Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is almost here. September 26 is right around the corner, with the first premium Cyberpunk 2077 DLC set to take you inside a brand new district of Night City – Dogtown. Phantom Liberty has you aligning with Solomon Reed (played by Idris Elba) to rescue the President of the New United States of America. That won't be easy, but thankfully you'll have some new tools at your disposal.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is something of a rebirth. The DLC is essentially intertwined with the Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 patch, which launches on September 21, with the two reworking and revamping the entire core of the game. There are new skill trees and weapons, revitalised cyberware systems, and so much more.
Phantom Liberty has long been one of our most anticipated upcoming CD Projekt Red games as a result. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty looks fantastic and we have details on all the biggest gameplay changes coming, as well as other news and gameplay information, for you below.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty release date
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty release date is set for September 26, 2023. That's when the new premium expansion will launch for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, opening up access to a new area of the map called Dogtown, and its related spy-thriller questline.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty platforms
While Cyberpunk 2077 is available on all platforms, the Phantom Liberty expansion will have a more limited release. Come September 26, Phantom Liberty will only be available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X. That's due to last-gen support of Cyberpunk 2077 being phased out with Patch 1.6, a result of CD Projekt Red pushing for wide-scale evolutions of its core mechanics and systems.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty price
The Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty price has been set at $29.99/£24.99. That's the standalone price for the expansion, although CDPR will be issuing bundles which encompass the base game and new content. On PC, you can collect the full package for $79.99/74.99 on PC and console.
Our Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty review is live, and we found the first expansion to Night City to be "the culmination of CD Projekt Red's efforts to right the wrongs of a challenging launch." The premium DLC package pairs nicely with the changes introduced in Patch 2.0 to build an experience that is undoubtedly one of the best RPGs on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty gameplay
There are big changes coming to the core Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty gameplay experience. If you played the base game, you're in for a big surprise here. CDPR is launching a free 2.0 patch to all players on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X on September 21, with effectively ever core system and mechanic reworked. Here's what's available for all, and what's arriving as part of the Phantom Liberty expansion:
Cyberpunk 2077 patch 2.0 gameplay changes:
- Redesigned skill trees and perks
- Revamped Cyberware and new capacity system
- Vehicle combat and care chaces
- Combat AI improvements
- New police system
- UI and UX improvements
- Loot, items, and crafting changes
- New radio stations
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty gameplay changes
- Dogtown – a dangerous new district
- New storyline and characters
- New quests, gigs, boss fights, and more
- Vehicle missions and airdrops
- New Relic skill tree and abilities
- 100+ new items, weapons, cars, and clothes
- Vehicle missile launchers
- Level cap increased to 60
Cyberpunk 2077 patch 2.0 release date
Much of the biggest gameplay changes coming to the game are being routed through a free update available to all players, regardless of whether you plan on buying Phantom Liberty or not. The Cyberpunk 2077 patch 2.0 update release date is set for September 21, and this will introduce overhauled skill trees, a new UI, reworked wanted and traffic systems, and a revamp to everything from Cyberware to core combat mechanics.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty gameplay preview
From our time with Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, we found the experience to be less of an expansion and more a rebirth. That's because it's difficult to separate the Phantom Liberty content from what's arriving in the 2.0 patch, with the two combining to create something pretty astounding. You can read more in our Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty gameplay preview.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty characters
During The Game Awards 2022, a new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer gave us an exciting new look a the upcoming expansion. With Phantom Liberty set to take us on espionage mission in what will be a "spy-thriller", we'll be working alongside none other than Idris Elba. Yes, Elba will stepping into the Cyberpunk 2077 world as Solomon Reed, an FIA agent who works for the NUSA. Oh, and if you're wondering who Keanu Reeves will play in Phantom Liberty, he's reprising his popular NPC role of Johnny Silverhand.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty setting
The Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty setting will take us to an all-new district of Night City. Game director Gabriel Amatangelo says that the expansion "primarily takes places" in a previously unexplored area – which speculation had previously suggested to be the Pacifica Combat Zone. This area is part of the southwestern block of the map and remains one of the most dangerous areas of Night City, having been walled off from the rest of Pacifica before construction of the district was even completed.
In fact, if you linger around in Coastview for long enough, you may even hear some concerned citizens whispering rumors about the NCPD disposing of dangerous criminals behind the combat zone walls. There are two collectable Shards in Cyberpunk 2077 that hint toward further strife within the Pacifica Combat Zone, noting the presence of an armed militia and General who doesn't take kindly to scavengers.
With CDPR teasing that Phantom Liberty will be a "spy-thriller expansion", and with the trailer showing V reciting a pledge allegiance to the New United States of America (no friend to Pacifica, if history tells us anything), expect infiltration and espionage to be on the cards here.
Based on our Phantom Liberty preview during Summer Game Fest 2023, all of the above speculation does in fact appear to have panned out. Phantom Liberty will specifically see V and friends explore this deadly walled area of Night City, known as Dogtown.
Cyberpunk 2077 radio stations
Cyberpunk 2077 will feature a brand new radio station, which is notable because it will feature music created by members of the community. 89.7 Growl FM will contain 12-to-15 tracks submitted by Cyberpunk 2077 players, and Night City's independent community radio station will be hosted by DJ ASH, voiced by influencer Sasha Grey.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty development
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is the only "planned" expansion that CDPR is preparing for its RPG. This was first hinted at in some correspondence around the September Night City Wire showcase, and was later confirmed by CDPR's global PR director Radek Grabowski in a statement to Polygon: "I can confirm that Phantom Liberty is the only planned expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 – i.e. there are no plans for more expansions beyond that."
As for the support CDPR is throwing behind Phantom Liberty, we know that roughly half of the studio is working on the expansion. As for what the other half is doing, we know that many are currently involved in pre-production of The Witcher 4, although there's plenty of other upcoming CD Projekt Red games in various stages of development too.
One of the most exciting is Cyberpunk Orion, which CDPR says is a "Cyberpunk 2077 sequel that will prove the full power and potential of the Cyberpunk universe." There's no release date available for this project, but it's expected to launch after The Witcher 4: Polaris and before Project Hadar, a new IP outside of the Witcher and Cyberpunk franchises that's currently in the conceptual phase of development.
Cyberpunk 2077 sequel
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is one of the many game in development at CDPR. We know the studio is working on The Witcher 4 (and two games to follow, forming a new sega) and a brand new IP, codenamed Project Hadar. But CDPR is also developing a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, codenamed Project Orion. The studio says this of the mysterious initiative: "A Cyberpunk 2077 sequel that will prove the full power and potential of the Cyberpunk universe," adding that it plans to "take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark fantasy universe."
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