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Cyberpunk 2077 Update 2.1 announced for next week


CD Projekt Red has revealed what’s included in Cyberpunk 2077 update 2.1, an unexpected patch arriving on December 5 alongside the Ultimate Edition.

Revealed during a Twitch stream, Cyberpunk 2077 producer Monika Janowska and quest director Paweł Sasko, alongside community managers Amelia Kołat and Alicja Kozera, announced that the patch would include the much-requested subway system.

The original Cyberpunk 2077 trailer featured the subway system, alongside the Phantom Liberty cinematic trailer, so CD Projekt Red ultimately decided to add it, Sasko said.

Players can travel between 19 subway stations which can be used either as a fast travel point or as a proper subway ride experience (which can be skipped at any time). There are five subway lines operating in Night City which can be found on their own map. The subway system will only be accessible after the game’s Konpeki Plaza sequence, when players will receive a call from the subway director.

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“Our goal, when we wanted, was to make sure that players had a way to really be in the world and travel around the world in an immersive way,” Sasko said. “This is designed to be a role-playing feature.”

The update will also bring the possibility of carrying a radio and therefore listening to the different Cyberpunk 2077 radio stations even outside of a vehicle. There are some limitations, in that players can’t listen to it during dialogue or with scripted music, but in those cases the radio will click as if to turn off and not kill the immersion.

CD Projekt Red also announced improvements to upcoming boss fights based on Cyberpunk 2077, including that of Adam Smasher. This villain has been the focus of fan complaints for years, as players compared his abilities in the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime with those in the game. The fight, which is supposedly among the most intense in the game, became a meme , with players finding ways to cheese Smasher and destroy him with ease.

Car races will also soon be replayable, meaning the three races available through Claire Russell’s questline will no longer be the only races in Cyberpunk 2077. Players must complete these three races first, but they will then be contacted by the race organizer and will be able to burn rubber while they see. Winning races will grant players discounts on the Auto Fixer website, meaning they can get new vehicles for less.

CD Projekt Red even adds more vehicles, including five motorcycles and Johnny Silverhand’s original Porsche 911. Although details are currently slim, Sasko suggested that this new car will be unlocked through a brand new quest. Also on the car front, CD Projekt Red adds impromptu car chases when certain gangs seek revenge for choices the player has made, and enemies that detect the player stealing a car for car theft missions. car will also chase the player.

Motorcycle mechanics are also improved, with wheelies, flips, tilts, and more all added to Cyberpunk 2077. Players can also throw knives and axes from motorcycles as of update 2.1. The previously blocked portion of the highway in Night City, which allowed players to pass but had no traffic, has now been redeveloped into a fully functional, busy road.

The developer has also revamped its accessibility options, adding a dedicated menu in Cyberpunk 2077. All previous accessibility settings have been moved here, along with new features such as disabling the timer in the minigame of hacking and much more. A full description of the revamped accessibility options will be released soon, CD Projekt Red said.

The developer has made it clear that not everything will be coming in the new patch, with the full notes being released sometime before its launch. CD Projekt Red showed off other features, including romantic partner hangouts and more.

Update 2.0, arriving alongside the Phantom Liberty expansion in September, was expected to be the last big patch for Cyberpunk 2077 until CD Projekt Red announced in November 2023 that the Ultimate Edition would also launch alongside a new update, update 2.1.

As for update 2.0, it laid the foundation for the new Cyberpunk 2077 experience, completely revamping the game with features like a new perk system and improved AI. It also put to rest an Elon Musk fan theory, a reference to auto racing legend Ken Block, and bizarre additions to the game’s biggest mystery.

Surprisingly, CD Projekt even included a way for players to opt out of the paid expansion’s events altogether, with some dialogue options permanently locking missions.

In our 9/10 review, IGN said: “Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty completes a huge turnaround for CD Projekt Red’s upcoming RPG launched with the anime spin-off, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and its latest 2.0 update. »

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance journalist for IGN. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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