How did Night City become a metropolis? What role did the mafia play? What’s the deal with the nuclear bomb explosion? What is Arasaka? You will find the answers to these and many more questions in our Cyberpunk 2077 Timeline.
Our Cyberpunk 2077 timeline will help you to understand the setting and the conflicts that exist within it. We take a look at the past of Night City and the rest of the world: wars, corporate interests and government intrigues have created the torn, life-threatening world filled with many challenges in the game’s timeline.
This timeline will be updated and revised when we find new information within the game.
Before the Fourth Corporate War (1990-2022)
The Founding of Arasaka
First Three Corporate Wars
Development of CHOOH2
Founding of the City
Founding of Militech
Assassination of Richard Night
Reign of the Mafia in Night City
Founding of Night Corp
The U.S. government tries to secure its interests by secretly manipulating the stock markets in Europe and Asia. When this becomes public, the already troubled global financial markets collapse. Subsequently, the corporations continue to expand their influence on the world. The "Gang of Four" (consisting of the government agencies CIA, NSA, FBI and DEA) founds the New USA (NUSA) after a coup and takes over the government of the USA. However, numerous US states do not participate in this, split off and become "Free States".
Corporations take over Night City
First Phase of the Fourth Corporate War
Crisis and Recovery (2022-2050)
Second phase of the Fourth Corporate War ("Shadow War")
Third Phase of the Fourth Corporate War ("Hot Phase")
Detonation of a Nuclear Bomb at the Arasaka HQ in Night City
Militech is Nationalized
End of the Fourth Corporate War
CHOOH2 Fuel Crisis
Night City in the Post-War Period
Establishment of the Blackwall, Isolation of the Old Net
Establishment of the 6th Street-Gang
Invention of Induction Wheels
The Borough Little China emerges in Night City
Founding of Kang Tao, first "Smart" Pistol
Eviction of the North Oak borough
Start of the Pacifica Project
Assassination of Strip Club owner Lizzie Borden
"Excalibur" is launches on the vehicle market
Floodings devastate Night City and Los Angeles
Formation of The Mox-Gang
Cancellation of the Pacifica Project
Outbreak of the Unification War ("Metal Wars")
Unification War until today (2069-2077)
NUSA troops outside Night City
Peace Treaty in the Unification War
Night City becomes an Independent City-State
New Arasaka Headquarters
The Combat Zone emerges in Night City
Assassination of the investigative journalist Liam Allen
Climate Change becomes the greatest threat to humanity
Investigations in the Liam Allen case are stopped
Sources: Cyberpunk 2077 Timeline
We only use reliable sources for this timeline: We got the compiled and presented information either from officially licensed releases by developer CD Project Red or from the game Cyberpunk 2077 itself. Although the RPGs Cyberpunk 2013/Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk Red as well as other print publications from this pen ‘n’ paper system could serve as additional sources, they only refer to the source volumes and prefabricated role-playing adventures from 1988/1990 and onwards.
Until the release of Cyberpunk 2077, it is not possible for us to estimate how much of the Pen ‘n’ Paper background has been actually incorporated into the game and how well-known characters such as Johnny Silverhand will be handled. For this reason we decided to ignore these sources for the time being and to extend the Cyberpunk 2077 timeline only when more official sources are available.
Dates that are presented as time periods (e.g. 2000-2020) cover developments that cannot be assigned to specific years with certainty. In the timeline, these are always placed at the beginning of the development.
Source: The World of Cyberpunk 2077(Dark Horse Comics, 1st edition July 2020, ISBN: 10: 1-50671-358-0
Translation: Dennis Anjuschin