CD Projekt Red Discusses Cyberpunk 2077’s Lifepath System, Capturing the Feel of Night City, and More

CD Projekt Red Discusses Cyberpunk 2077’s Lifepath System, Capturing the Feel of Night City, and More

CD Projekt Red discusses Cyberpunk 2077's lifepath system, capturing the feel of Night City, and more.

In a new Q&A on CD Projekt Red’s forums, quest design coordinator Phillip Weber discusses Cyberpunk 2077‘s lifepath system, capturing the feel of Night City, and more.

“As quest designers we were already used to tell nonlinear stories, so having a character like V gave us more of what we already like to do,” says Weber. “The lifepaths are actually one of my favorite features, because they just give us more roleplaying opportunities. A nomad can of course solve some problems much better than a corpo, but put him into a board room and he might not really have the best way to lead a conversation the way he wants to.”

With the game’s lifepath system, Weber goes onto say he hopes it’ll give players motivation to play the game multiple times since each lifepath brings a new experience with it.

“The new gameplay options thanks to our fluid class system essentially give us more opprotunities to make our quests even more nonlinear,” Weber continues. “It’s a lot of fun to work with our level and encounter designers on locations for our quests, because there are always so many different options we can come up with. And sometimes, these options can them also change the story, so just like the lifepath, these gameplay abilities just make it easier for us to make the quest more nonlinear than ever.”

As for capturing the feel of Night City, Weber says the team did extensive research on by reading books such as Cyberpunk 2020 and Snow Crash to get an idea of what it means to live in a cyberpunk world. The team thought of things such as how would the city grow over the years, its politics, and how does technology improve everyone’s lives.

When asked about how NPCs would respond to V’s style and cyberware, Weber says the reactions will depend on the particular NPC. Additionally, body modification among other things is considered a part of everyday life in Night City.

Cyberpunk 2077 launches on April 16, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A Google Stadia version will launch at a later date. If you’re looking for more Cyberpunk, you can check out a new trailer which shows off the behind the scenes of the game.


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