Cyberpunk 2077 is FINALLY HAPPENING! It’s felt like a million years since we were last teased CD Projekt Red’s new title. Although to be fair most of those years was just in this year. But finally, if the video game gods are feeling generous Cyberpunk 2077 will be released in a couple of days on the 10th of December.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been in the works since 2012 and was supposed to originally release this year on April 16th 2020. It was then further delayed to September and now finally it’s coming out in December. The game is CD Projekt Red’s first foray into a title outside of The Witcher franchise. While both games don’t look vastly different from each other they are both story-driven open-world RPGs. One taking place in medieval fantasy land and another in a futuristic sci-fi world. If you haven’t played the original tabletop game Cyberpunk that Cyberpunk 2077 is based on. Then have no fear because we’re here to fill you in on everything about Night City and all the game mechanics that we know so far.
About Night City
Based on the pen and paper tabletop game Cyberpunk by Mike Pondsmith. Night City is a bustling megalopolis of over 6 million inhabitants situated in the Free State of Northern California. It’s 2077, seven years after the Unification War spread across America, and let’s just say that things aren’t looking pretty. Night City has just been voted “the worst place to live” on the continent, yet where some people fear danger, others see opportunity.
In this world, everyone is hooked up to the Net. Thanks to cybernetic enhancements, its inhabitants can access the omnipresent Net almost any time they want and they can also modify their bodies in countless ways, making it a lethal weapon or simply a fashion statement.
Night City is surrounded by the inhospitable Badlands, and the town is divided into six districts, each one with its own unique background and architecture. In Night City the government has essentially collapsed, and it’s every man, woman, and child out for themselves. Corporations have taken over the town and are in open warfare, while cybernetic enhanced gangs fight over territory.
Main Character – V (that’s you!)
Cyberpunk 2077 will have you taking control of V a mercenary working their way up the criminal career ladder. Your player is highly customisable from body type to voice and there are numerous aesthetic options for hair, tattoos etc.
You can choose to begin V’s story on a chosen life path that will affect your opening section of the game. There are three life paths to choose from – Street Kid, Nomad, or Corpo. While all three paths converge after this lengthy prologue, there will forever be advantages and disadvantages to each approach. Each Lifepath unlocks unique dialogue options that can alter how quests play out. All three lifepaths will also run into different gangs that control chunks of the expansive city.
In terms of V’s stat upgrades, there are three skill trees that you can choose to specialise in from the – Netrunner, Techie, and Solo. Depending on how you will approach quests, combat, dialogue, and the world of Cyberpunk 2077, in general, will dictate which path you go down. Will you become a renowned high-tech ninja assassin or terrifying heavy gun wielder?
The Story (Slight Spoilers)
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A little story introduction for Cyberpunk 2077 without too many spoilers. V begins the game working as a mercenary for a fixer named Dexter DeShawn. A fixer is someone who handles odd jobs ranging from kidnappings to assassinations provided the price is right. In one of your assignments, everything goes terribly wrong. You steal an incredibly valuable prototype biochip, but its sealed container is damaged, and the only way to safely preserve it is by inserting it into your head. However, it also happens to come with the “digitized soul” of Johnny Silverhand (Keanu Reeves). Inside this chip is Silverhand’s consciousness – and, quite possibly, the key to immortality.
Over the course of the game you’ll be fending off hackers who want to jack into your brain, ruthless gang leaders who want to use you and throw you away, and a covert government agency called NetWatch whose motives will remain a mystery. In order to unlock the secrets to the biochip, you’ll have to meet up with Alt Cunningham, the most legendary net runner of all-time. The only problem? She’s dead.
But her consciousness lives on the web and you’ll need to do whatever it takes to track her down – including, but not limited to, befriending or eliminating leaders of the biggest gangs in Night City.