Cyberpunk 2077: Details on the game’s rival gangs revealed by creator

Series creator Mike Pondsmith shares some details about the Voodoo Boys and the Animals.



Cyberpunk‘s release date is set for April 16th 2020 and with the abundance of gameplay footage and trailers now available we couldn’t be more excited!

In its latest gameplay demonstration, CD Projekt Red shared a ton of new details about Cyberpunk 2077, revealing a rundown district of Night City, Pacifica.

This district has been overrun by two rival gangs, and we learned a bit more about these warring factions from the creator of the series himself, Mike Pondsmith.

Follow the article below for more details on the Voodoo Boys and the Animals.

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The Voodoo Boys

One of the gangs is the Voodoo Boys, a group mainly made up of Haitians who arrived in Night City following the environmental changes that caused Haiti to get flooded.

When Pondsmith created the Voodoo Boys many, many years ago, he was looking at an idea that we would now call cultural appropriation – what happens when people come in and try to adopt a culture that they know little or nothing about.

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Pondsmith explains, “The Voodoo Boys in 2077 are really Voodoo Boys. They inherited the name, but it was sort of a natural fit; they were coming from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.”

They managed to take a lot of the elements of their original culture and meld it into the world of 2077, bringing new elements of Cyberpunk into an old and respected culture.

They are more of a cultural phenomenon than a gang.

The Animals

On the other side of the spectrum are the Animals, who are driven by their desire for strength and pain.

“They’re in it to basically build themselves up and become the tigers of their particular urban jungle. They want to be big, they want to be bad, and they want you to fear them just because they exist.” Pondsmith explained.

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But the Animals are very simple.

Their ethos – get big, lift, get strong, lift – places them on the other end of the spectrum from the Voodoo Boys, who have a culture.

In Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll get a chance to see that not every gang is the same as every other gang, and what motivates them depends on the people that you meet throughout the campaign.