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— Mike Pondsmith, Reddit 2018

Solo (Night City Sourcebook)

The timeline of the Cyberpunk Series has gone through many iterations, with new sourcebooks and games continually expanding on its world. This article covers the canonical timeline following events from Cyberpunk 2013 and 2020, as established by Mike Pondsmith and CDProjekt RED in Cyberpunk Red and Cyberpunk 2077. Information about the non-canon Cyberpunk 3.0 and its alternate timeline can be found here. Other timelines are included within the Japan, China, Soviet Union, Korea, and Australia pages, as well as the timeline for South-East Asia and Europe Timeline.

Series historyEdit

Cyberpunk 2020 World Map

Cyberpunk 2020 World Map, Earth

Released in 1988, the first Cyberpunk game, Cyberpunk 2013 introduced players to the world of the dark future. Three supplementary books were released, fleshing out the world and character roles.

In 1990, a second edition was released, titled Cyberpunk 2020, the timeline was moved forward 7 years to the year 2020. As a result much of the information from 2013 was greatly expanded upon, the setting of Night City became real and many of the corporations were given full backstories.

In 1993, the timeline was again pushed forward by another 7 years with Cybergeneration. Cybergeneration focused on supernatural abilities in a more dangerous world. The Cybergeneration series then turned into a spin-off in an alternate reality.

In 1997, the Firestorm books were published. These two—originally three—adventure books were meant to introduce the concept of the Fourth Corporate War to the player and move the story forward into the late 2020s-30s. The campaign pitched the player up against Arasaka, but with the help of many of the named characters throughout the series such as Morgan Blackhand and Johnny Silverhand. A third Firestorm book was planned but eventually became part of the Cyberpunk V3.0 rule book.

In 2005, Cyberpunk v3.0 was published. The timeline was pushed into the 2030s and was a direct followup to the events of the Firestorm series. In 3.0, the world had to deal with the fallout of the Fourth Corporate War and the Arasaka nuke in Night City, and the data corruption on the Net. Reviews were negative based on the setting change as well as some of the presentation elements in the book.

In 2013, Polish video game developer CDProjektRed announced they had acquired the licence to develop video games based on the Cyberpunk series with creator Mike Pondsmith working closely with the Polish studio. Cyberpunk 2077 would move the timeline much further into the year 2077. The game had a full reveal in 2018, with players assuming the role of V, a lowly cyberpunk in Night City.

Mike Pondsmith later announced Cyberpunk Red, a new edition of the pen & paper RPG set sometime before 2077. As a result of the Red Edition and 2077, the timeline was significantly changed. Creator Mike Pondsmith has said the official timeline is up in the air in regards to the later editions. As such, elements of the Firestorm books and the Cyberpunk v3.0 books have been retired, though which elements are currently unknown.

With the release of the Cyberpunk RED Jumpstart kit, it is revealed that the Fourth Corporate War, the crash of the net, and the Arasaka mini-nuke events all canonically occur. The World Book places the Fourth Corporate War as starting in 2021 but becoming official in 2022. The crash of the net is caused by the DataKrash virus, triggered by a dead man switch activated with the death of Rache Bartmoss, which happens in 2022. The Arasaka mini-nuke event is referred to as the "Night City Holocaust" and is shown to take place in 2023.

Timeline overviewEdit

The timeline of the Cyberpunk series diverges dramatically from our own around roughly the 1990s—although other divergences do occur well before then, albeit smaller in size and scope—where the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War leads to a dissemination of nuclear weapons on the black market. Coupled with a US government "deep state" called the Gang of Four, the world soon finds itself in the midst of an economic crisis and the Collapse. Proxy wars, trade wars, and a resurgent Europe butt against the prevailing US world order. Eventually, brief nuclear exchanges and biological warfare around the globe cause the gradual decline of Western civilization. Societies collapse and many governments either dissolve or are reduced to reactionary, petty authoritarian states.

In the chaos, corporations fill the vacuum of power amidst a collapsing social order. Technological advances, unbridled from government oversight or ethical limitations lead to hundreds of new inventions. As time wears on, some corporations become as powerful as the countries they are housed in. Ultimately, four corporate wars would occur before 2077, each one becoming more overt and deadly than the last.

Lawlessness, chaos and technology. This is the world of Cyberpunk.

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  • 2010
  • 2011
    • The Crystal Palace space station is completed by the EuroSpace Agency.[1]
    • Joint Euro-Soviet mission to mars is a success.[1]
    • The Night City Mob War ends, with the Corporations emerging victorious.
    • Marshall R. Shepard joins Petrochem.
    • Filipino President Ramos is killed and his succeed by President Aguilar.
    • An experimental Nanotech device is used in Australia, but becomes dangerously out of control. It is abandoned.
    • An oil rig is hijacked in the Gulf of Mexico and a new Pirate haven is formed, called MetaKey.
  • 2012
    • A Bioplague is unleashed on Chicago, IL. 1700 are killed.[1]
    • Alt Cunningham captured by Arasaka. Concert riot in Night City kills 18, wounds 51. Old Arasaka complex gutted. Alt Cunningham dies.[1]
    • Gerhard Kessler is assassinated.
    • Yarno Kurgasyn retires from SovOil.
    • Arkady Cherminino assumes control of SovOil
    • Nanotechnology breakthrough is achieved.
    • Filipino President Aguilar is killed for cheating in the election, his successor President Lopez is killed on the way to his inauguration.
    • The Nomad Long Walk ends with only 10% returning home.
    • Drought decimates Spain and a small Corporate war breaks out over water rights. The EC intervenes to stop the conflict.
  • 2013
  • 2014
    • Turf wars begin in Night City, they are known as The Metal Wars.[1]
    • I-G Transform Redesign the Net.[1]
    • Emperor Shinka-Tenno is removed from power in Japan.
    • The Peoples Liberation Party regain control of large areas of southern China.
    • Hong Kong is liberated.
    • The Association of Southeastern Asian Nations is reformed.
    • The Amnesty International office in London is bombed. They set up a new HQ in New Zealand.
    • The Cape York spaceport completes construction.
    • The Church of Poland is formed, splitting from the Vatican.
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
    • The first self-aware human clone is created.[1]
    • The O'Neill Two Space colony is completed and named Galileo Cylinder.
    • NASA launches a mission to mars.
    • London is flooded as the Thames flood barriers are bombed.
    • The Martial Law Authority is disbanded and the Monarchy reigns once more in the United Kingdom.
    • Arasaka discovers precious natural deposits under a facility in Africa. Militech supports the native population in removing Arasaka, they fail and Arasaka buy the rights to the land.
    • The Seven Nomad Nations are formed.
    • A Neurotoxin spill occurs in the Latvian town of Jelgava. Lithuania is to blame.
  • 2018
    • EuroSpace Agency launch a mission to Jupiter.[1]
    • The European Brushfire War begins.[1]
    • The O'Neill Three space colony is completes and named Paradise Station.
    • The EuroSpace Agency send another joint mission to mars with SovOil.
    • Human cloning laws are passed in Europe.
    • The Pirate Haven of MetaKey is moved to Tampa Florida to begin the salvage operation of the city.
    • Poland is attacked by Czechoslovakia but are repelled.
    • Romania invades Bulgaria.
    • Rolf Schneider is elected president of the European Council.
    • Evienne De Tours is elected to join the European Council.
    • Interpol launches their organized crime division.
    • Directive 2017-EC-A-001021 is launched in the EC.
    • Greece annexes Macedonia with the aid of Albania. In retaliation Serbia invades Albania.
    • Pritap Suwarti is assassinated.
    • Amelia Young dies.
  • 2019
    • L-5 Space colonies revolt and declare independence.
    • L-4 Space colonies placed under martial law.
    • Orbital colony revolt at L-3.[1]
    • NASA Mars mission is successful.
    • Emperor Jinkyoku-Tenno ascends the throne in Japan.
    • Opium production begins anew in the golden triangle of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
    • Storm Technology begins operations in Chicago, Illinois.
    • Albania is annexed by Yugoslavia.

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  • 2023
    • International trade breaks down.
    • NASA being offering commercial flights to mars.
    • NASA launches a mission to Jupiter.
    • The Night City Holocaust. Nuclear device detonated in the Arasaka Towers facility, much of central Night City destroyed. Over a half million people are killed. Another quarter million die in the resulting aftermath.
    • Militech nationalized by President Elizabeth Kress.
    • Arasaka forces expelled from continental US.
    • Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northern California,and British Colombia unify into the Pacifica Confederation.
    • Time of the Red begins. Atmospheric particles from widespread devastation stains sky red for two years.
  • 2024
  • 2025
    • Fourth Corporate War ends
    • NET shuts down
    • Alt Cunningham establishes Ghost World in the ruins of Hong Kong
    • Japanese Government nearly breaks down
    • NASA Jupiter mission is successful.
    • NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Bureau launch a joint mission to Saturn.

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  • The Diaspora begins. Groups displaced from ruined cities set out to reclaim locations abandoned since the Collapse.
  • Widespread looting of old tech and abandoned storehouses .
  • Limited VPNs with corporate parks
  • United States is a functional dictatorship under Pres. Elizabeth Kress’s State of Emergency

2030 - 2035 Edit

  • Resettlement of Suburban Night City
  • Reestablishing of Nomad High Roads.
  • Start of CitiNets, local VPNs established in some Reclaimed Cities.
  • Rumors of Johnny Silverhand’s body being found in cold storage in the wreckage of Old Night City arise.
  • Start of Night City Reconstruction

2035 - 2049 Edit

  • First Wave Cities start Reclamation
  • Rebuilding of old factories and old tech begins to be replaced, New Corps begin to rise.
  • Sightings of Morgan Blackhand in various First Wave cities arise.
  • Netwatch attempts to clear out the R.A.B.I.D.S. fail, all major nodes into the old NET shutdown.
  • Establishment of first Data Pools.
  • First Mega buildings constructed to handle population growth.
  • Events of Cyberpunk Red take place
  • Jackie Welles was born.

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