It looks as though Cyberpunk 2077 may only be getting one expansion.
Announced yesterday during Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City Wire livestream, Phantom Liberty is heading to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Google Stadia sometime in 2023. However, while many expected Cyberpunk to echo The Witcher 3’s two major expansions, it looks as though only one is in the works.
“Glad to hear we sparked your interest!” said developer CD Projekt Red in a YouTube comment (spotted by XGP) on the expansion’s reveal trailer. “As for the future, Phantom Liberty is the only planned expansion for Cyberpunk 2077.”
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty marks the first major content expansion beyond its smaller, regular updates. At the moment, little is known about the expansion aside from its expected release, which was earlier confirmed by developers, as well as a glimpse of what we can expect in the official release trailer.
Keanu Reeves will be back as Johnny Silverhand… and a plot involving an out to the New United States of America sounds rather ominous. “We’re having a lot of fun with [the expansion],” said game director Gabriel Amatengelo. “It’s a new style of plot, a new cast of characters, [and will expand] on a district in Night City where it primarily takes place.”
As well as the Phantom Liberty expansion, CD Projekt Red also announced the game’s next major update – a story-focused update that ties into the upcoming Cyberpunk Edgerunners anime show.
Although Phantom Liberty sounds like an interesting setup for more Silverhand-based shenanigans, Cyberpunk 2077 fans are bound to be disappointed that this will be the one and only expansion for the game. Still, it’s more than last-gen players are getting, since the upcoming expansion won’t be available on PS4 or Xbox One. Additionally, the 1.6 update will be the last major update for last-gen players.
IGN’s Cyberpunk 2077 review gave it 9/10 and said “Cyberpunk 2077 kicks you into its beautiful and dazzlingly dense cityscape with few restrictions. It offers a staggering amount of choice in how to build your character, approach quests, and confront enemies, and your decisions can have a tangible and natural-feeling impact on both the world around you and the stories of the people who inhabit it.”
Want to read more about Cyberpunk 2077? Check out who’s joined the Cyberpunk Edgerunner cast, and what’s in store from the Edgerunners update.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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