The next expansion of Cyberpunk 2077 will not be free; CD Projekt confirms
CD Projekt has confirmed that “Phantom Liberty,” the upcoming “Cyberpunk 2077. Expansion that will feature Keanu Reeves and Sasha Grey and explore new areas of Night City will not be free.
You might think it’s obvious that “Cyberpunk 2077” players will have to shell out some money for “Phantom Liberty.” Still, CD Projekt has been in a DLC, expansion, content, partially free, largely unsupported with “The Witcher 3. They are stuck in a quagmire. In other words, you need to see this.
The studio promised the same for Cyberpunk 2077 and said it would offer similar free DLC in August 2020. No specifics were mentioned about how the post-launch content would be structured, but that didn’t matter. As the plan quickly went off the rails as CD Projekt was forced to focus on fixing the game rather than expanding it. The first free DLC appeared in August 2021, and despite being free, it failed to impress.
CD Projekt has previously distinguished between free DLC and paid expansion content for Cyberpunk 2077, albeit in the relatively hidden setting of the 2021 investor conference call.
CD Projekt’s Michał Nowakowski said at the time that “at least for us, there is a distinction between DLC and expansions. ‘Remember that DLC is small content, which we have given away for free in the past with The Witcher 3, and we have plans to do so with Cyberpunk as well.
Expanded content like Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone is much larger. These will be paid for, and when we announce something like that for Cyberpunk, it will be paid for.”
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It’s hard to imagine an entirely new storyline featuring two prominent figures. A part of the city we’ve never seen before would be considered “small content.” Still, just in case, CD Projekt’s global PR director Radek Grabowski told GamesRadar. He confirmed that Phantom Liberty will be “paid for.” The price has not yet been announced, but Grabowski adds that CD Projekt’s expansions are “traditionally cheaper. Than full-price games,” probably under $60.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty promises to be a “spy thriller expansion” with a “new style of plot” centered on the new United States that emerged after the collapse. No release date has been set, but it is expected to be available around 2023; CD Projekt is also working on a full sequel to Cyberpunk 2077.