CD Projekt Red has announced that Cyberpunk 2077’s expansion, Phantom Liberty, will be released on September 26. If you have already completed the original game or have played it again after the patches, you should be prepared. However, if you are still exploring Night City and have not yet finished the main story, you may be curious about how the expansion connects to the game. According to Pawel Sasko, the Cyberpunk Quest Director, spending time in Pacifica is recommended.
In an interview with Kotaku, Sasko provided insights into the early stages of the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion and shed light on how Phantom Liberty integrates into the game’s world. The expansion’s events unfold in Dogtown, a new and somewhat isolated location within the Pacifica region. Sasko emphasizes that the story content in the expansion will be completely fresh. However, having an understanding of Pacifica’s role in the game’s universe and grasping the specifics of Dogtown’s seclusion will enhance your experience with the expansion.
When to start the Phantom Liberty expansion in Cyberpunk 2077?
In order to access the DLC, players must reach the Pacifica area, which becomes available during the game’s second act when Johnny Silverhand is implanted in their character’s head. This typically takes around 10 to 12 hours of gameplay, depending on individual playstyles. However, if players focus solely on progressing through the main story, this time can be halved. Therefore, if players intend to start a new playthrough for the DLC, it is recommended to do so before the expansion is released, as it will not be possible to jump directly into it from the beginning of the game.
According to Pawel Sasko, to initiate the Phantom Liberty expansion, players need to reach Pacifica, interact with characters such as Placide and Mama Brigitte, and have a conversation with Alt.
The quests M’ap Tann Pèlen, I Walk the Line, and Transmission are part of the Cyberpunk 2077 questline for Phantom Liberty. These quests are set in Pacifica and involve the Voodoo Boys faction, which represents the Haitian community that migrated to America after Haiti was devastated by climate change approximately ten years prior to the events of Cyberpunk 2077.
Is necessary to play the main game to understand Phantom Liberty DLC?
CD Projekt Red ensured that Phantom Liberty can be enjoyed as a standalone experience, regardless of the player’s progress in Cyberpunk 2077. They wanted the expansion to have its own unique tone, leaning more towards the spy-thriller genre. Pawel Sasko explained that the design of Phantom Liberty took into consideration players who had just started the game as well as those who had invested countless hours into it.
The team aimed to create an experience that would work for both players who were just beginning their Cyberpunk 2077 journey and those who had accumulated extensive playtime. Sasko emphasized that once players reach Pacifica, they should be able to seamlessly dive into and enjoy Phantom Liberty, as the expansion offers a distinct and different vibe from the base game.
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Yes, Phantom Liberty is designed to be a standalone expansion that can be enjoyed independently of your progress in the base game. You don’t need to have completed the main storyline or any specific quests to play Phantom Liberty.
No, you need to reach Pacifica and progress to a certain point in the main story before you can start playing Phantom Liberty. Once you have reached Pacifica and interacted with characters like Placide, Mamam Brigitte, and Alt, you will be able to access and experience the expansion’s content.