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Cyberpunk 2077 Introduces a Big Cyberware Update in Its Phantom Liberty Expansion

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CD Projekt Red is introducing a big change to Cyberpunk 2077's cyberware system with the Phantom Liberty update.

As first reported by VGC, it'll have a new cyberware capacity system that allows the players to see how much cyberware their body can take. A new Edgerunners perk will allow players to surpass that, with certain penalties like a health debuff.

“It’s all about this balance between risk and reward,” Sasko explained. “We are not going as far as the introduction of cyberpsychosis though, have that in mind.”

Featured as a key plot point in Netflix's Cyberpunk: Edgeunners, cyberpsychosis affects people who install too much tech onto their feeble human bodies, potentially turning them into mindless killing machines.

Signs of this can perhaps be seen early on in the Phantom Liberty trailer released during the Xbox Games Showcase, where protagonist V seemingly loses control of her actions.

It's unclear exactly how the feature will work in Cyberpunk 2077, however, though a mod released last year added the ability to turn cyberpsycho in the PC version. It's perhaps unlikely an exact copy of this mod will be used, though CD Projekt Red isn't against the idea of using community mods in its releases, having previously done so with The Witcher 3.

A September 26 release date for Phantom Liberty was also announced, though unlike the base game the expansion is set for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC only. It's also worth noting this cyberpsychosis feature is seemingly a part of the general update 1.7 and won't necessarily require the purchasing of Phantom Liberty to access.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this article said the game would be introducing cyberpsychosis in the update; this has been updated to clarify.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.

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