version. There has been no confirmation about a PS5 version as yet.
Set in the dystopian Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 is an open world action-RPG that was announced by its makers all the way back in 2012. Last August saw a 48-minute playthrough of the game being released online, which was lapped up with fervor by eager fans. In case you’re unaware, this game is based on a tabletop role-playing game named Cyberpunk, which was first released in 1988, and was created by Mike Pondsmith.
Like we said, June 11 is the date on which the CD Projekt plans to unveil new details regarding Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Tabletop creator confirms the series’ timeline
The creator of the tabletop source material has confirmed where CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 fits in the series’ timeline.
CD Projekt RED will be showing more of Cyberpunk 2077 at their most important E3 yet, and the creator of the tabletop source material has helpfully cleared up the series’ timeline.
Leading up to its appearance at E3, CD Projekt RED has shared more details about their highly-anticipated title.
The polish developer has said that the game looks very different to what was shown at E3 2018 and that its gameplay is “next level” compared to The Witcher 3.
Next to “when will Cyberpunk 2077 be released,” one of the most common question fans have had is about the series’ timeline. Thankfully, the creator of Cyberpunk 2020 boardgame has clarified that the events of the video game take place in a “unified timeline”.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Tabletop creator confirms the series’ timeline
The creator of Cyberpunk 2020, Mike Pondsmith, took to Reddit to dispel rumours that Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in a different timeline.
“There’s still an incorrect interview floating around the interwebs that states that Cyberpunk 2077 and Cyberpunk 2020 are separate timelines,” Pondsmith posted.
“To clear this up, I am posting RIGHT HERE AND NOW that the timeline is unified, with the path moving from Cyberpunk 2013 thru Cyberpunk 2020, then through Cyberpunk RED and up to Cyberpunk 2077.”
Pondsmith ended his post by saying that fans should expect to hear “more on this later.”
In other Cyberpunk 2077 news, CD Projekt RED’s Quest Designer has said that there are “3 to 5” ways to complete quests within missions.
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Cyberpunk 2077 news: Big surprise for 2020 as Afterlife plans are revealed
CYBERPUNK 2077 will be one of the biggest video game releases of 2020, and a new surprise has been unveiled to accompany the PS4 and Xbox One launch.
A new Cyberpunk 2077 card game has been announced (Image: CD PROJEKT RED)
Cyberpunk 2077 is a highly anticipated release on PS4, PC and Xbox One, and it’s also getting a surprise expansion.
This won’t be new DLC, although it wouldn’t surprise us to hear that they have additional content planned for Cyberpunk 2077.
The latest offering from Witcher 3 developers CD PROJEKT RED has been one of the standout stars of the past two E3 events.
But something that wasn’t mentioned was the plan to release a companion tabletop game in 2020.
And while we don’t know exactly when Afterlife: The Card Game is going to be launched, it will be the same year as the full video game experience.
This may even help to explain those rumours suggesting that CD PROJEKT RED had multiple Cyberpunk 2077 games in the works.
This was followed by an announcement from the studio that there were several projects in the works.
It turns out; these were mostly connected to existing games.
The one unannounced project that was mentioned was in connection with a mobile game, rather than anything AAA.
But this new tabletop game is going to be part of the Cyberpunk 2077 universe, which should come as great news to fans.
According to the latest update from CMON, Afterlife has been designed by award-winning game designer Eric M. Lang.
The game features the dark alleyways of Night City, where ruthless gangs clash with corporations in an endless war for money, power, and control.
Here’s more information about the premise of the new card game, with the official CMON description revealing:
“In Cyberpunk 2077 – Afterlife: The Card Game, players become Fixers. Fixers are the databrokers and masterminds in Night City who recruit cyberpunks, equip them with gear, and send them out on missions.
“But nothing’s free in Night City. Players need to balance between what they want and what they can actually afford. Using an innovative drafting mechanic and special dashboard, players must decide which cards they want to buy, and which to sacrifice for funds in order to purchase new ones.
“Each successful mission raises the player’s Street Cred, with mission survivors becoming Veterans, imparting their knowledge and experience to newer recruits. In this chrome-infused world, Street Cred is the only currency that truly matters.”
And if this new game proves to be a hit with fans, CMON and CD Projekt RED has confirmed that this will be just the first collaboration between the two companies, with plans for more to follow.
Eric M. Lang, CMON’s Director of Game Design, said of the project, “I’m a huge fan of Cyberpunk and have played it since the first edition. I grew up playing the RPG and have kept up with the franchise through the years. Andrea Chiarvesio and I were beyond thrilled to work on it.”
“We have a big board game community at the studio, and we couldn’t be happier to partner up with CMON. We love their games and are very excited to show the world our shared vision for a great card game in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe,” said Rafał Jaki, Business Development Director at CD PROJEKT RED.
As confirmed above, we don’t have a release date for the new Afterlife game, only that will be launched in 2020.
This means it could arrive before or after Cyberpunk 2077 is released on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
A New Edition of the Cyberpunk 2020 Tabletop RPG Will Offer Cyberpunk 2077 Prequel Content
Looking to explore a bit of the Cyberpunk 2077 story before the title hits store shelves early next year? The Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop RPG has it covered. A new edition of the tabletop RPG, dubbed Cyberpunk Red, is currently in the works, but lacks a release date. However, the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit is expected to debut on August 1, 2019 at Gen Con 2019 and will retail for $29.99.
Not only will this act as a good introduction into creator Mike Pondsmith’s sci-fi world, it will additionally bridge the gap between Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk 2077. As such, players should expect to encounter new mechanics and lore from the period between the two experiences.
According to publisher R. Talsorian Games, the starter kit will feature all of the necessary tools, including: “Essential rules, customizable pregenerated characters, new world lore, some amazing dice” from Q Workshop, and much more. Those interested in the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will also be able to get in on the fun via a PDF on DriveThruRPG, though, of course, the playing dice won’t be included.
By the time the starter kit arrives, audiences will be that much closer to seeing more of Cyberpunk 2077 in action. During E3 2019, CD Projekt RED revealed the event’s behind-closed-doors demo is scheduled to have a showing at this year’s PAX West, which kicks off on August 30th and ends a few days later on September 2nd. Similar to the E3 2018 preview, the lengthy demo shown during E3 2019 had many critics raving.
Cyberpunk 2077 will hit store shelves early next year on April 16, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. Preorders for the game are already live online and at various retailers. The Collector’s Edition, which costs a whopping $250 and is already selling like hot cakes, is available for preorder as well.
Cyberpunk 2077 prequel is on the way – in tabletop RPG board game form
Can’t wait to get your hands on Cyberpunk 2077, the hotly-anticipated sci-fi RPG from the makers of The Witcher 3? Then you’ll be happy to hear that a prequel to the game is on the way.
But, while CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 launches in April 2020 for PS4, PC and Xbox One, the prequel, Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, launches this August for a very different sort of platform: your table.
Yep, the primer for the videogame will be following on from the roots of Cyberpunk 2077’s inspiration, landing as a starter kit for the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020. If you weren’t already aware, the upcoming video game will be based on a pen-and-paper RPG from 1988.
In a wise move, the new game will be a beginner-friendly pack, giving you everything you need to get up and running with the game, and get a taste of the universe’s lore before the videogame launches.
The pack will include a full adventure scenario for brand new players, in-universe news cuttings, a set of six character templates, four maps, custom dice and a lorebook. It’ll launch on August 1 at Gen Con 2019 in Indianapolis, as well as a digital copy at DriveThruRPG.com for $29.99 (about £25 / AU$45), minus the physical goodies.
If you’re on the hunt for a physical copy of the original Cyberpunk 2020 game, you may struggle. Despite makers R. Talsorian Games pre-empting the increase in popularity following the initial Cyberpunk 2077 reveal, a 400 percent rise in popularity has seen it’s current run sell out.
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Cyberpunk 2077: Here’s the PC the Demo Was Running On
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CD Projekt Red has released the full gameplay demo for Cyberpunk 2077. Shorty after their reveal at E3, the developers revealed the technical specifications for the PC that was used to run the impressive gameplay demo. The machine is, in the most technical of terms, a beast:
- CPU: Intel i7-8700K
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming
- RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws, V 2x16GB, 300MHz, CL15
- GPU: GeForce GTX 1080TiGeForce GTX 1080Ti
- SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB M.2 PCIe
- PSU: Corsair SF600 600W
The total cost of just these components alone costs around $1,800 (on Amazon).This is a high price point, to be sure, but it’s reassuring to see that 2077 is running on actual over-the-counter hardware and not some secret next-gen supercomputer. Coupled with the fact that the game is now fully playable from beginning to end, it looks like seeing it on current-generation hardware isn’t a pipe dream after all. Of course, it may be a while until we see the fruits of CDPR’s labors – as we were told by Mike Pondsmith, creator of the original Cyberpunk tabletop game who’s helping bring 2077 to life, “Perfection takes time.”
For more on Cyberpunk 2077 check out the tiny (yet important) differences between the E3 and Gamescom demos, or how it benefits from being based on a tabletop game. For those of you looking to get a head start on building the ultimate Cyberpunk rig, here’s our advice on getting your hands on the new GeForce RTX.
Cyberpunk 2077 delayed until September as ‘there’s still work to be done’
Game developer CD Projekt RED announce the much hyped Cyberpunk 2077 release date has been moved to late 2020
The much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, which was initially slated for release in April, has been pushed back to September.
Excitement for the dark, sci-fi, first person role playing game game began back in 2013, with the release of a teaser trailer.
But in a tweet developers CD Projekt RED, whose previous works include The Witcher series, revealed the reasons for the delay, stating:
“We have important news regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release date we’d like to share with you today. Cyberpunk 2077 won’t make the April release window and we’re moving the launch date to September 17, 2020.
“We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done. Night City is massive – full of stories, content and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing and polishing. We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowing achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.
“Expect more regular update on progress as we get closer to the new release date.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing you in Night City, thank you for your ongoing support!
“Marcin Iwinski & Adam Baowski.”
An impressive 48 minute gameplay reveal video was released in August 2018, introducing us to the dangerous future metropolis of Night City.
A world obsessed with power, violence, and extensive cyber body modification. The trailer showed off the spectacular world, gun play and mechanics that will feature in the game.
At E3 2019 hype for the game reached new levels, when the Xbox E3 briefing revealed Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves was not only presenting the briefing of the game, but that he was starring in it. Reeves’s character is called Johnny Silverhand – an iconic character from the original Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop role-playing game by Mike Pondsmith, which was released in 1988.
A cinematic trailer was also presented to demonstrate not only the cutting edge graphics of the game but the rich narrative of the game.
Since then Cyberpunk 2077 has been on most gamers and gaming outlets most wanted lists, with everyone salivating over the trailers, screenshot and the impending release date.
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Most fan reactions to the news of the delay have been positive, with many agreeing that they would rather the game is in its best possible state for release rather than rushed out.
With many games developers forced to adhere to strict rushed deadline or “crunch”, sometimes leading to lacklustre or mediocre results, it’s reassuring to see some prioritise quality.
Cyberpunk 2077 stepped away from Neuromancer Netrunning
In a recent interview, Cyberpunk 2020 creator and Cyberpunk 2077 collaborator Mike Pondsmith talked about how the in-game Netrunning moved away from William Gibson’s Neuromancer, how they’re bridging the story gap, weapon realism and more.
Pondsmith stressed that he’s really excited over Netrunning, as it was a long and complicated project that went further than him and CDPR alone.
“The biggest problem with Netrunning right now, is oddly enough the Gibson-esque worldview of Netrunning, which is you go out into a vast cyberspace, you fly around and you do things”, he said.
He and CDPR took another route, with some added danger. “[A Netrunner] can’t sit back in his comfy chair with his keyboard and say ‘go to the fifth level and open the door’. No, he has to go in there. You have to be under risk”, he said.
Pondsmith says he studies computer architecture and even enlisted two friends who are computer security experts, all in order to design a more realistic system that is about “doing hacks of stuff”, rather than “flying through cyberspace”.
Cyberpunk 2077 may be in a different medium from its tabletop counterpart, but the two are very much tied together in terms of story. CDPR and Pondsmith made it a point to achieve continuity between Cyberpunk Red and the video game’s universe.
CDPR had a bit of trouble nailing the style of weapons and Pondsmith is delighted with how they worked it out in the end, as it was back and forth all the time.
“They went out and built a wall of real-world guns, which is awesome I’d like to point out, and they had begun to see why the guns in our game work, because they’re built in a real-world context, not a science fiction context. You know almost everything we do, we do really solid research on and make sure it works. So what that got us was the guns we’re seeing now”, he said.
In one of the funnier, albeit quite spot on, takes on artistic collaboration, Pondsmith said, “It’s not like I handed the baby to them and said I’ll never see it again. It was more like, okay well you babysit the baby for a while and then I babysit the baby and we, you know, trade back and forth. And if I catch him smoking it’s your fault.”
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Wishing Well For Cyberpunk 2077
Of all the games shown at E3 this year, the one I want most to succeed is Cyberpunk 2077 . Based on R. Talsorian’s seminal tabletop RPG, this adaptation looks to be a faithful one not just for the aesthetics but also for certain classic game design decisions that “Maximum” Mike Pondsmith made a hallmark of R. Talsorian RPGs (e.g. a Lifepath system for backgrounds).
Why? First, because he’s an old-school RPG designer who really ought to get far more recognition for what he’s done. Second, because he’s an old-school weeb–we’re talking “trading tapes in the ’80s” old–whose other two well-known games are both weebfests: Mekton (for mecha weebs) and Teenagers From Outer Space (for romcoms). If any Westerner has a chance of getting their original weeb-loving stuff before a Japanese audience, it’s him.
While you don’t see the influence so obviously in Cyberpunk , it’s there due to the game acknowledging and allowing for recreating the seminal Japanese works in that genre: Appleseed , Bubblegum Crisis , Ghost in the Shell , A.D. Police , and more. If CP2077 hits hard enough, and I think it will, then the door opens for a Mekton game and that will likely involve CD Projekt Red collaborating with some Japanese folks to bring Mike’s setting of Algol to live for that aforementioned game.
And that means there’s a path for others–like me–to bring our own love letters to the land that inspired them, in the hopes of finding an audience appreciative of them. If Mike can make Mekton happen, and especially so if it succeeds, then that means there’s a way for my fellow #AGundam4Us authors and I go also go East and get our stuff out there.
And maybe some truly talented folks like our Queen of E3, Ikumi Nakamura, will work their magic in bring our work to life.