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Cyberbang 2069 is a fan-made Cyberpunk visual novel

Cyberbang 2069 certainly is a name, especially when it’s a direct reference to the latest game from CD Projekt RED, Cyberpunk 2077. You may even be forgiven for thinking that this is some sort of parody, but no, Triple Thirst (the developers of the fan game) are deadly serious in offering you an experience where you can bang Johnny Silverhand.

Of course, it isn’t just Johnny that players can get closer to. Other romance options include Sandayu Oda, a cyber ninja who players can choose to kill or spare in the original game; Goro Takemura, an ally and friend of V’s who also worked for the Arasaka family in the past; and Vik, a ripperdoc friend of V’s who upgrades their implants.

You may be wondering if this game is even legal, but as explained in an interview with TheGamer, the developers of Cyberbang 2069 actively reached out to CD Projekt RED about their project to see if they would be given permission to create the game. A smart move considering you can effectively bang Keanu Reeves, a real-life person who to his own credit, finds the whole concept of him being modded into sex scenes in Cyberpunk 2077 to be amusing.

The answer to that question is yes, CD Projekt RED is surprisingly okay with Cyberbang 2069 being a thing. As the developers of Triple Thirst tell TheGamer, the reason for this is, effectively, because the terms and service from the studio are pretty nice. “We read their terms of service and for fan art it’s really gracious. You can make money off your fan art, you just can’t lock it behind a paywall.” Though the terms and service did also state that fans would not be able to make a fan-game based on Cyberpunk 2077. However, the team wondered if their game being a visual novel would change anything.

As for the game itself, it currently is in its demo stage – with each individual romance option having their own demo section. Nonetheless, Triple Thirst hopes to finish the game in the summer of this year.

There is also hope – though nothing has been promised by the team – that there will be more characters from the Cyberpunk 2077 universe included, such as standouts like Claire, Blue Moon, Jackie, etc – all characters that spoke to a lot of players. Whether these options will be included isn’t guaranteed, but it’s exciting to think about.

More importantly, it looks as though the game offers players the chance to customize V in a way that’s far more inclusive than the character creator in Cyberpunk 2077. “We tailored the experience to have a lot of customization. So you can be a female, be a male, and you can be transgender, you can have different skin tones, just so people can really feel like it’s their V, their experience,” Triple Thirst told TheGamer.

Cyberbang 2069 is available (demo only) on itch.io.

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