It may be time for cyberpunk to evolve or die.

These examples not only serve as evidence of the genre’s endurance, but of how remarkably static its vision of the future has remained.

It would be unfair to judge Cyberpunk 2077 before the game is out, but its trailer exemplifies this loss. Hacking: check. Cybernetic enhancements: check. Street crime: check. Punk fashion: check. Urban sprawl: check. These are all just cool cyberpunk symbols, rather than allegorical systems that need to be challenged


Adam Procter @adamprocter