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Cyberpunk 2077 senior quest designer clarifies fantasy creature summons information is "incorrect"

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Update: CD Projekt Red's senior quest designer Philipp Weber has responded to the Reddit post on Twitter (opens in new tab) to clarify that the information provided is based on a mistranslation and is therefore incorrect. The Redditor behind the post also took to Twitter to apologize for the mistake (opens in new tab)

Weber also said that (opens in new tab) while more details can't be given about how the systems in Cyberpunk 2077 will actually work, it seems likely that we can expect to get more information during the upcoming Night City Wire event on June 24. The Reddit post (opens in new tab) has been updated since it was initially posted to reflect Weber's clarification, with a "solid translation" alongside the original German quote. The confusion appears to come from a discussion about the fantasy elements and features in the game, during which Cyberspace is described as being a "bit like Skyrim meets Tron."   

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Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) is full-on sci-fi, but its hacking elements could bring in some fantastical heroes and monsters in a novel way.

The new info comes to us via a rather byzantine route, from GameStar magazine's premium podcast (in German) to a fan translation (opens in new tab) on Reddit (spotted by Video Games Chronicle (opens in new tab)), so there are many chances for detail to have been lost in the translation. However circuitous, it's a fascinating insight into the game - and thus worth taking with a few handfuls of salt.

According to the translation, when main character V enters cyberspace, they'll be able to summon 'fantasy-RPG-like creatures and warriors'. Not just for fun, of course - they'll be visual representations of tools that you can use in the virtual world to aid your efforts or attack other hackers (netrunners, to use the parlance of the game). After all, if you have complete mastery over your high-tech digital world, why wouldn't you summon forth wizards and unicorns to do your bidding?

The translation also states that the melee combat system we've seen in previous trailers has been greatly improved. So if you were worried about lackluster fisticuffs (or mantis-arm blade-icuffs) bringing down your enjoyment of the Night City life, you should be ready to give it a second chance in the game proper.

We don't have much longer to wait until our next official update from CD Projekt Red. The Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire event is set to air on June 25, after being delayed from June 11 to make room for more important conversations.

While we wait to hear more, you can check out this jaw-dropping video of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage upscaled to 8K. 

Heather Wald
Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.