Cyberpunk 2077: the Badlands, Braindance, and Ripperdocs shown during Night City Wire

By Heidi Nicholas,
CD Projekt Red has now shared its Night City Wire digital event for Cyberpunk 2077, with a new trailer, gameplay footage, and dev discussion.


Night City Wire took place on CDPR's Twitch channel. The trailer above was shown first, and according to UK head of communications Hollie Bennett and lead quest designer Pawel Sasko, it only shows content from the prologue. You meet Jackie and set out to find the chip of immortality, being introduced to "fixer" Dexter DeShawn on the way: a "very important person in the social ladder" of the game, who'll direct you to quests, jobs, and contracts, from which you'll get the money needed to modify your character and so on.

The trailer was followed by a quick discussion highlighting points of interest: the "7th district" of the game, the Badlands, which is a "dead, dried-out space" surrounding Night City. You'll be able to drive across it and explore, and will come across the Nomads inhabiting it. We also saw Adam Smasher, a "fully converted cyborg" loyal to the Arasaka Corp, first introduced in Cyberpunk 2020. We were also shown about Ripperdocs: a sort of surgeon character which you can interact with to "update" and "enhance" your character, replacing limbs with metal and so on. The Mox gang, who were founded in 2076 and who think of themselves as "those who protect working girls and guys" form harm, were also highlighted. Sasko says you'll interact with this gang quite a lot. The stream also served as an announcement of a new anime show set in the Cyberpunk universe: Cyberpunk Edgerunners, coming to Netflix in 2022.

We next got an in-depth look at Braindance: a feature in the game which involves "recording a person's experiences and then playing them back for someone else, so they could relive them as though it was happening to them." Senior quest designer Patrick Mills says in Cyberpunk lore, Braindance was used for things like therapy and prison rehabilitation, before becoming a "global media industry". As the stream showed, players will have a huge amount of control over the experience; pausing it, rewinding or speeding up, and using it to look around to see and investigate things missed by the person themselves. In the game, it will lead you to "different mysteries" and function as a "keyhole" into the lives of the people in the city.

Night City Wire has provided a huge deep-dive into Cyberpunk 2077, which will launch on November 19th. What do you think of everything shown? Let us know in the comments below!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've been a staff writer for TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies since 2019. I love open-worlders, RPGs, and fantasy games, am obsessed with tea, and forever loyal to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead 2.