With a pair of major next-generation console updates, it’s been a busy week of video game news. But it’s not over, thanks to Cyberpunk 2077.
With the third installment of its livesteam series, Night City Wire, studio CD Projekt Red offered up all-new Cyberpunk 2077 details. And with a focus on the game’s gangs and musical score, Episode 3 shed more light on what players can expect in one of the year’s most anticipated launches.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently slated to launch on November 19 to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. We haven’t heard from CD Projekt Red since Microsoft and Sony announced their Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launch dates, so there’s still no word on when the game will launch on next-generation hardware.
Either way, CD Projekt Red had plenty to say in Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire Episode 3. Read on to see all the announcements.
The Night City tour
CD Projekt Red kicked off the livestream with a “tour” of Night City, the game’s sprawling setting. The clip showed a variety of locations around the city, including a night club, a studio broadcast, and an area where homeless denizens of the city live. It also dissected how bad the crime is around Night City.
Those looking for a place to learn more about Night City, the clip said, can visit a website called NightCity.love. And yes, it’s a real website with information on history and transportation, and plenty of insight into the city’s districts.
Ultimately, the look at Night City was meant to showcase how diverse the city is, complete with a variety of different areas to explore and people to meet, CD Projekt Red said. The studio called it the “most complex” thing it’s ever worked on in a game.
The gangs of Night City
There are a variety of gangs in Night City, all vying for power. One, called Maelstrom, appears to be a particularly violent gang and bridges the gap between human and machine. Another, called the Valentinos, care about “honor,” but they also have a “punishment for every occasion,” according to the studio.
Sixth Street is another gang that seems to war with the Valentinos. And the Voodoo Boys were thought to be an “urban myth” but are feared. The Animals are called the “craziest” of the gangs, according to the clip. They’re often “hired muscle” that others might use.
Tyger Claws work in the black market and don’t like those who “ask questions.” The Moxs appears to be an all-female gang and talk about “community and solidarity.” The same goes for Nomads. The Aldecados care about “family,” according to the clip. That’s not too much to go on, but sheds some light on what may drive them.
According to CD Projekt Red, the gangs rule Night City and have the most weaponry and power throughout the city. Players will encounter them throughout the game and will sometimes hire players. However, players won’t be able to join a gang. Instead, players will be aligned with the Afterlife, a group that often gets the best jobs from gangs.
Depending on the gang, players will be able to choose different cars, weapons, and clothing.
Windows 10 or Windows 7 64-bit software will be required to run Cyberpunk 2077 on the PC. CD Projekt Red also said that the game will need DirectX 12 and an Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310 CPU or better to run. On the memory front, expect to need 8GB and have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB or AMD Radeon RX470 or better on the graphics side.
Cyberpunk 2077 will require 70GB of storage space.
To run the game at its best, players should prepare to have a Windows 10 PC running an Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 3 processor or better. Additionally, CD Projekt Red recommends 12GB of RAM and either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of memory or an AMD Radeon R9 Fury.
CD Projekt Red next turned to computer mods, created by fans in anticipation of the game’s launch. The mods were all designed based on what fans have seen so far from the game. CD Projekt Red plans to announce the winning mod design in the coming weeks and will make it available in a charity auction.
A look back
Interested in seeing what CD Projekt Red announced in the previous Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire episodes? Here’s some of Digital Trends’ coverage.
- The best PC games for 2021
- PS4 vs. PS5
- Xbox Series X vs. PS5
- CD Projekt Red shifts the way it makes games after Cyberpunk 2077’s shaky launch
- Cyberpunk 2077’s Patch 1.2 is finally coming — and it’s massive