CD Projekt Red’s recent Deep Dive video for Cyberpunk 2077 contained a lot of detail about the game, adding to what we know since our last roundup. The video portrayed the customizability of Cyberpunk, the different playstyles which could be adopted, and background about Pacifica.
There’s a lot going on throughout the video, and we’ve rounded up the key items here.
Choose your past
The video shows 3 character classes to choose from: Street Kid, Nomad, and Corporate. The video gives a description for each.
Street Kid: “They say if you wanna understand the streets, you gotta live 'em. Gangs, fixers, dolls, small-time pushers — you were raised by them all. Down here the law of the jungle dictates the weak serve the strong — the only law in Night City you have yet to break.”
Nomad: “Roaming the Badlands, looting scrapyards, raiding fuel depots — life on the road wasn’t easy. But growing up in a nomad clan has its perks. Honesty, integrity, and a love of freedom — qualities that few in Night City possess, and no amount of money can buy.”
Corporate: “Few leave the corporate world with their lives — fewer still with their souls intact. You’ve been there — you’ve bent the rules, exploited secrets, and weaponized information. There’s no such thing as a fair game, only winners and losers.”
The player’s choice will unlock different options at different points in the story. For example, the video shows an example of a special “Streetkid” dialogue option coming up in conversation.
Choose your V
In Cyberpunk, you choose your body , appearance , and attributes along with your life path. CDPR have made changes to the initial character creation. In an interview with Metro, senior concept artist Marthe Jonkers stated that “you don’t choose your gender anymore. You don’t choose, ‘I want to be a female or male character’ you now choose a body type. Because we want you to feel free to create any character you want. So you choose your body type and we have two voices, one that’s male sounding, one is female sounding. You can mix and match.” As for attributes, there seems to be arage to choose from: Body, Intelligence, Reflexes, Technical, and Cool. As stated before, the game doesn’t have a fixed class system but a fluid one, allowing players to choose from range of abilities. In other words, you can create any “hybrid class you can imagine”.
Pacifica is 1 of the 6 districts in Night City. Initially intended to be an area for tourists, Pacifica deteriorated after investors pulled their funding, becoming a violent district dominated by gang wars. The district’s sign features an image of what Paifica was intended to be, and is a stark contrast to the murky world behind it. Walking will not be the best or safest way to traverse Pacifica: fast motorbikes or armored cars are recommended instead. Pacifica does have some attraction for V, however, as its traders can sell everything from rare equipment to illegal cyberware. Different clothing can apparently be bought here, as the video shows V hovering between the Samurai Jacket and a plainer Hoodie. The inventory screen which comes up afterwards shows that shoes, jeans, jackets and t-shirts will most likely be changeable, whilst two empty boxes above imply that headgear of some sort will play a part. The inventory screen also shows some more player stats, such as health, physical resistance and resistance to thermal, chemical, and electrical factors.
Different Player Builds
The quest shown in the video highlights 2 player builds and 2 styles of playthrough. The quest revolves around V having to infiltrate the Grand Imperial Mall for the Voodoo Boys. The mall has been overtaken by the Animals, who have their hands on some tech which the Voodoo Boys want. The video shows how the Netrunner and Solo builds allow the quest to be completed in different ways.
Netrunner is “a playstyle taking frequent advantage of stealth tactics, hacking, and battlefield control achieved using malicious software”. Netrunner allows you to scan your surroundings and “hack into enemy tech”; for example, overriding the weights an Animal is using so that they crush him. Netrunners use their Cyberdeck to breach Access Points and gain control of devices in a particular network. As the video shows, can then choose between quickly hacking the security camera, overriding a training-bot to make a distraction, and hacking the implants of enemies. The fact that basically everything in Cyberpunk is connected to a network and therefore hackable makes Netrunner an intriguing choice.
Strong Solo is “a character who focuses on employing blunt force and taking instant action”, and prefer guns and strength. To get to the tech, V has to get past a lot of weapons and enemies. The Solo build allows the player to forcibly remove a weapon from a turret and “give the Animals a taste of their own medicine”. The Solo build allows V to force doors open, use enemies as human shields and “gain access to powerful melee combat cyberware”.
Pacifica is home to may gangs, 2 of which are featured in the video: the Vodooo Boys and the Animals.
The Voodoo Boys are “highly skilled netrunners”, and apparently are Pacifica’s top gang. It seems that V will be aligned with them, at least temporarily. The gameplay in the video depicts V working for Placide, an important figure within the Voodoo Boys. This gang has close ties to the Haitian community, which was established in Pacifica in the 2060’s after natural disasters forced them from their homes. When V sides with the Voodoo Boyos, they are synced with their subnet. This apparently makes V a “vessel”, and Placide can then hear and see whatever V does. Presumably, this is how Placide can stay in contact during missions. But siding with the Voodoo Boys won’t be easy: first, V must prove their worth.
The Animals are enemies of the Voodoo Boys. They utilize a more direct approach to things, seeming to prefer combat to netrunning. They make use of melee-combat implants, and their favorite drink is Juice, a strength and speed enhancer. They are apparently much sought-after as bouncers and are experts at street-level businesses such as controlling illegal substances and prize fights. Their current leader in the gameplay video is a woman named Sasquatch.
It seems that there’ll be yet more antagonists, however. The video mentions that the “Corpos” and “NetWatch” see everything. NetWatch is an organization trying to “protect people from AI anarchy originating from beyond the Blackwall,” and are therefore natural enemies of the Voodoo Boys, who want to contact the free AIs. One figure which may or may not be on your side is Johnny Silverhand, the “rebel Rockerboy”. He seems to be an ever-present constant companion living inside your mind, but his allegiances are questionable. As in The Witcher 3, it seems that fast-time dialogue choices will feature. In the video, Placide grabs V’s hand, leaving them with a brief amount of time to choose either to question it or pull their hand away.
CDPR stress that their video “contains work-in-progress gameplay” which is “potentially subject to change.” Overall, though, the more that’s shown of Cyberpunk 2077,the more exciting it looks. Cyberpunk 2077 will release on April 16th next year.