Cyberpunk 2077 has actually had an extended, unusual journey from being completely busted at launch to fairly playable right now. Debates rage on as as to whether it may possibly ever ship on all of the pre-launch hype CD Projekt Crimson generated, however quickly the sport will get one other probability 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 right now the sport’s official Twitter tweeted a graphic that lays out, in no unsure phrases, which modifications can be accessible 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’s going to launch earlier than the $30 Phantom Liberty does on September 26. Usually, the patch seems to be to be principally systemic and quality-of-life modifications, whereas the growth is bringing new content material on high of these sweeping fixes and tweaks.
So, which new options will you get totally free, 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 Collection X/S Cyberpunk 2077 gamers will take pleasure in the next new options totally free, each time the two.0 replace hits. (Sadly the PS4 and Xbox One acquired their final main patch with final yr’s model 1.6 “Edgerunners” replace.)
Redesigned ability timber and perks
Once we performed Phantom Liberty throughout Summer season Sport Fest, CD Projekt Crimson frolicked extolling the numerous 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, seem to be 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 not like something within the base sport proper now. Evidently, you’ll wish 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 fundamental character construct evolving, but additionally the way you increase it. The revamped Cyberware system means that you can mainly put your tech augments into overdrive to make them extra highly effective, however that can include drawbacks in the event you’re not cautious. Whereas it received’t fairly attain the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime’s portrayal of cyberpsychosis, you’ll be able to anticipate some extra threat and reward in the way you increase V after patch 2.0.
Car fight and automobile chases
In Cyberpunk 2077 you spend quite a lot of time driving round Evening Metropolis, however the base sport 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 fireplace a sidearm out the window, or function a turret constructed into the automobile—in addition to extra automobile chases within the open world. The sport already had a number of 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 capturing 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’s going to make the punishment to your crimes extra extreme than a easy firefight and a potential automobile chase, with the risk scaling relying on the severity of your crimes. This consists of giving cops heavier artiliery to take care of you relying on how unhealthy you’ve been. For those who hold racking up violations and attain the utmost “Warmth” degree (suppose GTA), you’ll must face a MaxTac miniboss encounter. For those who’ve seen Edgerunners, who already know why that’s very unhealthy information.
UI and UX enhancements
Cyberpunk 2077’s unique UI is a bit laborious to learn. It’s stylized to appear like a HUD a cybernetic-enhanced mercenary might 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 smooth, clear, and never as disruptive.
Loot, gadgets, and crafting modifications
The two.0 replace can also 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 automobile fight, Cyberpunk 2077 can also be getting new radio stations to hearken to, which may even embody one made up of songs from the group chosen as a part of a contest earlier this yr.
Options solely within the paid Phantom Liberty DLC
All that 2.0 replace stuff sounds fairly good, however that received’t get you all the brand new content material and options. You’ll must shell out 30 bucks if you wish to take pleasure in 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 received’t have the ability to entry the brand new house with out shopping for the growth, and also you additionally received’t have the ability to attain it till you attain the Pacifica part of the primary sport. So make sure you get that out of the way in which earlier than September 26.
Model-new storyline and characters
All these systemic modifications are effective 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 accessible in the event you purchase the growth.
New quests, gigs, boss fights, and extra
Alongside the primary quest, Dogtown can be residence to different quests, fights, and different antics for V to rise up to in Phantom Liberty.
Autos missions and airdrops – ‘countless dynamic occasions’
With the two.0 patch’s overhaul to automobiles, naturally Phantom Liberty can be seeking to spotlight these modifications. This may embody new missions, together with airdrops, which are supposed to be endlessly replayable, based on the devs we spoke to at Summer season Sport Fest. We’ll see about that.
All-new Relic ability tree and talents
A part of the story in Phantom Liberty facilities round a personality named Songbird, who claims that she will be able to save V from the Relic of their head that’s slowly killing them. A part of this consists of 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
For those who weren’t already overwhelmed by all of the loot and such you’ll be able to gather within the base sport, Phantom Liberty is providing you with extra loot to place in your pack. This consists of new trend, so I can be serving lewks all through Dogtown whereas doing spy shit.
Car missile launchers
No automobile chase or car fight overhaul is full with out mounting an explosive onto the entrance of your automobile.
Degree cap elevated to 60
Cyberpunk 2077’s degree cap proper now could be 50, so on high of respeccing your V with the brand new ability timber, you’ll have the ability to achieve one other 10 ranges when you battle your manner by way of Phantom Liberty’s new story and quests.
It looks as if CD Projekt Crimson goes all out for Phantom Liberty, which is smart contemplating that it’s the sport’s solely deliberate growth for Cyberpunk 2077. The studio is engaged on a sequel as nicely, however that sport is probably going a really, very good distance away.