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Gamescom 23: CD Projekt Red’s new look at Phantom Liberty showcases a host of Cyberpunk 2077 improvements

A whole new game? Well, almost honestly, as Cyberpunk 2077 is about to get both a massive expansion and a gigantic update.

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It’s not secret at this point that Cyberpunk 2077 didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it dropped onto consoles and PC a few years back. Actually, maybe it did, just not in the way that developer CD Projekt Red wanted. Though the game wasn’t exactly panned by critics or fans, it did play host to more than a few complaints and generally didn’t live up to the massive hype that was unleashed pre-launch.

But all the naysaying didn’t halt work on the game either, and in the years since it first hit, the developer has been hard at work improving it. That’s been a slow and incremental process, but it’s one that’s about to seriously pay off. At least, that’s the idea.

Here’s a look, before we get into the nitty and the gritty:

Watched that? Impressed? Kind of hard not to be, honestly. You probably already know a fair bit about Phantom Liberty, the huge new expansion pack for Cyberpunk 2077 that’s driving all of the action you saw above. It’s not only introducing a new play area and loads of new characters, but also tons of missions, and even new ways to play the game.

That latter bit might be the most interesting part of things too. That’s because it looks like everything outside of the story, locale, and characters will be coming for all players of Cyberpunk, in the form of an update. Yep, the expansion looks to be landing day and date with updates aplenty, and they sound like they’ll spice up the old dystopia nicely.

The Relic skill tree might be the biggest chunk of that, which is a way for players to create all new character builds. That’s in addition to an overhaul of the “police” system, which is meant to make Night City’s finest act more realistic, plus there’s new enemy AI, and all-new vehicular systems to muck around with. Players will be able to hack enemies from the road, and shoot while driving.

That’s all bundled into Update 2.0, which again is a separate thing from Phantom Liberty. Expect to see it all when Phantom Liberty and Update 2.0 drop for Cyberpunk 2077, on September 26th, 2023.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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