CyberPunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is a Paid DLC Expansion

Nov 15, 2022 · 13


After a disastrous launch, Cyberpunk 2077 has turned into another hit for CD Projekt Red with the game's first DLC expansion arriving in 2023. Titled Phantom Liberty, the expansion will bring a new plot, the return of Keanu Reeves's Johnny Silverhand character, new missions, and new weapons. As reported by IGN, the size and scope is far beyond the recent Netflix tie-in Edgerunner update which means CD Projekt Red will be offering Phantom Liberty only as paid DLC.

The announcement that DLC has to be paid for would not be newsworthy, but CD Projekt Red has an established track record of free updates for its games. For example, the latest Witcher 3 update bringing the game to next-gen consoles is free to current owners of the game. At present, Phantom Liberty is the only planned expansion, premium or otherwise, for Cyberpunk 2077. Notably, the Phantom Liberty expansion will also only be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Little is known about the plot of Phantom Liberty beyond what was revealed in the initial teaser trailer. V, the player character, takes an oath to support the New United States of America. Keanu Reeves is then heard as Johnny Silverhand telling V that taking the oath was a bad idea. During the initial announcement, Game Director Gabriel Amatengelo said that Phantom Liberty would be a "new style of plot" that greatly expands on one of the districts of Night City.

CyberPunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is a Paid DLC Expansion

Cyberpunk 2077 has gone from an example of how not to launch a game to one of the more rare examples of games that have been redeemed with frequent updates and constant attention from the developer. Years after its release, Cyberpunk 2077 became a top seller on Steam, with CD Projekt Red reporting one million daily players across all platforms. Today, Cyberpunk 2077 still has an average of 30,000 concurrent players on Steam. For a game that was once pulled for sale from the PlayStation store, the turnaround is nothing short of miraculous.

Fan response to the Netflix Edgerunners anime earlier this Fall was enthusiastic, despite the show not getting a second season. The success of the spin-off could be what has prompted tens of thousands of gamers to make the return to Night City. While there is no word on when those returned gamers will get to experience Phantom Liberty, news that the expansion will require a purchase is unlikely to dim the growing enthusiasm for Cyberpunk 2077.

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