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Cyberpunk 2077: Release date, Night City details, and more

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New Cyberpunk 2077 details are here thanks to the latest episode of Night City Wire, and we now know a lot more about our pending arrival in Night City. While the PC crowd will be most excited by the long-awaited arrival of Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements, soon-to-be players on all platforms will enjoy the new details on Night City life and the gangs that run it. CD Projekt Red even launched an official Night City tourism website where you can check out the districts one-by-one, assuming you can make it through all the intentionally obnoxious in-universe ads. 

We've been spoiled for new Cyberpunk 2077 details recently, with a new trailer that shows the game running with some truly gorgeous RTX effects (that neon lighting). In the previous Night City Wire, the studio gave us a look at how your own choice of Cyberpunk 2077 lifepaths will shape your story, they also shared a poll that reveals the early choice for most popular path;

The same presentation offered a deep dive into Cyberpunk 2077 weapons, including the three different main categories of firearms; and a new piece of the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack. You can take a look at our first hands-on preview with the game for some in-depth details. We also have an early look at the Cyberpunk 2077 map, Cyberpunk 2077 classes, the cast and characters of Cyberpunk 2077, and more. Beyond the release date, you can look forward to a generous serving of Cyberpunk 2077 free DLC.

If all that already has you ready to get busy buyin', we can also help you out with a guide to get in your Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order. Otherwise, read on for more info.

Cyberpunk 2077's release is set for November 19

Formerly set for April 16, 2020, then September 17, we now know that the Cyberpunk 2077 release date will fall on November 19. To be fair, we've been waiting since the project was first announced in 2012 to play Cyberpunk 2077, so a few more months probably won't kill us.

Cyberpunk 2077 story trailer sets up your first job

Your first big score in Cyberpunk 2077 sets the scene for the rest of the game, and this trailer sets the scene for that score. In a tight two minutes you're introduced to your jolly (and extremely overconfident) friend Jackie, your new employer Dex DeShauwn, and your mission: score an experimental chip from the biggest corporation in Night City. Sounds simple, right? As we've already seen previously teased, things go very wrong, but the exact way things go down is still a secret - and will probably depend on how you play. However it happens, you'll be spit out into Night City, ready to start your climb to the top with the digital ghost of Keanu Reeves trapped in your head. 

Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer is coming, eventually

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Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer was one of those rumors that flitted in and out of the realm of probability, based on grant applications with the Polish government and a few developer comments. It finally slammed right into the realm of "confirmed but not scheduled" in early September, as CD Projekt Red says it plans to add "some multiplayer action" to the game after it puts out some free DLC and other single-player content. Later, it confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer was going to be a huge addition to the game - we probably shouldn't expect it to arrive until 2022 at the earliest.

Cyberpunk 2077 DLC will be Witcher-like

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Before multiplayer comes around, you can expect Cyberpunk 2077's DLC model taking a similar path as The Witcher 3.  That means there will be a good amount of free updates that add onto the game in the weeks and months following its arrival, and after that there will be bigger - likely paid - expansions that expand the world while moving V's story in new directions. At least, that's what it sounds like so far. CD Projekt Red could always change its mind on the details, even if we have a pretty good idea of the big picture.

 Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay is first-person and very slick 

We got a fresh infusion of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay in August 2019, but you can still go back to the extensive preview CD Projekt Red first showed off at E3 2018. Cyberpunk 2077 uses a first-person perspective to put players firmly in the boots of a low-level gun-for-hire on the futuristic streets of Night City, and it also works well with the game's penchant for fast-paced gunplay. That said, 2077 is far from a straight first-person shooter: dialogue bleeds seamlessly into exploration, hacking and engineering skills can get you all kinds of places you're not supposed to be, and there are even a bunch of non-lethal (or just non-gun) options for fighting. Plus, there is still a bit of third-person during scripted cut scenes and driving around the city. Keep in mind that everything we've seen so far is subject to change, but it's all very promising.

Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements are surprisingly modest

The wait for Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements is finally over, and if you were worried that good PC performance would cost you an arm and a leg, it's encouraging news. CD Projekt Red released both minimum and recommended system requirements at the end of its third Night City Wire broadcast, and they're not bad at all.

Here are the Cyberpunk 2077 minimum system requirements.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 10
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 12
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570k or AMD FX-8310
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • Storage: 70 GB HDD (SSD recommended)

And here are the recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 12
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • Memory: 12GB
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 Fury
  • Storage: 70 GB SSD

Cyberpunk 2077 character creation is broad

You'll be able to create your own character as soon as you start playing Cyberpunk 2077. You'll be able to customize V's face and body in the usual cosmetic ways, but you'll also be able to make some choices that influence the story as well: your character's gender presentation will change things a bit, moreso the background you pick for them. And there are no pre-defined classes, but you will be able to allocate your skills and abilities as you prefer. You can continue to refine and customize your character in the game proper by installing Cyberware to do all kinds of things; a few examples include augmentations that boost your reflexes or give you better tactical awareness in combat.

Cyberpunk 2077's setting is Night City

There's no other place like Night City. Located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco (where the city of Morro Bay is in real life), its six districts span the socioeconomic spectrum from opulence to abject poverty. At the shining top is City Center, where the biggest corporations compete to make the most showy headquarters possible. At the grimy bottom is Pacifica, a distant part of the city that has been partially abandoned and overrun by gangs. In between are the industrial district of Santo Domingo, the tourist-friendly Westbrook, the affluent suburbs of Heywood, and the dense tangle of life and commerce that is Watson. Each zone will span a decent chunk of horizontal real estate, but CDPR says vertical exploration will be just as important. You'll need to go floor-by-floor if you want to discover every corner of Cyberpunk 2077's world.

We have a rundown of the cheapest prices for the standard edition of Cyberpunk 2077 below, if you're ready to put some money down.

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