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Timelines are in flux. Future unclear. Try again later.

– Mike Pondsmith, [citation needed]

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 Cyberpunk 2020, as established by Mike Pondsmith and CD Projekt 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.

Series history

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, which 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 CD Projekt RED 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.

Regional timelines

Timeline overview

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 occurred by 2023, each one becoming more overt and deadly than the last. The infamous Fourth Corporate War was brought to an end by the detonation of a nuclear bomb in the heart of Night City. The years that followed until 2045, the Time of the Red, were a period of global reconstruction as corporations and governments alike tried to recover from unparalleled economic and environmental damage. By 2077, corporate influence is more pervasive than ever, and fears of another devasting corporate war loom large on the horizon.

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

1800s - 1890s

1900s - 1950s

1960s - 1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

  • 2011
    • Corporations "restructured" the Night City Council due to the anarchy in the last decade.
    • July 13: Bryan LeShawn sets record for deepest independent suit dive, utilizing the Poseidon Fluid Breathing Suit.
    • The Crystal Palace space station is completed by the EuroSpace Agency.[8][11]
    • Joint Euro-Soviet mission to mars is a success.[8][11]
    • The Night City Mob War ends, with the Corporations emerging victorious.[9]
    • Marshall R. Shepard joins Petrochem.[3]
    • Filipino President Ramos is killed and his succeed by President Aguilar.[4]
    • An experimental Nanotech device is used in Australia, but becomes dangerously out of control. It is abandoned.[4]
    • An oil rig is hijacked in the Gulf of Mexico and a new Pirate haven is formed, called MetaKey.[6]
  • 2014
    • Turf wars begin in Night City, they are known as The Metal Wars.[8]
    • I-G Transform Redesign the Net.[4][8]
    • Emperor Shinka-Tenno is removed from power in Japan.[4]
    • The Peoples Liberation Party regain control of large areas of southern China.[4]
    • 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.[4]
    • The Cape York spaceport completes construction.[4]
    • The Church of Poland is formed, splitting from the Vatican.[10]
    • Kizamasu Inc. own major portion of Houston to build corporate city.[4]
  • 2017
    • Blair is inaugurated as President of the United States of America. His vice president is Elizabeth Kress.
    • The first self-aware human clone is created.[8][11]
    • The O'Neill Two Space colony is completed and named Galileo Cylinder.[11]
    • NASA launches a mission to mars.[11]
    • Imperial Metropolitan Agriculture forces capture Bristol, dealing a blow to the Martial Law Authority and strengthening the Restoration movement.
    • London is flooded as the Thames flood barriers are bombed.
    • The Martial Law Authority is disbanded and the monarchy is restored in the United Kingdom. Princess Beatrice is crowned Queen Victoria II in Westminster Abbey a week later. A new period of martial law is declared to maintain order while the UK's districts and reorganized and the Democratic Government Committee debates how to set up the new Parliament. The DGC has yet to issue a final report as of 2020.
    • 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.[6]
    • A Neurotoxin spill occurs in the Latvian town of Jelgava. Lithuania is to blame.
  • 2019
    • April 14: President Blair dies. Elizabeth Kress is sworn in as the next President of the United States of America, and holds office until at least 2045, winning re-election at least four times.
    • L-5 Space colonies revolt and declare independence.[11]
    • L-4 Space colonies placed under martial law.[11]
    • Orbital colony revolt at L-3.[8]
    • NASA Mars mission is successful.[11]
    • Emperor Jinkyoku-Tenno ascends the throne in Japan.[4]
    • Opium production begins anew in the golden triangle of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.[4]
    • Storm Technology begins operations in Chicago, Illinois.[6]
    • Albania is annexed by Yugoslavia.

2020s

  • 2021
  • 2023
    • International trade breaks down.[15]
    • Gargoyles Nomad tribe plans New York City Maglev extension preliminary work to begin.
    • NASA begins offering commercial flights to Mars.[11]
    • Contact is lost with the Pathfinder mission to Jupiter after Cape Canaveral and NASA's mission control center are destroyed during the Fourth Corporate War.[14]
    • August 20: The Night City Holocaust. Nuclear device detonated in Arasaka Tower, much of central Night City destroyed. Over a half million people are killed. Another quarter million die in the resulting aftermath.[15][16]
    • Militech nationalized by President Elizabeth Kress.[15]
    • 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.[15]
    • Kei Arasaka is talked into committing seppuku by Spider Murphy.
    • The Fourth Corporate War ends.[15]
    • The Net is shut down by Rache Bartmoss.[15]
    • The Japanese government nearly collapses, but saves itself by forcing Arasaka to take the full blame for the destruction of the Fourth Corporate War. Arasaka is forced to confine its operations to Japan for the next several years as it rebuilds its reputation.[15]

2026 - 2029

  • The Diaspora begins. Groups displaced from ruined cities set out to reclaim locations abandoned since the Collapse.[15]
  • Widespread looting of old tech and abandoned storehouses.[15]
  • Limited VPNs with corporate parks.[15]
  • United States is a functional dictatorship under Pres. Elizabeth Kress's State of Emergency.[15]
  • 2026
    • The opposing sides in the Fourth Corporate War sign a belated formal truce. Militech then tries and fails to reestablish contact with NASA's lost Pathfinder mission.[14]

2030s - 2040s

2030 - 2035

  • Resettlement of Suburban Night City.[15]
  • Reestablishing of Nomad High Roads.[15]
  • Start of CitiNets, local VPNs established in some Reclaimed Cities.[15]
  • Rumors of Johnny Silverhand's body being found in cold storage in the wreckage of Old Night City arise.[15]
  • Start of Night City Reconstruction[15]

2035 - 2049

  • First Wave Cities start Reclamation.[15]
  • Rebuilding of old factories and old tech begins to be replaced, new corps begin to rise.[15]
  • Sightings of Morgan Blackhand in various First Wave cities arise.[15]
  • Netwatch attempts to clear out the R.A.B.I.D.S. fail, all major nodes into the old NET shutdown.[15]
  • Establishment of first Data Pools.[15]
  • First Megabuildings constructed to handle population growth.[15]
  • Events of Cyberpunk RED take place.[15]
  • Jackie Welles was born.
  • 2049
    • June 10/October 12: V is born.

2050s

  • 2050
    • Shiming Xu's defense company, now debt-free under his leadership, is rebranded Kang Tao. It officially debuted on the weapons market with the A-22B Chao smart-pistol, making a bold play for a niche dominated by Arasaka.
  • 2051
    • A major outbreak of "bird flu" occurs in Night City, killing 7,000 people.
  • 2059
    • A second major bird flu outbreak occurs in Night City, killing 10,000 people.

2060s

  • 2060
    • Lucius Rhyne elected to the Night City Council as a member of the Devolutionist Party.[12]
    • Thorton Colby C125 ends production.
    • Lagaretta predicts that the pace of technological development of the time would lead to the confirmation of the existence of white holes and the discovery of a theory for quantum gravity within fifteen years.[18]
  • 2061
    • A third major bird flu outbreak occurs in Night City, killing 12,000 people.
  • 2062
    • Haiti is officially abandoned after a series of vicious storms. A large portion of its population resettles in Night City's Pacifica District.[12]
    • Quadra Turbo-R 740 ends production.
    • The private security company SSI is founded.
    • July 17: NC Dam Ltd. begins construction of a dam and reservoir outside Night City. Residents of the town of Laguna Bend, set be flooded by the reservoir, attempt to disrupt construction, but are forcibly evacuated.
  • 2063
    • May 4: Night City adopts the Avian Extermination Act to quell outbreaks of avian-borne diseases, which claimed tens of thousands of lives in the city across multiple epidemics over the past decade.
  • 2067
    • An Arasaka bodyguard intercepts an assassin's bullet, saving the life of the Emperor of Japan.
    • The Moxes are formed after the death of Elizabeth Borden.
    • The first permanent human settlement is constructed in Antarctica.
    • The last wild shark dies.
  • 2069
    • January: Rosalind Myers, previously the CEO of Militech, is elected President of the New United States of America.
    • January: The Unification War starts. At the direction of President Myers, the New United States of America instigates a campaign to re-annex the Free States.[12]
    • Higurashi 20-13 Mantis Blades line is discontinued because of a flaw: they interfaced poorly with neural processors and a certain section of the prefrontal cortex.[19]

2070s

  • 2070
    • June 6: On this day during the Unification War, the NUSA carpet bombs Sacramento. Night City, under siege from NUSA forces, receives "humanitarian aid" from the Soviet Union that independent observers claim consists of truckloads of weapons. The Republic of Texas also officially closes its borders to refugees from Night City.
    • June: The Unification War ends after Arasaka arrives to break the siege of Night City at the request of Councilman Lucius Rhyne. Unwilling to draw Arasaka into the war, President Rosalind Myers reluctantly signs the Treaty of Unification with the Free States to end hostilities. Night City becomes an independent city-state and Lucius Rhyne is elected mayor. For its help, Rhyne welcomes Arasaka back to the city, giving it a seat on the Night City Council and allowing it to rebuild its American headquarters in the new Corpo Plaza.[12][20]
    • Kang Tao rapidly expanded the "smart guns" market, leaving behind its past competition Nokota and Tekhtronika. Now Kang Tao is competing with the major players like Arasaka and Tsunami Defense Systems.
  • 2071
    • Arasaka security forces prevent mass riots in San Francisco.
    • Night City criminalizes the sale of domesticated fowl such as chickens on the grounds that they have become carriers of a plague.
  • 2073
    • DT&R tripled their airship fuel consumption to satisfy Australia's growing need for plastic.[12]
  • 2074
    • October 24: In Italy, an earthquake kills an estimated 98 people. In Night City, President Rosalind Myers' offer to provide Militech forces for the city's security is sharply criticized by the NCPD Commissioner.
    • An Arasaka investigation destroys a terrorist cell in Rio de Janeiro, killing all those responsible for a series of attacks.
  • 2076
    • Night City loses over 29% of its population, about 3 million people, due to an unspecified event. This is the third largest population loss of any city in America this year.
    • NASA's crewed Pathfinder mission to Jupiter remains missing after fifty years of searching for its signal.[14]
    • October/November: Cyberpunk 2077 Prologue takes place.[22]
  • 2077
    • Arasaka announces the development of the Relic, a unique biochip which users can imprint their personalities on for their descendants to communicate with after they die.
    • Switzerland's publishing house since 1488 prints its final book and goes bankrupt.[23]
    • Antonio Luccessi, founder of Militech, dies.
    • April-Before August 23: Cyberpunk 2077 Acts 1 to 3 take place half a year after the Prologue.[22][24]
      • V and Jackie are hired by fixer Dexter DeShawn to carry out a heist to steal a special prototype Relic from Yorinobu Arasaka's suite in Konpeki Plaza.
      • During the heist, Saburo Arasaka is murdered by his son, Yorinobu. V and Jackie escape Konpeki Plaza with the Relic, but Jackie dies shortly after. V is killed by Dexter to cover his tracks, but is revived by the Relic and rescued by Goro Takemura.
      • Yorinobu becomes Arasaka's next CEO, and blames his father's death on Militech, exacerbating tensions between the two corporations. Yorinobu also begins subtly dismantling Arasaka, framing his changes as necessary reforms and financial streamlining.
      • Mayor Lucius Rhyne of Night City dies. Deputy Mayor Weldon Holt becomes Acting Mayor until a new election is held. Holt, City Councilman Jefferson Peralez, and a slate of less significant individuals announce their candidacy for the election. Peralez eventually wins the election and becomes Night City's next mayor.
      • "Omega", the last living wild koala, dies outside Sydney, Australia.
      • NUSA President Rosalind Myers announces she will seek another term in office.
      • Militech announces plans to construct a new colony on Mars, and begins selling residential modules.
      • V, with the help of Panam Palmer, overloads the Solar Power Station south of Santo Domingo to create an EMP to down a Kang Tao AV carrying Relic designer Anders Hellman. The incident results in a significant power outage for Night City that causes over €$120 million in damage.
      • Hanako Arasaka is kidnapped by V and Goro Takemura during the Aratama Matsuri festival in Night City. She is later rescued by a strike force led by Adam Smasher.
      • V confronts their imminent death due to the Relic and chooses their fate. V's decision has potential ramifications for the future of Arasaka and the world. After a few months, V is either at the Arasaka Orbital Station, or if they returned from Mikoshi then they are on their way to the Crystal Palace, or leaving Night City for good. If it was Johnny the one to return, he also leaves the city a few months after the assault to Arasaka Tower.
  • 2078
    • April 20-30: Night Corp expects to finalize construction of a maglev network connecting Night City to other NUSA cities.
    • May 3-5: Lizzy Wizzy is scheduled to play concerts at the Crystal Palace as part of her Cosmic Tour.
    • Winter: The first connections of Night Corp's intercontinental maglev network are planned to become operational.
    • Moore Technologies plans to release the Artifex, an advanced 3D printer that scans the user's brain to create objects that the user imagines.

2080s

  • 2080
    • Night Corp's 3-hour maglev connection to Chicago is expected to become operational.
    • Leading AI analytics predicts, with 74% confidence, that a second hot war between the New United States and the Free States will occur by this year.

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