|This article is about the location in Cyberpunk 2077. For the location in Cyberpunk 2020, see North Oak (2020).|
Ward Lindhout, Senior Concept Artist at CD Projekt RED
North Oak is the newest part of Night City. It's the exclusive residential district, free from the poverty and gangs that plague the city. More than 50 years ago, there was nothing here than arid hills framing the north-eastern border of Night City. After the Nuke Incident and the destruction of the Arasaka Twin Towers complex it became the site of temporary refugee camps and favelas for the next 25 years.
This situation persisted until the early 2050s, when the NC government, backed by the megacorporations, decided to clear the area by force. Proclaimed as a "war against crime" by the corporate-owned media, this action became a synonym of corporate brutality and prejudice. The North Oak favelas were pacified and razed by corporate developers, and in a few years the area became the most prized part of Night City. Years of the ongoing corporate-media campaign eventually watered down and finally hushed the whole incident, not only to avoid negative PR, but to raise land value. Many rich people were initially reluctant to buy land where some dirty homeless folk had once lived.
These days that history is all but forgotten, and North Oak is home to the untouchable elite: corporate CEOs, hedge fund managers, and investment bankers, but also to the various showbiz figures: BD producers and stars, media personalities and musicians.
Most people are not welcomed here, and private security is tight. I had to rent an aerial vehicle just to catch a glimpse of the famous district. The area consists of vast estates, some of them with their own micro-biome and artificially created landscape. Both the Arasaka Estate and Kerry Eurodyne's villa are within North Oak, because here it doesn't matter whether you're a corporate owner or a renegade rockerboy, the only thing that matters is how wealthy you are. Every Night City citizen dreams of living here.
North Oak is the newest district in Night City. It's also the richest. Freedom from poverty and gangs - now that's what you call luxury. It's hard to believe, but fifty years ago this was just a rocky hill hemming the city in from the northeast. After the nuclear bomb went off at Arasaka Tower, almost eight thousand desperate Night Citizens moved to higher ground, putting up corrugated tin roofs and á la shantytown. Over the next few years, the hill became something of an independent district - its poverty and duct-taped houses a grim reminder of the past. Finally, in the 50s, the Night City council - sponsored by corporations - decided to do some spring cleaning, officially waging a "War against crime." The North Oak slum was forcefully evacuated and bulldozed, only to boast the city's priciest real estate soon after.
Today North Oak houses the city's wealthiest elite: corpo execs, venture capitalists, actors, musicians living next door to their producers and rock stars such as Kerry Eurodyne. All of North Oak is dotted with spacious villas featuring their own microclimates and manicured lawns. North Oak is the city's very own Elysium and every Night Citizen's dream neighborhood.
- Arasaka Estate
- Denny's mansion
- Impala Automatics Factory
- North Oak casino & club
- North Oak Sign
- Shinto Shrine
- Silver Pixel Cloud
- Villa Eurodyne
Fast travel points
This sub-district includes the next fast travel points:
- Arasaka Estate
- Drive-In Theater
- Kerry Eurodyne's Residence
- North Oak Sign
- Kerry Eurodyne
- Lizzy Wizzy
- Richard Flint - Acting director at Moore Technologies, Milagro Terrace 15
Behind of scenes
Though their effect on visitors is carefully calculated, North Oak villas do not neglect the needs of their owners. After a hard day hoarding wealth in the austere surroundings of City Center, corporate titans find repose in the soothing contours and natural materials of their homes. From infinity pools atop mansions designed by star architects, surrounded by space-harvested metals and organically-bred pets, they take in a curated view of the city in all its varied splendor, knowing they are its masters.Care is taken to blend North Oak's small army of security agents and automated defense systems into the landscape, but some walls and checkpoints stand out nevertheless. Likewise, there is no hiding the ugly brown badlands that abut the estates, or the smoky hellscapes of the oil fields just visible on the horizon.