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Cyberpunk 2077 is doing a reverse Final Fantasy XV and I am so here for it

Universe appeal

As I sat down to watch the Cyberpunk 2077 Night City stream yesterday evening, the last thing I expected was the announcement of a brand-new Cyberpunk anime series from the studio behind Japanese mega hit Kill La Kill. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners isn't due to air on Netflix until 2022, admittedly, but it instantly reminded me of Square Enix's game-based anime series Final Fantasy XV: Brotherhood, which set up the backstory of Noctis and his (now literally) anime boy band pals before the events of the game.

It was an ambitious project, that whole Final Fantasy XV Universe nonsense, and there's still a part of me that can't quite believe that Square Enix managed to get away with it all. I mean, what other game has tried stuffing so many of its critical plot lines into a hundred different bits of media before its actual release since? Zero. CD Projekt Red, on the other hand, might have finally cracked this whole 'wider universe' thing, and I really, really hope they actually manage to pull it off.

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