Cyberpunk 2077 has actually had a protracted, unusual journey from being completely busted at launch to moderately playable at this time. Debates rage on as as to if it will probably ever ship on all of the pre-launch hype CD Projekt Purple generated, however quickly the sport will get one other likelihood to impress with the one-two punch of a sweeping model 2.0 replace and the September 26 launch of its solely paid growth, Phantom Liberty. However which upcoming options are free, and which would require you to shell out for the DLC? We are able to lastly shed some mild on that.
That’s as a result of at this time the game’s official Twitter tweeted a graphic that lays out, in no unsure phrases, which modifications will likely be out there as a part of the sport’s 2.0 replace, and which would require shopping for the Phantom Liberty growth. As of this writing, the two.0 replace doesn’t have a launch date, however it can launch earlier than the $30 Phantom Liberty does on September 26. Typically, the patch appears to be like to be principally systemic and quality-of-life modifications, whereas the growth is bringing new content material on prime of these sweeping fixes and tweaks.
So, which new options will you get free of charge, and that are solely within the paid DLC? Learn on.
Options within the free Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 replace
All PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Sequence X/S Cyberpunk 2077 gamers will get pleasure from the next new options free of charge, at any time when the two.0 replace hits. (Sadly the PS4 and Xbox One obtained their final main patch with final yr’s version 1.6 “Edgerunners” update.)
Redesigned ability timber and perks
After we performed Phantom Liberty throughout Summer time Recreation Fest, CD Projekt Purple frolicked extolling the various coming quality-of-life modifications, like a cleaner, extra readable UI. However extra systemic gameplay modifications, together with redesigned ability timber and an entire overhaul of the cyberware system, look like they’ll change the sport up in additional important methods.
The redesigned ability timber, based mostly on my time with them in that demo, really feel like they’ll assist to craft a extra outlined playstyle to your V. The character I performed within the demo was melee-based, with highly effective hand-to-hand finishers and the power to deflect bullets. That’s solely one of many deliberate new ability timber, and it’s in contrast to something within the base recreation proper now. Evidently, you’ll need to respec when the two.0 replace launches.
Only one caveat to notice: The brand new “Relic” ability tree, about which extra under, will solely be included within the paid growth.
Revamped cyberware and new capability system
Now solely is your primary character construct evolving, but in addition the way you increase it. The revamped Cyberware system lets you principally put your tech augments into overdrive to make them extra highly effective, however that may include drawbacks in the event you’re not cautious. Whereas it gained’t fairly attain the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime’s portrayal of cyberpsychosis, you possibly can anticipate some extra threat and reward in the way you increase V after patch 2.0.
Car fight and automotive chases
In Cyberpunk 2077 you spend numerous time driving round Evening Metropolis, however the base recreation doesn’t allow you to do a lot else with all of the vehicles and bikes you gather. The two.0 replace is including fight sequences—V can hearth a sidearm out the window, or function a turret constructed into the automotive—in addition to extra automotive chases within the open world. The sport already had just a few chases, however solely in pre-scripted sequences. This new system appears to make them a naturally occurring occasion throughout the world.
Fight AI enhancements
Cyberpunk 2077 was just about an easy taking pictures gallery more often than not, however the 2.0 replace goals to make its fight extra dynamic by overhauling enemy AI and techniques. This may embody issues like making enemies higher at taking cowl and giving them new melee assaults that make them extra deadly up shut.
New police system
The two.0 replace claims it can make the punishment to your crimes extra extreme than a easy firefight and a attainable automotive chase, with the risk scaling relying on the severity of your crimes. This contains giving cops heavier artiliery to cope with you relying on how unhealthy you’ve been. In the event you maintain racking up violations and attain the utmost “Warmth” stage (assume GTA), you’ll need to face a MaxTac miniboss encounter. In the event you’ve seen Edgerunners, who already know why that’s very unhealthy information.
UI and UX enhancements
Cyberpunk 2077’s unique UI is a bit exhausting to learn. It’s stylized to seem like a HUD a cybernetic-enhanced mercenary may need, however that’s not precisely straightforward on our real-life human eyes. The two.0 replace is revamping it to be a bit extra modern, clear, and never as disruptive.
Loot, gadgets, and crafting modifications
The two.0 replace can be bringing new loot and tools, in addition to modifications to the crafting system which helps you to make new weapons, garments, and different gadgets so that you can carry round Evening Metropolis.
New radio stations (together with Group Radio Station Growl FM)
When you’re partaking in all that automotive fight, Cyberpunk 2077 can be getting new radio stations to hearken to, which may even embody one made up of songs from the neighborhood chosen as part of a contest earlier this year.
Options solely within the paid Phantom Liberty DLC
All that 2.0 replace stuff sounds fairly good, however that gained’t get you all the brand new content material and options. You’ll need to shell out 30 bucks if you wish to get pleasure from the next new additions to Evening Metropolis.
Dogtown – a harmful new district
The majority of Phantom Liberty takes place in Dogtown, a brand new space close to Evening Metropolis’s Pacifica district. You gained’t be capable to entry the brand new area with out shopping for the growth, and also you additionally gained’t be capable to attain it till you attain the Pacifica part of the primary recreation. So you’ll want to get that out of the best way earlier than September 26.
Model-new storyline and characters
All these systemic modifications are superb and nicely, however the large draw of Phantom Liberty is the spy thriller storyline that includes Luther and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 actor Idris Elba as new character Solomon Reed. Naturally, this can solely be out there in the event you purchase the growth.
New quests, gigs, boss fights, and extra
Alongside the primary quest, Dogtown will likely be dwelling to different quests, fights, and different antics for V to stand up to in Phantom Liberty.
Autos missions and airdrops – ‘infinite dynamic occasions’
With the two.0 patch’s overhaul to automobiles, naturally Phantom Liberty will likely be seeking to spotlight these modifications. This may embody new missions, together with airdrops, which are supposed to be endlessly replayable, in accordance with the devs we spoke to at Summer time Recreation Fest. We’ll see about that.
All-new Relic ability tree and skills
A part of the story in Phantom Liberty facilities round a personality named Songbird, who claims that she will save V from the Relic of their head that’s slowly killing them. A part of this contains unlocking the Relic’s potential, thus opening up a brand new ability tree that’s solely upgradable utilizing Relic Factors present in Dogtown.
100+ new gadgets – weapons, cyberware, vehicles, and trend
In the event you weren’t already overwhelmed by all of the loot and such you possibly can gather within the base recreation, Phantom Liberty is supplying you with extra loot to place in your pack. This contains new trend, so I will likely be serving lewks all through Dogtown whereas doing spy shit.
Car missile launchers
No automotive chase or car fight overhaul is full with out mounting an explosive onto the entrance of your automotive.
Degree cap elevated to 60
Cyberpunk 2077’s stage cap proper now’s 50, so on prime of respeccing your V with the brand new ability timber, you’ll be capable to acquire one other 10 ranges whilst you struggle your manner via Phantom Liberty’s new story and quests.
It looks as if CD Projekt Purple goes all out for Phantom Liberty, which is sensible contemplating that it’s the sport’s solely deliberate growth for Cyberpunk 2077. The studio is engaged on a sequel as nicely, however that recreation is probably going a really, very great distance away.