After a slew of rumors and misinformation, CD Projekt Red have cleared up some confusion surrounding Cyberpunk 2077 and its implementation of microtransactions.
With Cyberpunk 2077 fast approaching on November 19, 2020, fans are eager to learn more about the first-person shooter. The game promises to be one of the most intricate and detailed RPGs on the market, with a fantastic sci-fi aesthetic, to boot – and from everything that we’ve seen thus far, it seems like it’s going to deliver.
Some messaging about the game was muddled, however, after a President and Joint CEO of CD Projekt Red, Adam Kicinski, mentioned that the title will have microtransactions, which went against statements suggesting the opposite. Now, the developers have cleared up the situation once and for all.
Nothing changed. Cyberpunk 2077 is a single player game with zero microtransactions. One single purchase. No tricks. Don't believe the clickbait. https://t.co/qX0iZwsAf2
What will have microtransactions, however, is the multiplayer component of the game. Details surrounding this aspect are scarce; however, it’s a completely separate project from Cyberpunk 2077 made by a completely separate team.
As of the time of writing, it’s unknown what the microtransactions will be when it comes to the multiplayer campaign. The developer did confirm that it will treat “your money with respect,” although what exactly that means is unclear.
Cyberpunk multiplayer/online, which is a separate project, will have some microtransactions, but we said that a year ago already. Like always, expect us treating your money with respect.
While the inclusion of microtransactions at all is sure to disappoint some people, it’s nice to see that the developers are concerned with their players’ hard-earned cash. The actual implementation at launch could be a completely different story, but for right now, it seems like relatively good news.
Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia in 2020, with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions launching in 2021.
With its dystopian nature, cyber-heavy landscape, and seedy underworld, the world of 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 will have 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.
Skilled hackers will be able to manipulate enemy robots to avoid direct combat.
Hacking skill in Cyberpunk 2077
Since cybernetics are intrinsically woven into the very fabric of life in Night City, hackers are practically walking around in a living, breathing playground.
Players that choose the Netrunner path will have the best odds of becoming a successful hacker, but it is unclear whether this will be an attribute that is only accessible by this class.
Hacking abilities are leveled up by progressing through the game, with the ‘intelligence’ attribute having 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 skill to good use. Skills need to be used ‘in the field’ in order to practice and level them up, with more skill-related 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.
Hackers are able to experience the world of Night City from a whole new perspective.
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, though they will also open up more options within the hack.
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.
For example, 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 may allow players to complete missions without a scratch on them, if they’re clever.
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 cause malfunctions in generic machinery to create distractions.
Performing quickhacks and using Daemons consumes Cyberdeck energy, so it is important to master this skill if you want to become a skilled hacker.
Players will be able to hack into some vehicles depending on their skill level.
Hacking in Cyberpunk 2077 can also be used to hitch a ride in Night City, so long as you’re skilled enough.
It has been confirmed that most vehicles you encounter will have a built-in chip, known as an SID. This is essentially the Cyberpunk equivalent of keys, meaning 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 make use of the car or upload malware to their systems, but unfortunately, 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.