Still dreaming of that Witcher/Cyberpunk 2077 crossover

Oh sure now CD Projekt Red are blabbing about Cyberpunk 2077 all over, blasting that rad trailer and showing a behind-closed-doors demo full of drugs, guns, and bums, but for a long time we clung to scraps. One of the more interesting was a story in The Witcher 3 from our magical daughter figure Ciri, which sounded like a nod to Cyberpunk. On her journey across time and space, Ciri told Geralt, she visited a city with “houses of glass”, people “with metal in their heads”, horses replaced with flying ships, and such. Geralt was not convinced. Don’t remember? Here, “Tolkfan” on YouTube has cut Ciri’s story in with Cyberpunk trailerbits and it’s all quite nice.

Ciri has seemingly visited our Earth before in the Witcher books, including in the time of the Black Death after the industrial revolution. Seems CD Projekt just gave the stories a little nudge to fit Cyberpunk.

This was also neatly imagined in a pretty painting by Martyna Zych.

I don’t know or care if Ciri actually did visit Night City, not really (canon is for jerks), but it’s a fun little teaser to remember. Ah, and I’m just happy to see Geralt and Ciri again, together. Bless ’em.

That said, Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the Cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game, did tell us in 2017 that he hoped they might give Geralt a nod in the game.

“I think Geralt is a little bit cyberpunk and I hope we can sneak something in 2077 that relates to him without the fans immediately catching on,” Pondsmith said. “He does what he needs to do, he doesn’t necessarily get any joy out of it – he just makes sure that what needs to go down does go down. It’s a combination of fatalism and romanticism. That’s cyberpunk.”

For more on Cyberpunk 2077, do check out our Brendy’s preview and interview.

14 Comments

  1. Dorga says:

    I checked the tag for the game out of curiosity and it made me realize this was really announced 6 years ago, hot on the second Witcher’s tail. Brought back some memories.

  2. Chaoslord AJ says:

    I’m sure we’ll see at least one Ciri-related quest, love it.

  3. modzero says:

    One thing is, while Cyberpunk feels quite in-universe for Witcher’s multiverse, the opposite doesn’t really hold all that well. What I mean by that, while Witcher clearly has references to worlds without “active” magic, CP doesn’t, to my knowledge, have references to a multiverse. Not I’d be picky about it, give me Ciri, but it would be a _bit_ jarring.

    OTOH, if it was Shadowrun, it would work _perfectly_.

    • Tommando says:

      It might not be too out of place if Cyberpunk is extrapolated from our own real world and we have theories about a multiverse in our real world science. Simulated worlds are also common in cyberpunk settings so perhaps they could suggest the existence of other realities as computer simulations.

      • Excors says:

        Perhaps one of the characters in Cyberpunk could theorise that their own world is in fact a simulation, constructed by some sort of aliens who derive entertainment from the simulated suffering of the Cyberpunk people. And of course their appetite for suffering is endless, so there would doubtless be other simulated worlds full of a whole variety of misery. In that case they wouldn’t be surprised to see people transplanted between worlds to satisfy the incomprehensible desires of their creators.

      • modzero says:

        But adding accessible multiverses has immediate consequences. That’s pretty much the lore of Witcher – the magic, the wild hunt, those are consequences of a universe becoming accessible. Ciri is implied to have travelled particularly far, because she’s a result of a literal genetics research program. As it happens, CP2077 is far better equipped to conduct genetics research (for a take on what would happen if a modern state would get access to results of ancient blundering into biological world travel, see Merchant Princes).

        So, if multiverse was a thing in CP2077, it would be a bit weird to have it as something that only happened once. But, if you give CP2077 access to places with proper magic, congratulations, you’re Shadowrun now. I mean, there’s even the conjunction.

    • automatic says:

      It doesn’t need to be fantasy related. She may appear as just a girl tripping on some futuristic hallucinogen. I haven’t played The Witcher and don’t know how she travels between worlds, but in the reality of Cyberpunk all that happens to her on The Witcher world may be just an illusion. Can’t be more dystopic than that.

    • Jernau Gurgeh says:

      The world of Cyberpunk 2077 is reality, and Ciri is a person there plugged into a BetterThanLife matrix machine taking part in a simulated experience called ‘The Witcher 3’ , where in-game protocols don’t allow her to explicitly reveal to the NPCs the nature of their world.

      And we are all just NPCs in a simulation of Earth, looking at a game called Cyberpunk 2077, created by other NPCs trying to break those protocols and inform us of the virtual nature of our world, by mirroring the real world of Cyberpunk 2077.

      Or something.

  4. Jernau Gurgeh says:

    The world of Cyberpunk 2077 is reality, and Ciri is a person there plugged into a BetterThanLife matrix machine taking part in a simulated experience called ‘The Witcher 3’ , where in-game protocols don’t allow her to explicitly reveal to the NPCs the nature of their world.

    And we are all just NPCs in a simulation of Earth, looking at a game called Cyberpunk 2077, created by other NPCs trying to break those protocols and inform us of the virtual nature of our world, by mirroring the real world of Cyberpunk 2077.

    Or something.

  5. mymorningcoffee says:

    “canon is for jerks”

    Alice, should I schedule a time for a high five, or do you accept walk-ins?

  6. Cloak says:

    The Witcher is overrated garbage, Cyberpunk looks like garbage. Why do you dream of trash?

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