What are the Badlands in Cyberpunk 2077?

Carla Harmon
August 12, 2020

Cyberpunk's designers CD Projekt Red released a video today focusing on Refused's role within the game.

In an example from CD Projekt Red, the Corpo background gives V a better idea of how to read high-ranking business people, allowing them to speak more easily with a unsafe character in one scenario, whereas the Street Kid choice will mean V knows more about "illegal substances" which means they cans strike up conversations with form bonds with other characters with similar narcotic interests.

Gun modifications can help spice things up if you're getting too bored with what you've got in Cyberpunk 2077; scopes and silencers can be added on top of stat-altering chip mods.

The Cyberpunk 2077 Lifepaths trailer reveals three different backstories to choose from; Street Kid, Nomad, and Corpo. Each option fundamentally changes how the game will begin, with Nomads starting in the dusty outskirts of Night City, for example.

There are three types of guns in the game, Tech weapons like the Tsunami Nekomata sniper rifle which uses electromagnets to power projectiles silently, through walls, like a railgun; Power weapons like shotguns that can ricochet buckshot off walls and around corners; and Smart weapons which can have some amount of target tracking and other cheatworthy upgrades.

This episode of Night City Wire also showed off the weapons you'll be able to equip yourself with in Cyberpunk 2077. Melee weapons such as the Thermal Katana pack an up-close-and-personal punch, and Cyberware can turn your arms into a selection of deadly machines, such as a Ulysses Klaue-style arm cannon or the iconic Mantis Claws from Cyberpunk's very first trailer. Dragon Age: Origins had even more lifepaths for the player but we're at different times these days and most Western RPGs don't even give you these choices. In late June we saw and digested Night City Wire Ep1, which went into details about the game's Braindance mode, as well as some underlying tech such as raytracing and DLSS 2.0.

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming out on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia this November. Versions of the game made for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are still set to arrive sometime after launch.

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