After a year or so of silence regarding Cyberpunk’s promised expansion content, CD Projekt Red finally revealed details, a teaser, and a release window of 2023. The expansion will be a spy thriller called Phantom Liberty and will feature additional Keanu Reeves performances as Johnny Silverhand along with new characters and a large new district to explore. From the trailer, we can see V talking to a presidential figure as he takes vows to protect the New United States. Johnny is obviously upset at V for taking on such a gig doing espionage work directly for the NUSA, so be ready for plenty more argumentative banter between Johnny and V.
One of the hints that this will be a substantially-sized expansion is the announcement of an entire new district in Night City. Judging from fan theories and the trailer itself, the new explorable district will most likely be the Combat Zone on the edges of Pacifica. There will obviously be additional side quests and gigs along with a main story quest chain in the new expansion, and CD Projekt Red promises many secrets and Easter eggs. It’s yet to be seen if some of the promised features, such as an overhauled police system, get worked in with it. As expected, this sizable expansion will completely leave the PS4 and Xbox One in the dust since it’s a current-gen console and high-end PC exclusive, for obvious reasons.
Luckily for previous-gen console owners, a fresh update for all platforms just dropped today, which includes three new gigs, a minigame in arcades called Roach Race, and numerous other secrets and features from the upcoming Edgerunners Netflix anime. The full list of additions is below:
Wardrobe: allows you to change the appearance of your outfit without changing your armor stats. You can create up to 6 outfits using the pieces of clothing you own by accessing the wardrobe in any of V’s apartments and safehouses and then switch between them in the Inventory panel.
3 New Gigs
Fixers will give you 3 new gigs:
Gig type: SOS: Merc Needed
Location: Watson, Kabuki
Gig type: Thievery
Location: Santo Domingo, Arroyo
Fixer: El Capitan
Gig type: Search and Recover
Location: Santo Domingo, Arroyo
6 new firearms:
Kappa (Smart Pistol)
Senkoh LX (Tech Submachine Gun)
Hypercritical Iconic Precision Rifle (obtainable in Gig: Concrete Cage Trap)
VST-37 (Power Shotgun)
MA70 HB (Power Light Machine Gun)
Kyubi (Power Assault Rifle)
5 new melee weapons:
Neurotoxin Knife (+ Iconic variant Blue Fang)
Punknife (+ Iconic variant Headhunter)
Added a Cross-progression feature between platforms. Your latest saves will be automatically uploaded to the cloud so you can continue where you left off easily on other platforms. Cross-progression provides the latest save for every save type (Quick, Auto, Manual, etc.). Feature becomes available after you log in with your account (from Main Menu or the in-game Load Game menu). Cross-progression may be limited when it comes to console versions with regional restrictions, you can find more details here.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners content
Added some secrets related to the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime series to be discovered in Night City, including new equipment and new Photo Mode features.
Arcade game: Roach Race
You can now play a brand new mini game using arcade machines located in Night City, including the ones in the Northside, Japantown and The Glen apartments. Climb the leaderboard to earn special prizes including cash and items! If you’re enjoying Roach Race in Cyberpunk 2077, check out the mobile version for Android and iOS. Remember that your high scores in the in-game and mobile versions are separate, though.
Nibbles in Photo Mode
You can now take photos of Nibbles in Photo Mode! While in Photo Mode, go to the “Pose” tab and choose Nibbles in the “Character” section. Please note that this option becomes available only after you invite Nibbles to V’s apartment.
The smaller item patch notes for update 1.6 include a fix for the broken drone loot and improved vehicle handling (again). Full patch notes below:
Inverted camera axis will now also apply to Photo Mode.
Increased the camera rotation angle in Photo Mode from 60/-60 to 90/-90 degrees, making vertical shots possible.
Added an option to modify V’s face and body at Ripperdoc clinics.
V won’t continuously fidget in Character Creation anymore.
Fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to pick up loot from drones.
Fixed an issue where it was impossible to pick up loot if it was completely or partially obstructed by foliage collision.
Fixed NPC reaction when bumping into them.
Fixed an issue where panicked NPCs were idling or crouching instead of using a designated “hands up” animation.
If NPCs were staggered or knocked down while shooting, they will now continue to shoot aimlessly.
Adjusted some vehicles to the new Burn Out Mode introduced in Patch 1.5 and polished the tunes on many others.
Added a new AWD performance variant of the Thorton Colby called the CST40.
Fixed an issue where vehicles went in reverse when braking at low speeds.
Fixed an issue where jacking out of an Access Point shortly before the hacking minigame starts and then completing the minigame left the Access Point active, allowing to connect to it again.
Fixed an issue where the Biomonitor didn’t restore Health in some circumstances.
Fixed an issue where player’s HP went down incredibly fast under the effect of Burn if the NPC who applied that effect used the Sandevistan dash.
Lowered the selling price of the Target Analysis mod and changed the amount of crafting components required to craft it.
Changed stats of the Stinger Iconic Knife. Attacks against poisoned enemies will now have a 100% chance to cause bleeding. Attacks against bleeding enemies will have a 100% chance to cause poison.
Rearranged weapons from the Long Blade category to different categories:
Moved the Chef’s Knife to the Knife category.
Moved the Tomahawk from Blunt weapons to Blades and placed together with the new Claw axe in the new Axe category.
Moved the Machete and the Kukri to the new Machete category together with the new Razor machete.
Replaced the standard Butcher’s Cleaver with an Iconic version. If a player owned a Butcher’s Cleaver, it will be replaced with a Knife. If a player owned a crafting recipe for Butcher’s Cleaver, they will be granted a Knife recipe of matching rarity.
Balanced Sniper Rifles. Sniper Rifles should now be only able to one-shot enemies after the player invests in this weapon archetype. Lowered damage output for the Overwatch Sniper Rifle. The Nekomata Sniper Rifle will now be easier to handle while charging.
Lowered the price of the Slaught-O-Matic Power Pistol available for purchase from vending machines.
Sir John Phallustiff will now have a new Iconic effect, increasing damage when hitting NPCs in the face. It will also have a chance to stun enemies with strong attacks. Gamepads will now be constantly vibrating while holding the weapon.
The O’Five Sniper Rifle will now have a new Iconic effect, causing bigger explosions that can light the targets on fire. The more enemies are burning, the bigger are the buffs the player is getting to Crit Chance and Reload Speed. It will now come with a unique scope and require 20 Body to equip.
The Divided We Stand Assault Rifle will now have a new Iconic effect. Bullets will now have a greater chance to miss the target, with a chance to explode into Biohazard clouds. Biohazard clouds are guaranted to poison nearby enemies.
The Yinglong Submachine Gun will now have a new Iconic effect. The chance to cause EMP explosions has been significantly increased. Clip size has been increased to help wreak havoc with EMP explosions.
Removed the scope slot from Tech Precision Rifles (M-179 Achilles and Widow Maker). If the player owned such a rifle with a scope attached, the scope will be removed and placed in the inventory.
Different types of knives will now have their own specified return times indicated in their tooltip.
Fixed an issue where Skippy had extremely low DPS on saves made on Patch 1.3 and 1.31.
Fixed an issue where it was possible to buy/craft ammo after reaching the ammo cap, wasting money/components.
Fixed an issue where Mantis Blades with damage mods emitted blinding lights upon use.
Melee quick attacks won’t apply status effects from the currently equipped and drawn weapon anymore.
Added new poison perks – Corrosive Poison and Critical Antidote (Ninjutsu skill tree), replacing Hasten the Inevitable and Neurotoxin perks respectively.
Fixed an issue where the Gun Whisperer perk didn’t work with the JKE-X2 Kenshin and the DR-12 Quasar.
Rebalanced the Long Shot perk. Now it grants bonus damage only up to a certain distance threshold.
Fixed an issue where crafting an item using an ingredient with a quest tag may not have removed that ingredient from the Inventory if the player had the Ex Nihilo perk.
Added more secrets in Night City to be discovered by players. Due to some technical challenges, this change isn’t available on the previous generation of consoles.
Various small fixes to interactions in V’s apartments and safehouses.
V will now sleep in bed for an amount of time set by the player.
Automatic Love – Fixed an issue where Lizzie’s Club was closed during regular opening hours.
Dream On – Using the vents to climb to the roof from the secret control room has been made easier.
Epistrophy: The Glen, Epistrophy: Badlands – Quest will now be properly failed if the player destroys Delamain.
I’ll Fly Away – Scorpion’s car will no longer glitch while driving off the ramp.
Tapeworm – Fixed an issue where the coughing animation played with a delay, causing visual issues.
The Ballad of Buck Ravers – Karim’s Samurai merch is back in stock and available anytime at Cherry Blossom Market after completing the quest.
The Heist – Fixed an issue where taking out enemies using a quickhack could result in the optional objective “Wait for an opportunity to take out the guards” to remain until the end of the quest.
The Hunt – Fixed an issue where saving the game could become permanently disabled after the Braindance sequence.
The Pickup – Fixed an issue where leaving mid-quest could result in stopping all combat music.
Gig: Freedom of the Press – Fixed an issue where further quests from Regina were blocked if Max died during the gig.
Gig: Getting Warmer… – Fixed an issue of enemies spawning before the gig started, whereby if killed, the player couldn’t use the coolant on 8ug8ear.
Gig: Getting Warmer… – Fixed Wakako’s car driving away slowly and then disappearing in the player’s view.
Gig: Hot Merchandise – Fixed an issue where it was possible to kill Rebeca before activating the gig, blocking progress.
Gig: Jeopardy – Fixed an issue where it was possible to talk to some of the NPCs in the funeral home despite their being dead.
Gig: Olive Branch – Fixed an issue where the quest was reactivated with the “Talk to the man in the trunk” objective if the car with Alex Pushkin blew up.
Gig: Playing for Keeps – Fixed NPCs’ incorrect reactions after a fight in the Kashuu Hanten Bar breaks out.
Gig: Trevor’s Last Ride – Fixed an issue where Trevor’s body didn’t spawn in the freezer.
Fixed an issue where Psalm 11:6 might not have dropped in a Suspected Organized Crime Activity in Northside.
Added the Polycarbonate Nanoweave Techie Harness (outer torso piece from the Techie Set) as loot obtainable in the world.
Added the Lightweight Hardened-Rubber Media Steel-Toes (Media Set shoes) as loot obtainable in the world.
Readjusted the conditioning of some radio news related to gigs. As a result, there should be more radio news played in game.
Added item preview so that it’s possible to see an item on V before you buy it.
Added an option to switch off radio subtitles in the Sound category in Settings. They will be switched off by default.
Items placed in the stash will now properly show their monetary value in the tooltip.
Regarranged some options and categories in Game Settings.
Fixed an issue where languages using double-byte characters (Korean, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese) displayed overlapping save file names and dates in the Load Menu screen.
Fixed an issue where the number of available pieces of gear for different slots didn’t update after disassembling gear.
Optimized performance in the Inventory and Vendor screens.
Fixed certain cases where a dark rectangle could remain stuck on the screen.
Various small UI adjustments and improvements in the Character Creation, Crafting and Messages menus, popups and quest tracker.
Added the ability to enable additional content through the Additional Content menu.
Fixed an issue where the number of available Attribute points displayed on the screen after leveling up was incorrect.
Neon rims on bikes now come in different colors.
Added new hairstyles in Character Creation.
Fixed certain instances where vehicles could spawn misaligned with the surface of the road.
Fixed an issue where cars in traffic clipped into each other when Slow HDD mode was enabled.
Addressed an issue where floating and indestructible parts were present when destroying cars.
Improvements in Dynamic Resolution Scaling.
Fixed an issue where the last shot fired from a gun didn’t have a recoil animation.
Totalimmortal – Fixed the grass clipping through the floor on the way to Yorinobu’s office.
Added SFX of reloading a weapon while carrying a body.
Improved knife throwing SFX.
Stadium Love – 6th Street party music will now be louder.
I Fought The Law – Fixed an issue where triggering the fight with the thugs in the market and then leaving the area without killing them caused the combat music to play indefinitely.
Adjusted graphics setting presets to provide a higher quality setup.
[Steam Deck] Fixed an issue where the dedicated preset was applying Ultra settings instead of properly crafted graphics settings.
[Steam Deck] Fixed an issue where the game became unresponsive after trying to change Key Bindings.
[Xbox Series S] Added a new Performance Mode which can be enabled in Settings > Video > Graphics Mode. FPS is aiming at 60 in 900p with Dynamic Resolution Scaling (in 800p to 1080p range).
Added Brazilian Portuguese support for disc copies in Portugal (PlayStation codes: CUSA-16579 and CUSA-25194). For further details on language support see: Xbox, PlayStation.
Addressed an issue where switching between First Person Perspective and Third Person Perspective had a noticeable delay.
Addressed the issue with input lag in Ray Tracing Mode on next-gen consoles.
Added the missing key bindings for Toggle Walking and Holster Weapon keys.
Added support for Razer Chroma.
Fixed the temporary FPS drops when opening the Map or Inventory on PC and Stadia.
Made some adjustments and improvements to the Arabic language localization.
REDmod MODDING TOOLS
The following changes take effect only on the PC version of the game and once the REDmod is installed.
Added support for the new mods folder. New, REDmod compatible mods should be placed in the \Cyberpunk 2077\mods folder. The game still supports loading old mods from the archive folder, but please keep in mind that they will not appear in the REDmod menu. New, REDmod compatible mods should be added using the new mods folder for the best experience.
Added -modded command line parameter to run the game with mods. This parameter also allows you to enable and disable mods using REDlauncher and GOG Galaxy.
Expanded the telemetry functionality to cover mods-related data.
Added the ability to load modified tweakdb.bin and .redscripts files.
Added the ability to load mods.json descriptor for user’s installed mods.
Added a separate audiothread for audio modding.
Fixed some issues with TweakDB memory allocations.
That’s a lot of fixes and additions for update 1.6, although many promises remain unfulfilled, such as a revamped police system and vehicular combat. It’s unlikely CD Projekt Red will implement every promised feature to Cyberpunk 2077 at this point since the game’s already a couple of years old and a majority of the work has been fixing bugs and broken systems. The game is still buggy on modern consoles with the next-gen update, but at least it’s in a far, far, far better state than it was at launch. I’d say it’s a good time to try the game out if you’ve been on the fence and waiting for the “full” experience, either now or next year, when Phantom Liberty releases.
It’s a shame that current triple-A game development has been on a trend of unfinished, buggy games at launch that modders then fix alongside the dev’s own updates. Cyberpunk should have been released in 2023 with the expansion content and all the quality of life and bug fixes with it. And, obviously, the game should never have been made with the previous-gen consoles in mind, to begin with. All that being said, next year is the year to jump into Cyberpunk 2077. Between the meaty expansion and thousands of hotfixes and updates through the years, it’s a really fun game, even if the amazing, immersive sim experience that was promised never got fully realized in the end.