Cyberpunk 2077 – How the life paths determine the history of the game


From the beginning, Cyberpunk 2077 will make decisions for you. The life choices you make for your protagonist will determine the whole game. Now the developers have revealed some details.

In Cyberpunk 2077 we slip into the role of V, a cybernetically adapted inhabitant of Night City. No matter whether we want to play V as a male or female character: The character creation should lead to some effects in the later course of the game before the start of the actual adventure.

Quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz revealed that at the beginning of “Cyberpunk 2077” you could define a so-called life path in addition to parts of your appearance. This will determine where you come from and make things harder or easier for you as the game progresses:

“We have something called life paths that act as our character’s origin and are selected at the beginning of character creation. As an example: If you’re a child of the streets, you’ll have an easier time communicating with the streets, or if you’re a company employee, you’ll have an advantage over the people who work for those companies because you know how they think and act. “

We could imagine that this system of “Cyberpunk 2077” goes even deeper than the Quest Director suggests here. After all, the game is based on the pen-and-paper system “Cyberpunk 2020”, in which players can pick their backgrounds from a range of possible options.


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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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