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Liberated is a cyberpunk noir that takes place within the pages of a digital comic book – PC Gamer

Liberated is a neo-noir action-adventure set in a world where the government has started to act like Big Brother.The setting is inspired by surveillance technologies that are being used in the world right now, and the game merges sidescrolling action with the structure of a digital comic book to tell its story.

Of course, not everyone is particularly happy with living in a surveillance state, and a group of rebels who call themselves the Liberated have risen up in objection to the use of technology controlling the population. This group of freedom fighters might sound like the protagonists, but the group has radicalised, and will go to bloody lengths to get what they want.

Liberated explores both sides of the conflict through four characters, each with their own sense of justice. The story has echoes of Watchmen in that there are no heroes, only flawed people who will aggressively fight for what they believe in. The art style is stark, punchy and moves seamlessly between the 2D comic story panels and the 3D action sequences. From playing the demo, you can just feel the love for the comic genre in every panel of the game.

"To be bold, what we're hoping to achieve with Liberated is a create the comic book 2.0," Atomic Wolf's communication manager Konrad Wakuski says. "I would even say Liberated is sort of our proof of concept or something that we want to call the playable graphic novel. Our goal is to make up for that loss of physicality with interactivity, animation and sound to create an immersive experience that you can only do digitally. But still keeping the charm and the coolness of the traditional paper comics the art form itself."

What we're hoping to achieve with Liberated is a create the comic book 2.0.

After playing Liberated's free demo, I can certainly vouch for its coolness. Each chapter begins with the opening of a comic book, you click through the animated panels and then enter into a side-scrolling action scene. Atomic Wolf says that these sequences will be a mix of stealth, platforming and puzzles.

The gunfights in particular leave a lasting impression. As you unleash a torrent of shots, bullets zip across the panel and land with a satisfying comic book 'AARGH!' when you hit an enemy. Everything is in deep shades of black and grey with flashes of white and when you get hit by an enemy the edges of the comic book slowly become splattered in crimson blood.

"We wanted to create a simulation of reading a comic in the digital space," Wakuski says. "And in terms of that, there is a lot of detail that actually comes into play. One is how your eyes would normally move across the comic book pages, like how you see it as a whole first, and then use zoom in on each panel, taking your time with each individual image and then creating context from the surrounding panels. There isn't a loading screen, there is no nothing forcing you to move forward, the reader sets the pace and we wanted to recreate that."

To emulate this, Liberated lets you click through panels at your own leisurely pace. During action sequences your can stand still to recover health, which gives you time to stop and appreciate the environment you're in. Wakuski tells me that it's vital to get this sense of pacing right to do the comic book form justice.

"Whether an action scene plays out fast, or it plays out in slow motion, the flow of time depends entirely on you," he says. "It's dependant on how fast you read and how long you linger on each individual panel. So the importance of letting you do that was a crucial part of designing the comics part of the game itself. Then during the video game sections of the game, that dynamic changes."

It's cool to see that Atomic Wolf hasn't only been inspired by the art style of comic books, but the entire medium as a whole. The team have thought about the intricacies of how a reader interacts with the pages of a comic and have cleverly brought them into the game.

If you missed the demo, Liberated is due out sometime later this year so you won't have to wait too long to play it.

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PS5: 5 Games we’re playing on the PlayStation 5 God of War 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Horizon Zero Dawn 2 & more – RealSport – RealSport

The PS5 is releasing later this year, and with it will come a whole roster of incredible games!

With the PS5 set to release later this year, we are beyond excited to get our hands on some of the new titles that are expected to come with next-gen.

With the upgrades in both software and hardware, there is likely to be some outstanding graphics weve never been able to experience before on a console.

Not only are there games set to release on all platforms, but Sony has some hidden gems up their sleeve just for the PlayStation 5.

Continue below to read more on our top picks for the PlayStations 5, as well as an honourable mention!

The first Horizon Zero Dawn released over 3 years ago, leaving fans desperate for more cyber-hunting action!

HZD2 is set to be a PlayStation exclusive, so any Xbox fans will have to wait for a possible, but unlikely, Xbox release.

The new PS5 will allow the developers to create an even more in-depth world. With better hardware, the game will look and feel more realistic.

READ MORE: Horizon Zero Dawn 2: Release date, platforms, trailer, characters, enemies, gameplay, news & everything you need to know

The PS5 is also using an SSD instead of a hard drive, meaning games will load much faster. With HZD, this will create a much more fluid and natural experience.

The God of War series is notorious for its elaborate storytelling and overabundance of badass fight scenes.

The reboot continued with this formulae and gave us one of the greatest games of all time.

We follow Kratos through the new Norse mythology realm, where he journeys to deliver his wifes ashes to the highest point in all the realms.

READ MORE: God of War 2: Sequel to Santa Monica Studios Fourth GoW game teased by Developer!

At the end, we get a sneak peek into the next game with Thor coming to get revenge on Kratos for the deaths of his extended family.

We cant wait to get our hands on the next chapter of Kratos journey, with more Gods, Monsters and epic moments to experience!

The next Call of Duty is set to release in the Autumn of 2020. This means it is likely to come out before the release of the next console.

This will mean the game will release on both the PS4 and the upcoming PS5.

From the current information we have, we know the next COD will be set in the Cold War and will continue the Boots-on-the-ground feel that the series has been following for the last few years.

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The story will continue on from the first Black Ops games, with possible original characters such as Mason and Reznov.

Although the current COD game, Modern Warfare, has amazing graphics, we can expect the new title to look even better.

Cyberpunk has found itself delayed from April to September 2020. This is unfortunate, as this means it will release just before the next-gen consoles are available.

CD Projekt Red had no plans to release the game on the PS5, but due to this delay, they are now considering a next-gen release given the circumstances.

From what weve seen, the graphics look stunning! With its ultra-realistic lighting and immersive story, Cyberpunk is at the top of everyones watchlist.

READ MORE: Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date: Trailer, Gameplay, Pre-order Bundles, Weapons, Leaked Map, Characters, PS5, Xbox Series X & everything else you need to know

Fans of The Witcher and other RPG games are hyped for Cyberpunks release, but we have a little way to go yet. Click here to read more about our coverage of Cyberpunk.

Set in Feudal Japan, Ghost of Tsushima takes an eastern spin on your standard RPG.

The combat and swordplay look amazing. It seems gritty and realistic allowing the player to pull off combos and deadly executions.

The story is in-depth and presented with beautiful cinematics and dialogue. Alongside a genuine Japanese score, it seems Ghost of Tsushima will be an extremely immersive experience.

READ MORE: PlayStation 5 Specs: PS5 is a huge step above PS4, but might be behind Xbox Series X

Since its reveal at E3 2018, weve been on the edge of our seat to get a better look at the core mechanics of the game, as well as more story details.

GOS is set to release on PS4 on the 26th June 2020, meaning well see a re-release of the game on PS5 later down the line.

Elder Scrolls VI was teased at E3 2018. Its reveal trailer simply showing the name and logo as well as some scenery.

With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim become one of the biggest games of all time, there are high hopes for the next big Elder Scrolls game.

With Bethesda able to take advantage of the new system, we hope to see a much larger world to explore, as well as better graphics.

READ MORE: Elder Scrolls 6 Location: Leaked internal memo may have just revealed the location of the next instalment

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Killing Floor 2 goes Cyberpunk in its Neon Nightmares update – Blast Away the Game Review

Continuing to the teams dedication to their fans and launching free and consistent content updates for Killing Floor 2, Tripwire Interactive has officially launched their Neon Nightmares update for Killing Floor 2, bringing new weapons, maps, and a lot more chaotic fun.

When it comes toKilling Floor 2, Tripwire Interactive continues to surprise with their dedication to the game, which is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles alongside the games Steam version for PC users. The latest update brings in a neon-fulled nightmare as players will fight against the zed hordes in the new map titled Biolapse.

The new map is available in both survival and weekly game modes, allowing players to explore multiple levels in an abandoned Horzine laboratory where survivors can use layouts and traps to give the zeds all sorts of trouble. While using the maps layout and traps to their advantage, survivors can also enjoy two new weapons including the HRG Incendiary Rifle as the Firebug, which is a modified M16 M2013 Assault Rife equipped with an incendiary grenade launcher.

As a paid option, players can also use the Compound Bow in order to take out zeds, allowing them to use two different arrow types including Sharp and Cryo arrows to bleed zombies to death or freeze them and cause them to take substantial damage when melee attacked.

Not bad for those looking to enjoy even more free content for the game! Meanwhile, you can check out our review for the initial launch of Killing Floor 2 today.

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10 Cyberpunk Sci-Fi Books Too Twisted To Be Made Into Films – Screen Rant

Fans of the cyberpunk genre, with its dystopian futures, cybernetic implants, and virtual worlds have been treated to a number of winning contributions lately. Altered Carbonhas returned for another season on Netflix, Westworldcontinues to be successful on HBO, and Neal Stephenson'sSnow Crashis set to be developed by Amazon Prime. Early cyberpunk can trace its roots to sci-fiin the '50s, but the true archetypes of the genre saw a meteoric rise in the '80s, with film adaptations of Philip K. Dick's book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" intoBlade Runner,and later William Gibson's short story "Johnny Mnemonic" into a film starring Keanu Reeves in the '90s.

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Even now, as fans look forward to anotherMatrixfilm, from a trilogythattook inspiration from the best cyberpunk stories, there are some tales that may be too "out there" to ever bemade into movies. Some are simply too cerebral, too complex, and too bogged down by techno-babble, while others are too graphically violent and sexual. Here are10 Cyberpunk Sci-Fi Books too twisted to be made into films.

The first of a trilogy by Peter Watts,Starfishfocuses on a deep trench mining facility below the Pacific, which extracts energy from shifting tectonic plates that civilization needs to function in the dystopian world above. Only a certain sort of person can be a part of the Rifter project - the kind that faila psych evaluation.

Readers become acquainted with murderers, psychopaths, andthe like as they become surgically altered with technological enhancements to live on the ocean floor (think The Abyss), and Watts manages to make certain members of their ilk sympathetic. The novel is still difficult to stomach, due to its unfathomably sinister characters in its claustrophobic setting.

In the futuristic world Jeff Somers has created forThe Electric Church,anyone can live forever as long as they're willing to die first. Their consciousness gets transported to cybernetic bodies, where they live as "monks" of the Electric Church, the latest religion to hit the System of Federated Nations.

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There's something eerie about the eternally serene monks, but they're capable of violence all the same, willing to stop at nothing to protect the leader of the Electric Church. A contract killer named Avery Cates makes a deal with the System Cops to take out the leader or get on the bad side of the law.

At the center ofVurt,the kaleidoscopic cyberpunk novel by Jeff Noon is a psychedelic drug, which when used transports people to an alternate dimension -- another reality, if not another state of mind. Each "vurt" has a corresponding color; blue for entrancing dreams, black for illegal pleasure and pain, and pink for absolute bliss.

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When Scribble's sister Desdemona takes a yellow "metavurt," she goes to a place few have ever experienced and becomes trapped at the edges of her own consciousness. Scribble has to seek out a means to bring her back to reality, stay ahead of shadowcops, and remain immune to the siren song of the metavurt himself.

Neal Stephenson's critically acclaimed '90s cyberpunk novelSnow Crashis currently heading to Amazon Prime with a serialized adaptation, which will probably turn out to be the lovechild ofAltered CarbonandStargate.But what about Stephenson's second book, The Diamond Age,which deals with a society taken over by nanotechnology?

The nanotechnology caused the implosion of socio-economic and political infrastructure, to the point where humans cluster in "phyles" of like-minded individuals. A young girl of the "Neo-Victorian" phyle takes up the bulk of the novel, which is 500 pages, and just when a reader thinks they're following her story-within-a-story, there's a swerve towards a Chinese revolution,some violent assault, and a Mouse Army.

In Gareth L Powell's version of reality, the United Kingdom and France joined in the '50s to make Brittany, the setting for a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game featuring a popular macaque - an intelligent monkey WWII dogfighter who is the star. The immersive videogame reality aside, the story is difficult to adapt for several reasons.

While the main protagonist is ex-journalist Victoria Valois, her storyline runs parallel to the heir of Brittany's route as a fugitive for breaking into a research lab in Paris. It takes the entire novel to figure out what the role of the ubiquitous macaque is, and by that time, it resembles the Simpsons' episodeHail to the Chimp.

Somewhere between current reality and Star Trek, Peter Watts setEchopraxia,a novel exploring similar concepts to hisRifterTrilogy -mainly what sort of biological and technological ramifications the world could encounter given current progress in those areas.

In this book, a sequel toBlindsight,the dead can transmit messages from Heaven back to their relatives, there are genetically engineered vampires, and combat veterans that have literal switches to turn off their humanity during wartime. As fascinating as Watts' future world is, its central premise that consciousness is an evolutionary dead-end might turn off film fans.

Rudy Rucker borrowed a bit fromBlade Runnerand a bit fromWestworldto createThe Ware Tetralogy,with the first bookSoftwaresetting up the protagonist, software engineer ("pheezer") Cobb Anderson who was the first person to create robots/androids with real brains. When readers meet him, he's retired in Florida, while his robots ("bops") have flourished.

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Eventually, his creations rebel against their human overlords, leaving Earth behind to set up their own colony on the moon. They extend an invite to their creator, offering him not only a place in their lunar society, but the chance at immortality. All they want in return is his body and his soul... and possibly Earth.

Haruki Murakami's mesmerizingHard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the Worldhas been touted as early cyberpunk by fans of the genre, but the complexity of its plot requires only the most determined to commit since it tells two stories over alternating chapters that eventually intertwine at the conclusion.

In the first story, a data processor who can use both hemispheres of his brain simultaneously is recruited by a top-secret federal project to assist a mad scientist, one who has removed all sound from the world. In the second, a man arrives at a mysterious village to have his eyes surgically altered to read the dreams contained in unicorn skulls.

There's something eerie about viewing theHouse of Mouse as exactly the sort of megacorp that would show up in a dystopian future, with the company nearly replacing the federal government. But Cory Doctorow'sDown and out in the Magic Kingdomtakes it a step further by introducing murder and mayhem tothe magical world of Disney.

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The protagonist is named Julius, and he thrives in a post-scarcity world where much like in Star Trek, his every need is met, but something is rotten in the Magic Kingdom.While working at Disney World repairing attractions when most of humanity is interested in VR, he falls into the crosshairs of assassins, and has to figure out how to stop dying repeatedly.

Like other authors of cyberpunk, Daniel Suarez began his professional life in software technology and uses it to great effect inDaemon,about a dying programmer who sends out an autonomous "demon" program to unleash a virus (so named after the "mailer daemon" that once bounced back emails).

As the program rampages, it begins to kill people, until finally, it has created its own dark web where its supporters can congregate. These supporters use this shadowy section of cyberspace to coordinate their attacks, resulting in society's complete downfall and the rise of a New World Order.

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Cyberpunk, Final Fantasy 7 or Last of Us 2: What is the BIGGEST game of the year? – Express

A few weeks ago a fight broke out in the office. Voices were raised, fingers were pointed and feelings were hurt, as we argued which of Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us Part 2 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake was the biggest game of 2020.

The answer of course is Cyberpunk 2077, a game so impressive that most people were positive it was being developed for next-gen consoles like the PS5 and Xbox X.

Another colleague is convinced that The Last of Us Part 2 is the biggest game of the year, to the point of incredulity that it's even up for debate.

Then there are the Final Fantasy 7 fans who have waited so long for a remake that there's no way anything else could possibly measure up.

There's no denying that all three games have their merits, and that Coronvirus not withstanding, 2020 is going to be a banner year for gaming.

But in order to settle the argument once and for all, Express Online has decided to hand things over to you, the readers.

Which is the highest-profile game of 2020, the main event, the title you're looking forward to most?

Is it CD Projekt's futuristic RPG Cyberpunk 2077? Is it Naughty Dog's Last of Us sequel? Or is the return of Square Enix's magnum opus an event without equal? Let us know by taking the poll below.

With an April 10 release date, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be the first of the three blockbuster games to launch.

With Final Fantasy 7 Remake's release date just over a month away, fans can get a taste for the action by playing the recently released PS4 demo.

Available as a free PS4 download, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo drops players into the early stages of the game.

"The new demo features a lengthy segment from the very beginning of the game: the iconic bombing mission against the Shinra Electric Power Company, and the subsequent escape," reads a PlayStation Blog post.

"Youll control two of the games cast spiky-haired ex-SOLDIER Cloud Strife, and the ballistically-limbed Barret Wallace and enact a dangerous plan to infiltrate and destroy Mako Reactor 1."

Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be followed by PS4 exclusive The Last of Us 2 on May 29.

The Last of Us Part 2 sees a 19-year-old Ellie embark on what Sony describes as a "brutal journey of retribution".

While very little has been seen of the game in action, The Last of Us 2 is said to feature broader and more complex environments for players to explore.

As for Cyberpunk 2077, the ambitious open-world game was recently given a September 17 release date on PS4 and Xbox One.

Set in the futuristic location of Night City, players control a mercenary named V.

"You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality," reads the official description.

"You can customise your characters cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you."

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The best series of genre Cyberpunk, Drama and Action Adventure that is Altered Carbon has been released. – Insta Chronicles

The popular Netflix show Altered Carbon season two was released in February 2020. The series has explored a cyberpunk humans society where rich people are immortal. Its been made possible thanks to alien technology. People had loved the primary season and had been talking and speculating various theories about it. This season kept fans expecting two long years, and it had been inevitable that it might draw comparisons and plenty of dissection. Today, we shall dissect ten such things within the second season that made no sense in the least.

Season Two begins 30 years after the epic conclusion of Season One and finds Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), the lone surviving soldier of a gaggle of elite interstellar warriors, continuing his centuries-old quest to seek out his lost love Quellcrist Falconer (Rene Elise Goldsberry). After decades of planet-hopping and searching the galaxy, Kovacs is sent back to his home of Harlans World with the duty to find Quell. Haunted by his past and liable for investigating a series of brutal murders, Kovacs is stunned to get his new mission to unravel the crime, and his pursuit of seeking out Quell is one and, therefore, the same. With the help and assistance of the loyal A.I. Poe (Chris Conner), Kovacs will now get associated with new friends and supporters to destroy his enemies and find the truth about who is Quellcrist Falconer?

At the start of season 2, the war has not been won, but probably delayed because the basic causes are still there around. The online television series, Laeta Kalogridis, created it and was supported by the novel of an equivalent title in 2002 by English author Richard K. Morgan. The first season is released on Groundhog Day,2018, with 10 episodes and second season with February 27, 2018, with 8 episodes. The third season was getting to release on Saint Joseph,2020, but as per the sources, its been resleeved. Its one the simplest cyberpunk, drama, and action-adventure.

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Happy Birthday William Gibson: Interesting facts about the pioneer of cyberpunk in fiction – Hindustan Times

The man who coined the term cyberspace in the 1982 short story Burning Chrome, William Ford Gibson was born on March 17, 1948. Widely credited with pioneering the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk, Gibson began his career as a writer in the late 1970s, thematically, focusing on effects of cybernetics, technology and computer networks on human lives.

His futuristic debut novel Neuromancer, which was published in 1984, follows a washed-up computer hacker, Henry Case, who is hired for a job, which pits him against a powerful AI. Neuromancer was the first novel to be put under the genre of cyberpunk fiction, going on to becoming the first novel to win Nebula Award, Philip K Dick Award and Hugo Award.

Neuromancer was the beginning of a trilogy, which came to be known as the famed dystopic Sprawl series. After having lost his father early in life, the author and his mother would move to Wytheville. However, Gibsons mum too passed when he was 18.

Gibson never graduated, and instead immersed himself in counterculture as he travelled between California and Europe. As a youngster, the author consciously rejected religion and instead took refuge in science fiction as well as authors as Burroughs and Henry Miller. In 1967 the author elected to move to Canada in order to avoid being drafted to the Vietnam War.

Before becoming an author, Gibson worked as a teaching assistant for three years on a film history course. During this time, Gibson met punk musician and author John Shirley and they became lifelong friends. It was Shirley who persuaded the author to publish his early short stories and take writing as a serious career option.

Gibson was subsequently introduced to Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner through Shirley, and in 1982, after a week in Austin, Texas, the four along with Rudy Rucker would go on to form the core of the radical cyberpunk literary movement.

Gibsons early short stories focus on cybernetics and cyberspace on human lives and their thematic intermingling, going to develop into a bleak film noir feel in 1981.

Reports say that after watching the 1982 cyberpunk film Blade Runner, Gibson, who had already written two-thirds of his debut novel Neuromancer, he re-wrote two-thirds of the book twelve times, fearing it would be a failure.

However, on its publication, Neuromancer quickly became an underground hit, going on to win a triple crowns in science fiction.

It was Gibsons novels Pattern Recognition (2003), Spook Country (2007) and Zero History (2010) which put him into mainstream bestseller lists.

The author, who is credited with renovating science fiction, at a time when the genre was considered to be widely insignificant, has gone on to publish the 2014 novel The Peripheral, followed by Archangel in 2017. He last published Agency, which was a sequel to The Peripheral, which was released on January, 2020.

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‘Altered Carbon: Resleeved’ Review: Breezy, bloody and raunchy, the anime is a visual treat for cyberpunk fans – MEAWW

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Season 2 of 'Altered Carbon' wasn't the last we saw of the dystopian cyberpunk drama. Three weeks after the release of the Anthony Mackie-starrer, comes an animated version helmed by 'Cowboy Bebop' writer, writer Dai Sato.

It also makes sense to bring in a more Samurai version of the series as the plot is set in the events between season 1 and 2 and deals with the introduction of Tanaseda Hideki (Played by James Saito in the series, and voiced by Kenji Yamauchi in the anime).

'Reseleeved' encompasses all the elements from the live-action series the generous splattering of blood, the explosive action, raunchy sex and cutting edge-tech. The 90-minute film also makes an attempt to join the storylines from Season 1 and the ending might either spawn a sequel for another animated series.

The plotline is simple: Takeshi Kovacs is given another state-of-the-art combat sleeve and is tasked with protecting a teen Yakuza tattoo artist from CTAC and some really badass ninjas.

Deception has always been one of the elements behind Altered Carbon's success and when Kovacs takes the mission, he realizes there is more to the reason behind the tattoo artist, Holly Togram (voiced by Ayaka Asai) who's hunted by two parties.

In Gena, a CTAC soldier, Kovacs finds an able ally as the duo face-off against a horde of enhanced ninjas to save the girl. Multiple storylines come into play with Gena having her own past as a storyline.

Her story will be a revelation and raises some serious questions about some of the recurring characters in season 2 of the live-action series while Hideki is shown to be one of Kovacs mentors after the supposed death of Quellcrist Falconer.

'Resleeved' may not have the wry humor or the rage-filled broody character of Mackie's Kovacs, but its version of the lead character is heavily modeled on Kinnaman. Be it the insanely jacked physique that clearly defines the hard-worn string musculature or the swagger, it gives an honest shot in showing Kinnaman as an anime character.

Chris Conner's Poe was a revelation. The AI was instrumental in both seasons and in the anime, we get to see Ogai (voiced by Jouji Nakata) who is the owner of the hotel, The Wild Geese. Again, another attempt where we see a Japanese version of Poe who's got some top-notch weaponry as part of the hotel's defense systems.

As far as the antagonists go, the film really keeps things tight and simple making 'Resleeved' a predictable affair. But, it does make up for the mainstream plot with some blitzkrieg action. The fight sequences bring in the feeling of being an active part of an FPS game and almost every ten minutes sees an action sequence.

'Altered Carbon' was ranked highly on Rotten Tomatoes and while the second season did see a dip in the audience score, the animated version promises to win back some fans who were disappointed with the second installment. 'Reserved' is breezy, bloody and aggressive.

Cyberpunk fans can pretty much give this a whirl for the visual treat it is.'Altered Carbon: Resleeved' is available for streaming on Netflix.

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Xbox Series X Could Offer The Definitive Version Of Cyberpunk 2077, And Here’s Why – Pure Xbox

Our friends over at Eurogamer's Digital Foundry have just delivered a massive helping of Xbox Series X specifications and info, and one of the most exciting pieces of news relates to how the console will handle games produced for older Xbox systems.

We already knew that Microsoft was aiming for full backwards compatibility with all Xbox software, but what Digital Foundry has seen takes things to an entirely new level. Xbox One games, for example, won't run in emulation and will benefit from the full processing power of the Series X; that means your existing games will get a boost in terms of resolution and frame rate. During its time at Microsoft's HQ, Digital Foundry saw Gears of War: Ultimate Edition running at 4K resolution, and came away very impressed indeed.

Microsoft's objective is to apply these enhancements as well as 'auto HDR' to all Xbox titles across the ages which is a show-stopping feature, if you ask us. The other good news? This process is handled by Microsoft's backwards compatibility team, so the developer of the original game doesn't have to lift a finger.

Peggy Lo, compatibility program lead, had this to say:

Hopefully you realise that we are still quite passionate about this. It's a very personal project for a lot of us and we are committed to keep doing this and making all your games look best on Series X.

While the notion of seeing your favourite classic Xbox games running in higher resolutions and with silky-smooth frame rates is enticing enough, it's worth returning to the fact that more recent games are going to really benefit from Series X's raw power. Digital Foundry was shown an updated version of Gears 5 produced in two weeks which featured 60FPS cutscenes, improved contact shadows and ray traced screen-space global illumination.

Coalition technical director Mike Raynor was keen to stress that more optimisation will follow, and that existing Xbox One owners won't have to fork out money for a 'remastered' version of the game:

Gears 5 will be optimised, so the work you've seen today will be there, available at launch on Xbox Series X. The title will support Smart Delivery, so if you already have the title in whatever form you'll be able to get it on Series X for free.

This could be something of a game-changer as the upcoming console war looms ever closer; not only will Xbox One owners benefit from seeing their existing library of games running even better on the Series X, we could see instances where Microsoft's new console provides the best platform to experience the hottest current-gen titles of 2020.

If the rumours of Cyberpunk 2077's poor performance on PS4 and Xbox One are to be believed, the Series X which will offer the ability to drastically improve the performance of the Xbox One version could be the definitive system to play it on this year at least until the PS5 gets it inevitable update of the game, of course, but that might not be until next year, and you might have to pay extra for it.

What do you make of Microsoft's efforts to ensure top-notch backwards compatibility with its existing games? Do you think this will be something that the average person on the street will appreciate, or is the company simply preaching to the converted? Let us know with a comment below.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is at rating agencies around the world – GamesRadar+ AU

Cyberpunk 2077 may have been delayed, but it's just reached an important production milestone - submission to age rating agencies.

CD Projekt Red Head of Studio Adam Badowski took to Twitter to confirm the game has been submitted to agencies like PEGI and ESRB. While the studio awaits a rating, it's working on "polishing technical aspects and playtesting" the long-awaited RPG.

For reference, CD Projekt Red's beloved RPG that contained a fair bit of sex scenes, brothel visits, and beheadings, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was rated M for Mature by the ESRB and PEGI 18 in Europe. Considering Cyberpunk 2077 will have mo-capped sex scenes, I think it's safe to expect the title to garner a mature rating as well.

However, it's not really about what the game will be rated, as much as it's about the developer reaching such an important milestone especially when you consider the game was initially meant to drop next month. CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077's five-month delay back in January, pushing the release date from April 16 to September 17.

While it's clear from Badowski's Tweet that the game is still in need of polish, it's great to see its content is ready for review from age rating agencies. That just means we'll get a cleaner, better-running game when it drops in September, which is especially important now that we know Xbox One players will get an Xbox Series X version of Cyberpunk 2077 for free through Smart Delivery, as GamesRadar+ previously reported.

Simply put, Cyberpunk 2077 is nearing completion, and we couldn't be more excited.

Speaking of, here's the best upcoming games of 2020 (and beyond).

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Cyberpunk 2077 : Pre-Orders Reopen For Backpack, This Is What It Will Cost You – Trending News Buzz

Cyberpunk is all set to be one of the best games youll see in 2020. The game features strong storytelling and a great perception that will bound you to itself. Through strong characters and evocative world-building CDPR, the game is all set to blow you away. To add to the aura of the game, it will feature Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand.

The game was first expected to be released by April 16, 2020. But the makers have shifted it to September 17 this year. You do have the option to pre-order the game. It will be available on PS4, PC, or Xbox One. However, you should consider some things before pre-ordering it.

GameStop will give you a bonus for pre-ordering. You will become one of the PowerUP Rewards members and will be liable to get am exclusive samurai medallion. This is a very exclusive goodie that you can enjoy if you pre-order the game.

The game will feature amazing customization and have a lot of options for a general one person combat. The makers have stated against the news of micro transactions. So, you can expect a DRM-free version on PC and DLC similar to the size of Witcher 3.

Although the collector edition is currently sold out everywhere, you can still stay updated since it will be restocked soon. This will be very heavy in your pocket and costs a whopping $250, but for the things that you get with it, it is worth the price. Some items that feature in the collector edition, as notified by the makers, include:

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If you buy the standard edition of the game, it will cost you about $49.94 on sale at Amazon and Walmart for both PS4 and Xbox One. It will include the base game with some digital bonus content. So, you can expect to get an art booklet, the game soundtrack, wallpapers for desktop and mobile, and also a cyberpunk 2077 sourcebook.

You will also receive many physical goodies alongside. They include Night City postcards, stickers, maps of the Night City and a world compendium.

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Xbox Series X Could Offer The Definitive Version Of Cyberpunk 2077 This Year, And Here’s Why – Pure Xbox

Our friends over at Eurogamer's Digital Foundry have just delivered a massive helping of Xbox Series X specifications and info, and one of the most exciting pieces of news relates to how the console will handle games produced for older Xbox systems.

We already knew that Microsoft was aiming for full backwards compatibility with all Xbox software, but what Digital Foundry has seen takes things to an entirely new level. Xbox One games, for example, won't run in emulation and will benefit from the full processing power of the Series X; that means your existing games will get a boost in terms of resolution and frame rate. During its time at Microsoft's HQ, Digital Foundry saw Gears of War: Ultimate Edition running at 4K resolution, and came away very impressed indeed.

Microsoft's objective is to apply these enhancements as well as 'auto HDR' to all Xbox titles across the ages which is a show-stopping feature, if you ask us. The other good news? This process is handled by Microsoft's backwards compatibility team, so the developer of the original game doesn't have to lift a finger.

Peggy Lo, compatibility program lead, had this to say:

Hopefully you realise that we are still quite passionate about this. It's a very personal project for a lot of us and we are committed to keep doing this and making all your games look best on Series X.

While the notion of seeing your favourite classic Xbox games running in higher resolutions and with silky-smooth frame rates is enticing enough, it's worth returning to the fact that more recent games are going to really benefit from Series X's raw power. Digital Foundry was shown an updated version of Gears 5 produced in two weeks which featured 60FPS cutscenes, improved contact shadows and ray traced screen-space global illumination.

Coalition technical director Mike Raynor was keen to stress that more optimisation will follow, and that existing Xbox One owners won't have to fork out money for a 'remastered' version of the game:

Gears 5 will be optimised, so the work you've seen today will be there, available at launch on Xbox Series X. The title will support Smart Delivery, so if you already have the title in whatever form you'll be able to get it on Series X for free.

This could be something of a game-changer as the upcoming console war looms ever closer; not only will Xbox One owners benefit from seeing their existing library of games running even better on the Series X, we could see instances where Microsoft's new console provides the best platform to experience the hottest current-gen titles of 2020.

If the rumours of Cyberpunk 2077's poor performance on PS4 and Xbox One are to be believed, the Series X which will offer the ability to drastically improve the performance of the Xbox One version could be the definitive system to play it on this year at least until the PS5 gets it inevitable update of the game, of course, but that might not be until next year, and you might have to pay extra for it.

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New Cyberpunk 2077 info, meet the Tyger Claws – VG247

As we inch ever so closer to launch, new Cyberpunk 2077 info has started to crop up all over the internet. A lot of it is merely speculation but, occasionally, something slightly more concrete appears.

CD Projekt Red has remained pretty tight-lipped on the subject, which makes the legitimacy of new Cyberpunk 2077 info difficult to assess. However, a recent YouTube video posted by Madqueen Show introduces one of the many gangs that roam Night City: the Tyger Claws (called Tygers Claw in Mike Pondsmiths tabletop RPG, but seemingly renamed for CDPRs adaptation). You can watch the full video below.

The Tyger Claws are a Japanese booster gang in Night City, settled in the district of Westbrook, also known as Japantown, the part of the city where people go when theyre looking for thrills, the video description reads. As they are the protectors of the Japanese community at large, it is thought they are backed up by one of the most powerful megacorporations of Cyberpunk 2077: Arasaka. Apparently the Tyger Claws eschew hi-tech cyber weapons for a more traditional style of combat: martial arts.

There are two main pieces of evidence that support the information in the video. First of all, an artist who goes by the handle Death Burger posted a collection of concept art they apparently worked on for the official Cyberpunk 2077 steelbook. It appeared over atArtStation a few months ago and consists of four different pieces of cover art, each depicting one of Night Citys notorious criminal gangs:Tyger Claws, Valentinos, Maelstrom, and Voodoo Boys.

What further legitimizes this is the presence of a Tyger Claws poster thats currently listed over at CD Projekt Reds official store. Riding out from the heart of Japantown in a psychedelic blur, the Tyger Claws are dead-set on staking claim to fresh territory, the description reads. Word has it theyve already picked out the perfect spot on your walls.

If you want to know more about the Tyger Claws, check out the video embedded above. If youre curious about other Cyberpunky trivia, check out the recent revelation about the Cyberpunk 2077 map, or dig into the new Cyberpunk 2077 info Grimes spilled about her character.

Cyberpunk 2077 launches for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Google Stadia on September 17, 2020. Check out our full Cyberpunk 2077 primer if you want to bring yourself up to speed. If youre bored and are considering a return to the mean streets of Novigrad while you wait, check out our list of the best Witcher 3 mods.

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Cyberpunk 2077 map is based on the board games new version – VG247

Hawk-eyed fans recently noticed that the Cyberpunk 2077 map is closer in shape to a newer version of Mike Pondsmiths tabletop RPG.Its already relatively common knowledge that Cyberpunk 2077 is based on Pondsmiths famous tabletop game, but its important to remember Pondsmiths Night City where Cyberpunk 2077 will be set has been iterated on several times over the years. Thats why Redditor Sokk650 recently pulled up an image from the CD Projekt Red forums depicting the Cyberpunk 2077 map.

The boys of CDPRforums finally gave some more looks into the realization I had months ago, but still havent acknowledged one (not so small) fact. Yes this is Morro Bay, where Cyberpunk is located. Yes that space is around 4-8 miles (or something like that), but that is in REAL WORLD SPACE from cyberpunkgame

The question of scale here is another story entirely. Other Reddit users have already spent a significant amount of time discussing this, comparing Night City to GTA Vs Los Santos (although this has proved relatively fruitless thus far, considering people still havent actually played Cyberpunk).

For comparison (mods, dont do this to me, not again, hear me out) Gta Vs map next to LA, that tiny little blip highlighted is Los Santos, a 100 sq mile game world, taking up a little less than 5 miles in scale with real world space. This is why Night City looks so small.Connect the "." Lets disuss from cyberpunkgame

So while scale isnt necessarily important at present, the first post linked above is worth examining for another reason. As RedditorOpfuscapisthelpfully points out in the comments, Pondsmith has created a variety of different Cyberpunk maps over the years. Two of these are depicted below, the first one being a sketch of Morro Bay from roughly 30 years ago.

As you can see, the latter drawing is a more refined version of the first version, where area borders are more easily recognized. The coastline has also been reworked, resulting in an increase to the land mass north of South Night City.

This newer version helps to explain the positioning of areas in the Cyberpunk 2077 map, where South Night City has been replaced by the City Center, which should technically be northwest of where it is. The areas along the coast here have been refined yet again, with the Cyberpunk 2077 map being closer to the second image displayed above than the first, while still doing some iterating of its own on Pondsmiths original.

Its interesting to see what CD Projekt Red is doing differently with its depiction of Night City, but its also worth examining the parts that appear to be the same for example, areas like Pacifica and Heywood seem to be located almost exactly where they are in the tabletop version.

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We wont really know what to expect from the Cyberpunk 2077 map until the game launches later this year, but its always worth comparing what we have so far to the source material. If youre interested in exploring further before Cyberpunk 2077 comes out, you can check out Pondsmiths Cyberpunk 2020 over at R. Talsorian Games.

Cyberpunk 2077 is due to launch for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on September 17, 2020. If youre hungry for more Cyberpunk, Grimes recently leaked her characters role, while people seem to have discovered a cool Easter egg in the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer from E3 2018.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Tyger Claws Gang To Be Featured In The Game – Trending News Buzz

Usually, game developers have to choose between either quality or quantity. It is rare for them to deliver on both. That is unless youre CD Projekt Red. Anyone who has played The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt will confirm this. The number of stories packed into that game and the high quality of those stories are simply incredible.

It should come as no surprise, then, that their CD Projekt Reds upcoming Sci-Fi role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2077, is showing similar levels of detail. The lively, beautiful, gang-infested setting of Night City is certain to be a joy to dive into.

We have already seen Maelstrom, the Voodoo Boys, the Animals and a few of these gangs in action. They are far from the only ones that are fighting for control over the streets of Night City, though.

Weve seen teasers and flashes of another gang, named the Tyger Claws, for months now. They have appeared in some concept art and Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith even hinted at a character whose story may involve the gang. They havent appeared in any gameplay footage, however. This led people to wonder if they would end up in the game.

This speculation caught fire when, a couple of weeks ago, CD Projekt Red started selling a poster on their online store featuring the Tyger Claws. YouTube Madqueen Show, who has been covering the game for years now, compiled all the little breadcrumbs into one video to get you up to speed.

The inclusion of the Tyger Claws is a big deal. Each of these gangs brings with them their own sets of stories. Their ties to the Arasaka Corporation open up a whole new dimension for players to explore in the game. Essentially, an official confirmation of their presence would tell us that the game has an added layer of depth to it.

Their presence in Night City wouldnt just affect the story, either. The Tyger Claws prefer close combat and wear light armour, allowing them to move quickly. This presents an interesting gameplay challenge when it comes to fighting against them. A high-powered shotgun might do the trick.

CD Projekt Red has been mum about confirming or denying such speculation. All we can do wait and watch as the release date draws closer.Cyberpunk 2077 is set to come out on September 17th, 2020 on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. It is available for pre-order now.

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Minecraft 2.05 PS4 Update Patch Notes and Gamer Creates CyberPunk Inspired World is Amazing! – Tech Times

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The popular open-world sandbox action-RPG game that is the behemoth of Minecraft has just released a brand new PS4 update. Version 2.05 is just over 150MB, which fixes small issues and crashes--this is totally fine! Linked to this story is also about a Minecraft player who created his very own Cyberpunk world with his very own block-hands. Thanks, Mojang!

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It only mentions "minor bug and crash fixes," which is usually the case when it comes to newly released updates and will get into more details sooner rather than later.

As for what you might have missed in the Minecraft news, Mojang recently addedcrossplay to their entire Minecraft population. The latest addition allows PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and on mobile to play together in perfect harmony -- or complete chaos depends on what you plan to do.

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The last major update from Minecraft is the Buzzy Bees' expansion that added new things to the beloved title. The expansion included new biomes, tools, items, gears, materials, and given by the name, bees. This makes it more interesting for current and new players since there are more things to do now with your friends and with crossplay enabled, the sky is virtually the limit.

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The next update is rumored to be the Minecraft Nether update, which is also a big content expansion. Biomes such as Souls and Valley and Netherwart Forest to the already large roster, items, mobs, and so much more!

Elsewhere, Minecraft continues to go from strength to strength, with all manner of exciting new content in the pipeline to keep players building, smashing, and crafting.

ReddituserDeltagonhas created a world all of his own, and people are going crazy over his works with due appreciation of his craft and creativity for it! Inspired by a cyberpunk vibe and maybe also rooting from the hype of Projekt RED's up and coming gameCyberpunk 2077set to arrive later this September. He has also posted several pictures in Minecraft that are as awe-inspiring and are a testament to the creativity of all users who play the game have. Here are some of his works that are worthy of showing to the public. Salute to all who have a brilliant mind out there!

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As the game is hitting critical mass with more updates to come, it is only a matter of time that this game will blow up more than it already is. The game, albeit old, is continuously updated and has a massive fanbase to boot, which is a bit of an understatement. Nevertheless, it is an awesome game that everybody should try out and play at least once and dive into the world that Mojang has created for us all.

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Everspace 2 Early Access Release Delayed to Avoid Competition With Cyberpunk 2077 and Outriders – GamingBolt

It wouldnt be wise to directly compete against two sci-fi shooter RPG juggernauts, says the developer.

When it was announced in August of last year, developers Rockfish Games confirmed thatEverspace 2would be entering early access on Steam in the second half of 2020- but those plans have now been postponed because of very interesting reasons.

In a new update share by the developer, it was confirmed thatEverspace 2searly access launch is being delayed to September. The reason? They very openly admit that they dont want to compete directly against the likes ofCyberpunk 2077andOutriders,mammoth AAA games that are both coming out in that window as well.

As an open world sci-fi shooter with RPG elements, Rockfish Games think theres quite a bit of overlap between audiences of these games, and as such, they dont think its wise to directly compete against two sci-fi shooter RPG juggernauts.

Some AAA blockbuster titles will hit our initial Steam Early Access release date, the developer wrote. The hotly-anticipated open-world sci-fi shooter RPG Cyberpunk 2077 was recently pushed back to September, plus the brand new sci-fi looter shooter RPG Outriders from Square Enix has just been announced to release the same month, too. Obviously, there is quite an overlap between those audiences and ours, so we have decided it wouldnt be wise to directly compete against two sci-fi shooter RPG juggernauts, leaving not much room for any other sci-fi shooter coming out at the same time.

Considering all those new challenges, we had to make a tough decision about postponing the EVERSPACE 2 launch on Steam Early Access, now aiming for early December this year.

Meanwhile, the games closed alpha is also being pushed back as a result, now into late May, while the closed beta will now be in August.

Consequently, were also pushing the closed Alpha back to the end of May and the closed Beta to August, the update reads. We will reach out to backers with creative rewards towards the end of this year.

Rockfish Games also says that the studio is in a financially comfortable position, which means development onEverspace 2is proceeding as planned and hasnt been affected by this.

Even if this is just a strategic decision to mitigate commercial risks when major market conditions change, we are fully aware that some of you wont be too happy about this, but we hope for your understanding, Rockfish wrote. Thankfully, were in a financially comfortable position, so the project itself is not at risk, and we are developing the game internally as planned. This extra time also means well have more content for you to enjoy in the closed Alpha, Beta, and Early Access builds.

Everspace 2is currently in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can get more info on the game in our interview with the developer through here.

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Altered Carbon Proves Cyberpunk Is as Immortal as Its Lead Character – The Escapist

Altered Carbon has returned to Netflix for its second season.

The series launched in February 2018, adapted from Richard K. Morgans novel of the same name. Morgans novel is regarded as one of the modern classics of cyberpunk science fiction, winning the Philip K. Dick Award for Best Novel in 2003. The novel and series unfold in a future where mankind has harnessed stack technology to allow consciousness to survive the death of a body, offering functional immortality to those wealthy enough to afford it.

Altered Carbon is certainly a lavish production, as one might expect from a high-profile Netflix Original. The project was announced as part of a $5B investment in original content. As ever, Netflix has played coy with the actual numbers, but actor Joel Kinnaman insisted that it cost more than the first three seasons of Game of Thrones. Estimates suggest that each of the first seasons 10 episodes had a budget of between $6M and $7M each.

The shows ambition matches its budget. Writing before the launch of the first season, Morgan asserted that the long-term aim is to produce at least five seasons of the show. This may be optimistic, given that the streaming services preferred length of three seasons per show would line up neatly with the three books in the core Takeshi Kovacs series. Still, there is some indication that Netflix is happy with the show for the moment, announcing a second season only five months after the release of the first.

Much like The Expanse, a television adaptation of Altered Carbon is the kind of project that has only become feasible in the era of streaming giants. It would be too risky a proposition for traditional broadcast television in terms of genre and content, and it would be unlikely to attract a large enough audience to justify its survival if Nielsens viewership estimates are to be trusted. Its budget would place a heavy strain on boutique cable providers like HBO or Showtime. Netflix was the only way forward.

In keeping with the cyberpunk aesthetic, the first season of Altered Carbon is structured as a noir-infused murder mystery playing off the shows central concept. Takeshi Kovacs (Kinnaman) finds himself released from prison at the behest of wealthy philanthropist and entrepreneur Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) to investigate a locked-room murder. This mystery is complicated by the fact that Bancroft himself was the victim, his consciousness restored from a backup with no memory of what happened.

The first season of Altered Carbon uses this mystery as a spine to explore its world. The series is obviously inspired by a wealth of classic science fiction sources, from the original Blade Runner to the work of William Gibson, but the series is most interesting in its exploration of the nature of consciousness what happens when a mind moves from body to body, and what are the implications of that? In a world where life is already cheap, what happens when death is removed from the equation?

Altered Carbon doesnt always push its core ideas in the most interesting direction. There is occasionally a sense that the central stack technology is treated as an abstract thought experiment, rather than following it through to its most fundamental conclusions. Still, the series gets a lot of mileage out of the incongruities of the technology, most notably with the body of a simpleminded gangbanger (Matt Biedel) that alternately houses a Latinx grandmother and a local crime boss over the course of the series.

Still, Altered Carbon is a loving cyberpunk homage. It takes great pleasure in the cheesy hard-boiled dialogue associated with the genre. If I were afraid, would you save me, Mr. Kovacs? coos Miriam Bancroft (Kristin Lehman). Kovacs responds, Im not sure you need saving. Kovacs allies with an artificial intelligence that styles itself after Edgar Allan Poe (Chris Conner) and even engages in a deathmatch in a fightdrome operated by the sadistic Carnage (Matt Frewer). Even the seriess delightfully lurid violence and (equal opportunity but still) gratuitous nudity feel like a loving tribute to the genre.

The second season of Altered Carbon offers something of a fresh start for the series. Kovacs has been re-sleeved given a new body which allows for the series to swap leads from Joel Kinnaman to Anthony Mackie. Whereas the first season operated in the style of a futurist film noir, the second season offers a much larger and more consciously epic story, with Kovacs embarking on a journey back to reconnect with his lost love (and rebel leader) Quellcrist Falconer (Rene Elise Goldsberry).

Altered Carbon doesnt reinvent the wheel, but it doesnt have to. At its core, the show is an affectionate celebration of the tropes and conventions of these sorts of pulpy science fiction adventures, with Netflix affording the series a scale with which few television series can compete. As befits its premise, it spins an old genre back up again for another go-round.

The first and second seasons of Altered Carbon are now streaming on Netflix.

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Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) and Quellcrist Falconer (Rene Elise Goldsberry) share an intimate moment. Image: Netflix

In the world of cyberpunk fiction, is there such a thing as a truly happy ending? For the second season of Altered Carbon, the answer is: kind of. As the series moves from explorations of identity to interpersonal relationships, every character is trying to figure out the role of love in their complicated and sometimes immortal lives.

Sometimes we do want a happy ending. Sometimes we want to see a functional relationship survive, Simone Missick told io9.

When we spoke with some of the cast of Altered Carbon season two at a recent press junket, there was one phrase on everybodys lips: This is a love story. That statement largely points to the relationship between Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) and Quellcrist Falconer (Rene Elise Goldsberry), as this season is about Takeshis search for his long-lost love. But its not just a single love story, its everyones. Keep in mind: This post contains spoilers through the end of season two.

Every main character is exploring what love means to them in a world where people can live forever through a digital consciousnessif theyre even alive at all, as is the case with Poe (Chris Conner) and fellow AI Dig 301 (Dina Shihabi), who develop a relationship built on their intellectual connection. In the case of humans who strive so hard to live forever, accumulating power and wealth to serve those ends, what space is there to open up to others or earn their affection in return? Thats the big question behind Danica Harlan (Lela Loren) and her father, who she had killed so she could take over.

Her father, Konrad, has been a leader for 300 years. He has raised her and reared her to be entirely in his image, to be geared for his positionand yet he wont ever step down, Loren said. Its almost like she has no other choice but to kill him, because you have this whole generation of children with these parents that never move on. In a weird way, I do think she loves her father, but she loves herself more.

Danica really loves autonomy and freedom, she added. She wants to lead by herself. Does she love people? Mmm, not that much.

The main love story of the season is between Takeshi and Quellcrist, but not in the way you might think. During season one, Takeshi (then played by Joel Kinnaman) had visions of his girlfriend guiding him along his pathbut that wasnt the real Quellcrist, nor was it an accurate portrayal of their relationship. The real Quellcrist is a tragic hero, bent but not broken from years of being trapped in a cave with nothing but her guilty conscience to keep her company (not to mention shes sharing her stack with an alien getting revenge over the colonization of Harlans World). Shes determined to right the wrongs of her past by destroying the technology shed invented. Takeshis goal may have been Quellcrist, but he was not hers. He is a distraction. Even their major sex scene revealed that, as explained by Goldsberry.

The love moment that they have in season two is really her when she is weak, when she needs help. But when she comes to herself in full strength, she doesnt allow herself a moment with him before she moves back on task and back on mission. I thought that was surprising to me that she would be that strong, Goldsberry told io9. I mean, she didnt really have much time, she didnt really have much choice. But probably the romantic in Rene wanted her to take a minute and just tell him that she loved him.

Taskeshi does have other people he cares about in his lifelike Poe, whos become his companion in the second season. Carrera described them as having a bromance, saying their dynamic in season two is that of an old married couple. But there are some uncomfortable, unsettling ways Takeshi treats his friend. Poe spends most of the season struggling with system degradation that risks compromising Takeshis mission, so he continually admonishes the AI to reboot. Poe doesnt want to because it would mean losing his memories, but that doesnt stop Takeshi from lashing out at him about it, over and over. We asked Carrera whether he would describe their relationship as healthy.

Codependency is something that we all struggle with, so there is definitely some codependency in this relationship. But as he says, Youre gonna get me killed and youre gonna get us killed, he told us. And its a struggle for both to figure out where to go next because theres no answer when youre looking for love.

However, the bigger non-Quellcrist relationship for Takeshi was with, surprisingly, Colonel Ivan Carrera (Torben Liebrecht). Carrera is the latest incarnation of Jaeger, the man who recruited Takeshi into CTAC to become a super-soldier, and he illegally re-sleeved a younger, OG version of Takeshi (Will Yun Lee) into a recreation of his original body. Even though Carrera is objectively a terrible persona warmonger who tries to keep the rebellion on Harlans World alive just so hes not put back on icehe sees himself as a father and loves Takeshi like a son. This explains his need to recreate the Takeshi he knew and cared about, and makes it hard for him to recognize the true Takeshi whod long moved beyond him.

If there is a point where he has to stay on ice forever, what will remain? Whats the footprint that he has left on this Earth? You want to have something that other people inherit from you. Even if its only the positive memory that they have of you, Liebrecht said. He saw Takeshi Kovacs as the person he could call in and raise in a way within the set of values that he believes in. And it hurts him all the more to see that everything that he has to offer is not enough for Kovacs.

Carreras love story with Takeshi isnt one that ends happily. He dies having lost not just one, but two surrogate sons (in the form of old and new Takeshi). But in a show like Altered Carbon, death is not the end. Theres still a place for Carrera to come back in the future, something Liebrecht said hed love to do if given the opportunity (though considering how easily the show moves characters from body to body, that isnt a guarantee).

In the end, Quellcrist chooses her mission over her relationship and Takeshi dies in her place to destroy the Elder technology threatening Harlans World. It gives her the space to go forward and become the rebellions leader once again. While its not a true, Disney fairy-tale ending, it is happy-ish if you look at it from a certain point of view. Takeshi loved Quellcrist so much he sacrificed himself for herand now hes serving the same role she did in the first season, an invisible presence guiding her on her quest. His love is still with her.

However, one happy endingone no one expected, including Missick herselfwas the one with Trepp and her family. During most of the season, Trepp is in conflict with her wife, Myka (Sharon Taylor), who lost her career as an archaelogue and got a job in a bar to support their family. Their son is on his second sleeve after stepping on a landmine and the lease payments are piling up. Mykas made sacrifices but cant understand why Trepp, whos spending a lot of their money searching for her brother, wont do the same.

Eventually, things come to a head when Myka and their son are kidnapped. Myka is doing some archaeological work for Danica to keep them alive, but Trepp is determined to come in guns blazing and save them. Trepps father and brother didnt make it, meaning her wife and son are all she has left. The whole confrontation is tense and comes across like Trepp is going to perform the ultimate sacrifice and die to save her family. This was something Missick was afraid of the whole timeespecially given the history of the Bury Your Gays trope, or the tendency to kill off characters in non-cishet relationships. Luckily, that didnt happen.

I kept asking, I was like: Do I die? No youre not going to die. Im like, Are you sure Im not going to die? Because of that same thought [the Bury Your Gays trope], Missick said. Altered Carbon season two is so much about a love story, and its the main love story of Takeshi and Quell. But then you also see this love story between Trepp and her wife and her family and her son...The fact that that love story is to remain intact is, in a way, a beautiful thing.

Youd be hard-pressed to find a lot of hope at the end of the season, as most of the characters are killed, but looking forward theres a lot of it to be found, even through the smoky veneer of the cyberpunk genre. Trepp has her family and is working out of her fathers augmentation shop, Poe and Dig 301 are running their hotel, OG Takeshi is staying on Harlans World to help the cause, and Quellcrist has her memories of Takeshi to keep her company on her journey. The story even ends with a hint that Takeshi isnt gone for good, as Poe had saved a back-up of his stack before rebooting.

Happy endings in cyberpunk arent an easy thing, because the nature of the genre is to serve as a warning for the future. But if theres one thing Altered Carbon has wanted to teach us, its that love will prevaileven across galaxies and centuries. Its no surprise the season ends in sunshine, signifying a bright future for the people whove lived in the shadows of gods.

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