Everything we learned about Cyberpunk 2077: The Phantom Liberty and Update 2.0 in today’s Night City Wire


Today, CD Projekt Red announced a special occasion Night City Wire Update 2.0 of Cyberpunk 2077 will go live on September 21 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC for free. It also revealed details on new cinematics, gameplay and music, and more about Cyberpunk 2077’s upcoming expansion, Phantom Liberty, which is out on September 26. The entire Night City Wire lasted about 40 minutes but luckily for you, we have everything you need to know about it summarized below.

Edris Elba’s movie trailer starring Solomon Reed

Today’s Night City Wire kicked off with a new cinematic trailer for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion, Phantom Liberty, and it’s amazing. Featuring high-fidelity footage of the rest of the game’s cinematics, we see Idris Elba’s retired spy Solomon Reed boarding a train from Night City. On top of that, he talks to Song So Mi (you may recognize her by her pseudonym Songbird), the new Cyberpunk 2077 NetRunner, which players V will encounter during Phantom Liberty.

Reed quickly realizes that his vacation is potentially threatened by Song So Mi, and after a short fight with various guards, he is shot. We then flash forward seven years and see Songbird on a ship in space with the President of the New United States of America, Rosalind Myers. From somewhere over the night city, a missile hits the spaceship and the ship goes down. And that’s where this trailer ends and, presumably, players’ journey to Phantom Liberty begins.

Elba later spoke a bit about his character, describing him as a complicated detective. You may know what he is capable of, but you don’t know if you can trust him. He teases that since Phantom Liberty is a detective story, players must see everything because not everything turns out as it seems. Elba describes Reid as someone who is extremely dedicated to his work and loves his job.

He also talked a bit about the new Dogtown district of Phantom Liberty’s Night City, explaining that it was the most dangerous part of town, thanks to the army and criminals that controlled it. He says it has impressive proportions.

The Music of Phantom Liberty

CD Projekt Red says the team created a new score for Phantom Liberty, including additional radio stations coming to Night City. Composer Jack Paciorkowski says the score is more “cyberpunk” but with more “spy themes”. Senior composer PT Adamczyk says the music reflects the triangular dynamic between V, Reid and Songbird in Phantom Liberty.

Adamczyk says the original Phantom Liberty score is now available on all streaming services.

Three new radio stations coming into the game are Dark Star Radio, Impulse and Growl FM. Paciorkowski says of the “moody, dark tracks” that Dark Star Radio combines music from around the world. It also features two tracks by Edris Elba – who produced tracks and raps on each. According to Adamczyk, Elba also composed a DJ set at Impulse Radio from unreleased tracks. Growl FM is a player-generated radio station with tracks from the community.

CDPR revealed that it has created a documentary about Grohl FM, and today’s Night City Wire gave a quick look at what to expect. The team later shared a teaser with some behind-the-scenes footage of musician David Podsiadlo creating the theme song for Phantom Liberty. Podsiadlo also made the best The song “Let You Down”. from Cyberpunk: EdgerunnersAn anime you must watch whether you are a fan of Cyberpunk 2077 or not.

Gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty and Update 2.0

Game Director Gabriel Amatangelo talked about the upcoming 2.0 update and Phantom Liberty’s action during today’s Night City Wire. He says you could be a sneaky netrunner or just someone who wants to blow it all up before diving into the new Relic skill tree that’s underpinned by the new Phantom Liberty narrative.

Songbird reaches out to you through Relic and shows you she’s the real deal, clearing out some of the bad data in Relic and tweaking your cyberware to make better use of it. This allows you to maximize your capabilities while disrupting enemy cyberware. After this, Amatangelo and lead game designer Carlo Matiasic demonstrated three possible builds in Update 2.0.

He said it was his favorite production.”bullet time ninja,“This allows players to use dashes and air dashes to get close to enemies without taking any damage. He uses a ninja sword to deflect bullets before taking out a low-health enemy to gain health. This build can jump from cars and motorcycles. To attack from the air, with a neat slow effect, of course, with this build, your They say the enemy won’t know what hit them.

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Expansion Update 2.0 Overhaul

Gameplay designer Yulia Primack highlighted “Hack and Slash NetRunner” Build. Hacking in Cyberpunk 2077 is more powerful than ever, he says, thanks to the new Quick Hack Queue, which allows you to chain up to four quick hacks on a single enemy. The new hacks allow players to overtake vehicles and blow them up. From a distance.

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Expansion Update 2.0 Overhaul

Lead gameplay designer Philip Downer demonstrated “The brutal slugger soloed“Build, it’s for players who want to hit really hard with a hammer, shotgun, or your arms, which you can use to pick up enemies and throw them at others. Plus, you can supercharge your gorilla arms to send enemies flying.

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Expansion Update 2.0 Overhaul

This segment of Night City Wire concludes with a quick look at the MaxTech security forces players will face in Cyberpunk 2077 after Update 2.0 goes live next week. And MaxTech’s appearance closed the show.

Update 2.0 of Cyberpunk 2077 goes live on September 21st on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. It’s free for everyone who owns the game on those platforms. Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty opened a week later on September 26.

While waiting for Update 2.0, check out our interview with the Phantom Liberty team where we learned about the lessons learned from Cyberpunk 2077’s terrible launch. Then read our breakdown of the 2.0 overhaul from earlier this summer, and then read our thoughts on the Phantom Liberty after getting our hands on it in June.


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