Altered Carbon season 2 now has a release date

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Altered Carbon season 2 begins on February 27, Netflix has revealed. The sci-fi show, based on Richard K Morgan's novels, returns two years after season one was released on Netflix, and this time stars Anthony Mackie instead of Joel Kinnaman as character Takeshi Kovacs.

If you watch the show, you'll already know that's because characters in this universe can trade physical forms, with their consciousness moving between bodies. That process is known as 're-sleeving'. It's no doubt pretty handy if you're a TV producer and want to swap in a shiny new lead actor for your next season.

Here's the teaser Netflix dropped onto Twitter today:

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Mackie is joined by Simone Missick of Luke Cage fame this time around, as well as the returning Chris Conroy as AI Edgar Poe. Altered Carbon was created by Laeta Kalgoridis, co-writer of Alita: Battle Angel. 

In season 2, Kovacs will continue to search for his missing lover, Quellcrist Falconer, played by Renée Elise Goldsberry. Like the first season, expect an unsolved and brutal crime to drive the story, and for this case to coincide with the search for Kovacs' long-lost partner. 

Heavy hitter

Altered Carbon didn't quite crack our list of the best Netflix shows, and among mostly positive reviews for its flashy-looking first season, some called out the show's excessive violence. 

Still, it seems like a good thing that someone is making a big-budget sci-fi show that isn't part of the Star Trek or Star Wars universes in 2020 – see also The Expanse on Amazon Prime Video, which released its fourth season in December, and has a fifth on the way.

Samuel Roberts

Samuel is a PR Manager at game developer Frontier. Formerly TechRadar's Senior Entertainment Editor, he's an expert in Marvel, Star Wars, Netflix shows and general streaming stuff. Before his stint at TechRadar, he spent six years at PC Gamer. Samuel is also the co-host of the popular Back Page podcast, in which he details the trials and tribulations of being a games magazine editor – and attempts to justify his impulsive eBay games buying binges.