With its dystopian nature, cyber-heavy landscape, and seedy underworld, Night City in Cyberpunk 2077 is a hacker’s dream. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about hacking in Cyberpunk 2077.
Set in a dystopian future, Cyberpunk 2077 embraces technology as the cure for all issues. Implants, chips, cybernetics. You name it, Night City has it.
Naturally, all this technology leaves the door open to skillful hackers to exploit. In Cyberpunk 2077, the Netrunner class are the natural hackers and are perfect for a less-violent approach to life in Night City.
Hacking goes far beyond simply accessing computers, so read on for our full guide to Hacking in the game.
Hacking skill in Cyberpunk 2077
Players that choose the Netrunner path will have the best odds of becoming a successful hacker. It’s unclear, however, whether this will be an attribute that is only accessible by this class.
Hacking abilities are leveled up by progressing through the game. The ‘intelligence’ attribute has the closest tie to the hacking skill. Attributes dictate the upper-level limit of skills that fall underneath their category: E.G if intelligence is level 5, you can only reach level 5 of the hacking skill.
Players also need to put their skills to good use. They need to be used ‘in the field’ in order to practice and level them up, with more actions being unlocked as you progress.
Hacking characters in Cyberpunk 2077
Since there are so many cybernetic implants and enhancements in the game, players can manipulate this technology through hacking.
Once skilled enough, players are able to hack into individual cybernetics – arms, legs and other prosthetics are all fair game in Night City.
This unusual skill will no doubt prove useful throughout the course of the game, with the ability to control the enemy’s features to end fights before they even begin.
Infiltrating networks in Cyberpunk 2077
Of course, no hacking ability would be complete without being able to infiltrate systems from the outside. Security systems are rife in Night City, and a skilled hacker is able to exploit them for their own personal gain.
To hack into an access point, players must complete a hacking ‘mini-game.’ The difficulty of the game will reflect the level of the access point that is being breached. Mini-games will get more difficult as the access points level up. Through this, they will also open up more options within the hack itself.
Once breached, players will have access to a range of networks. Of course, the basic surveillance systems will be able to be used to locate enemies, but hacking goes much further than this.
In the ‘Deep Dive’ video preview of Cyberpunk 2077, we see a Netrunner hacking a boxing robot, which then proceeded to pummel its opponent. Being able to control robots from afar gives players a way to complete missions from afar. This would work great for a pacifist or no-kill playthrough.
Quickhacks and Daemons
Thankfully, players won’t need to go through the tricky access point mini-game every time they want to hack. Once access has been gained via the initial hack, players will be able to ‘quickhack’ any items on that particular system.
For example, they will be able to hack a security turret to turn on its own men, or perhaps command a sentry to change course to remain undetected.
Daemons are another useful feature within the Cyberpunk world. Players are able to upload commands (Daemons) to systems in the same fashion as quickhacks. Examples of this would be to issue a ‘shutdown’ command to enemy cyberware, or to cause malfunctions in generic machinery, creating distractions.
Performing quickhacks and using Daemons consumes Cyberdeck energy, so anyone wanting to be a master hacker needs this skill.
Hacking in Cyberpunk 2077 can also be used to hitch a ride in Night City. Most vehicles you encounter will have a built-in chip, known as an SID. Essentially the Cyberpunk equivalent of keys, you can’t access, drive, or hack a vehicle without a matching SID chip.
However, this is where hackers can gain an advantage. Alongside accessing security systems and cybernetics, players can also hack parked vehicles to gain access.
Once accessed, players can either drive it or upload malware. Unfortunately, however, players are not able to keep any stolen vehicles.
With its release date now scheduled for December 10, there will no doubt be more information on hacking to come. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.