Fashion in Cyberpunk and the Making of a “Samurai Jacket” #cyberpunk
Most fans of video games and the cyberpunk genre are excited by the upcoming release in September of Cyberpunk 2077. This epic open-world game has been in the works for 8 long years.
Even though the game doesn’t exist yet, it has already won numerous awards (mainly for most anticipated game) and has spawned a small YouTube sub-genre of channels offering news, rumors, trailers, and gameplay analysis.
And cosplay. There’s always cosplay.
One of the cool aspects of Cyberpunk 2077 (and the original Mike Poundsmith tabletop RPG upon which it’s based) is that, in that fictional world, the genre of science fiction we know in the real world as cyberpunk from the 1980s, happened in that world, too. Then, in the near-future of its fictional world, as tech (and dystopianism) caught up with the ideas of the 80s fiction, the “high-tech low-life” embraced cyberpunk as a culture, as a style. The fictional “dress” of cyberpunk was assumed as a reality.
So, in the world of Poundsmith’s Cyberpunk (and Cyberpunk 2077), style is everything. You get points in the game, street cred, just for looking cool. The game will have tons of options for designing the look and style of your character.
This, of course, has been a boon already to cosplayers who’ve been poring over game preview footage and re-creating some of the outfits and weapons. One of the most iconic images from the preview has been the neon-lit “Samurai” jacket.
In this serious of videos, cosplayer Andy Valentine creates his own version of the jacket.
And here is a video exploring the role of fashion in Cyberpunk 2077.
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