As CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 slowly inches towards its release date of 19 November 2020, more details and informative nuggets about the game are surfacing to generate even more hype. The first episode of Night City Wire showcased the Braindance feature that allows you to become a cool VR detective, alongside an official announcement of an anime spin-off series titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
Building upon the momentum, the second episode brought fans more comprehensive look at the Lifepaths mechanic, designed to introduce a greater sense of freedom and customisation. Players will have to choose between three character origin stories: Corpo, Nomad, or Street Kid, all of which come with their own set of personality in tow. For some, the choice won’t be an easy one.
The extensive character creation options (fluid gender options and pubic hair customisation, oh my) in Cyberpunk 2077 would also make it all too fun and tempting to create an existing character to fit in each route. Corpo, for instance, is reminiscent of Bruce Wayne (but evil, of course), while Nomad exudes the vibes of drifting outlaws, such as Red Dead Redemption‘s Arthur Morgan. Street Kid, meanwhile, seems to complement the cool, devil-may-care vigilante-of-sorts type – Cowboy Bebop‘s Spike and Dante from Devil May Cry come to mind.
Accompanying the video for Lifepaths is a preview of selected weapons in action. The Tools of Destruction trailer showed off a series of tech weapons, firearms, melee weapons, and cyberware wrecking devastation and havoc in Night City, including a double-barrel shotgun, a shiny, sexy katana, a sledge hammer, and Mantis blades. Plus, that banger of a background music? A delightful, delicious bonus.
Rounding off the the stream is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the music production process that brought the in-game chrome rock legends SAMURAI to life. Expect plenty of raspy lyrical shouting, head-banging punk rhythms, and majestic, outstanding tunes as you explore and fight through Night City.
Night City Wire Episode 2 lasted only 25 minutes, but it certainly did not compromise on quality of content shown. Prior to this, there was already much to be excited for, and it seems the hype train only continues to pick up speed with each new piece of information. A date has not been announced for Episode 3, although the team assures that it will premiere “soon”.
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