A Thrilling Rebirth of Night City: Unravelling the Secrets of Phantom Liberty
The gaming world is abuzz with anticipation as the release date for “Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” draws near. On September 26, 2023, gamers will be transported back to Night City, this time delving into the thrilling world of espionage and intrigue in a brand-new district known as Dogtown. But that’s not all; this expansion promises to be more than just an addition to the game; it’s a rebirth. Let’s dive into everything we know about this highly anticipated release.
A Rebirth of Cyberpunk 2077
“Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” is not your typical DLC. It’s tightly intertwined with the “Cyberpunk 2077 2.0” patch, set to launch on September 21, 2023. This patch is set to rework and revamp the very core of the game, bringing about a host of new features and improvements.
Among the exciting changes are new skill trees and weapons, revitalized cyberware systems, vehicle combat, improved combat AI, a revamped police system, enhanced UI and UX, changes to loot, items, and crafting, new radio stations, and more. It’s not just a patch; it’s a transformation of the Cyberpunk 2077 experience.
The Phantom Liberty Release Date
The official release date for “Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” is September 26, 2023. That’s when players on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X will get the chance to explore the enigmatic district of Dogtown and engage in a thrilling spy-thriller questline.
While “Cyberpunk 2077” is available on a variety of platforms, “Phantom Liberty” will have a more limited release. Starting September 26, this expansion will only be accessible on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X. This decision comes as CD Projekt Red phases out last-gen support for “Cyberpunk 2077” with the release of Patch 1.6. It’s all part of a broader effort to evolve the core mechanics and systems of the game.
For those eager to get their hands on “Phantom Liberty,” the standalone price is set at $29.99/£24.99. However, CD Projekt Red will be offering bundles that include both the base game and the new content. On PC and console, players can grab the complete package for $79.99/74.99.
A Glowing Review
Early reviews of “Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” are in, and they’re painting a promising picture. According to our review, this premium DLC expansion is “the culmination of CD Projekt Red’s efforts to right the wrongs of a challenging launch.” Paired with the changes introduced in Patch 2.0, “Phantom Liberty” is shaping up to be one of the best RPG experiences on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.
A Glimpse at Patch 2.0
Many of the significant gameplay changes coming with “Phantom Liberty” are bundled in a free update available to all players, regardless of whether they plan to purchase the expansion. The “Cyberpunk 2077 2.0” patch is set to release on September 21, ushering in a new era of Cyberpunk gameplay.
This update includes overhauled skill trees, a revamped UI, reworked wanted and traffic systems, and a comprehensive overhaul of everything from cyberware to core combat mechanics. It’s more than just a patch; it’s a game-changer.
A Rebirth, Not Just an Expansion
From our time spent with “Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty,” it’s clear that this experience is more than just an expansion; it’s a rebirth. It’s challenging to separate the “Phantom Liberty” content from what’s arriving in the 2.0 patch, as the two combine to create something truly astounding.
Expect a game that has been revitalized and improved in ways that will redefine your Cyberpunk 2077 experience. The journey through Dogtown promises to be a thrilling one, and with the changes brought by Patch 2.0, it’s an adventure worth embarking on.
Meet the Characters
During The Game Awards 2022, a tantalizing new trailer provided a glimpse of what’s to come in “Phantom Liberty.” This expansion will plunge players into an espionage mission, and they’ll be working alongside none other than Idris Elba. Elba steps into the Cyberpunk 2077 world as Solomon Reed, an FIA agent who works for the New United States of America.
And for fans of Keanu Reeves, you’ll be pleased to know that he’s reprising his popular NPC role of Johnny Silverhand in “Phantom Liberty.” The star-studded cast adds an extra layer of excitement to this already highly-anticipated release.
The Setting of Phantom Liberty
The setting of “Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” is equally intriguing. The expansion takes players to an all-new district of Night City, known as Dogtown. Game director Gabriel Amatangelo has stated that this expansion “primarily takes place” in this previously unexplored area, which many speculate to be the Pacifica
Pacifica Combat Zone is a perilous region of Night City, walled off from the rest of Pacifica before its construction was even completed. It’s known for its danger and secrecy, with rumors of the NCPD disposing of dangerous criminals behind the combat zone walls. In “Phantom Liberty,” expect infiltration and espionage to be on the agenda as you navigate the treacherous streets of Dogtown.
New Radio Stations
Music is an integral part of the Cyberpunk experience, and “Phantom Liberty” doesn’t disappoint. The expansion introduces a brand-new radio station, 89.7 Growl FM. What sets this station apart is that it features music created by members of the community. With 12-to-15 tracks submitted by Cyberpunk 2077 players, it’s a testament to the vibrant and creative community surrounding the game.
Hosting this independent community radio station is DJ ASH, voiced by none other than influencer Sasha Grey. Expect a fresh auditory experience as you traverse the neon-lit streets of Night City.
A Peek into Development
“Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” is currently the only “planned” expansion for the game. CD Projekt Red has confirmed that there are no further expansions in the works. The development team is putting their full weight behind delivering a memorable experience with “Phantom Liberty.”
Roughly half of the CD Projekt Red studio is dedicated to the expansion, ensuring that it receives the attention it deserves. As for the other half, they are currently involved in pre-production for “The Witcher 4,” which is set to continue the beloved Witcher series. But that’s not all; there are other exciting CD Projekt Red projects in various stages of development.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” is not just a DLC; it’s a rebirth of the Cyberpunk 2077 experience. With a thrilling new district, a spy-thriller narrative, gameplay changes galore, and a star-studded cast, this expansion is poised to captivate players once again. As Night City beckons, prepare to immerse yourself in the neon-soaked streets and unravel the mysteries of Dogtown. The future of Cyberpunk and The Witcher franchises is bright, promising even more adventures in these rich and immersive worlds. Mark your calendars for September 26, 2023, and get ready for the rebirth of Cyberpunk.