Cyberpunk 2077 might wind up with a New Game Plus mode, but CD Projekt Red is still figuring out what it might be. That’s contrary to a previous report that a post-game replay mode was in the works.
“What I can tell you is we are looking into a suitable idea for implementing New Game Plus,” producer Richard Borzymowski told GameSpot at Gamescom. If and how has yet to be seen and talked about.”
Borzymowski went on to explain that the most important thing about adding a New Game Plus mode to Cyberpunk is making sure it’s the right implementation of the idea for the game. CD Projekt’s upcoming open-world sci-fi RPG will likely have some means of encouraging you to play beyond the end of the story, Borzymowski said, but the developer hasn’t decided what form it’ll take.
In Cyberpunk, much of what you experience depends on the character you create–their backstory and upbringing dictates some conversation choices, for instance, and the skills you develop dictate which paths you can take through missions. That means the character you make through the course of the game determines what portions of the game you see and what portions you don’t.
“Let’s go with the two most basic approaches to New Game Plus, or whatever,” he said. “Complete example: either you finish the story and you’re left in the open world, or you can start a new game with the character you’ve previously developed. With the first approach, in our case, the benefit of replaying or playing more is that there are many, many activities. I presume that most players will first finish the story rather than do everything there is because that’s pretty time-consuming. The other approach basically funnels you into one of the playstyles, right? So we’re looking for a way to ensure that you’re able to keep your progression, but are you still able to take a different path in order to see one of those parts that was hidden behind one of those actual choices. And we will probably get to something, but it’s too early to talk exactly how, because we want to make sure that it fits [Cyberpunk]. Everything we want to do, we want to fit.”
Reports previously suggested Cyberpunk 2077 would have a New Game Plus mode, but that it might not be ready for the game’s launch in April 2020. CD Projekt added a New Game Plus mode to The Witcher 3 after its launch as a free update.
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