In news that will be music to the ears of any ardent RPG fan, CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 can be completed from start to finish without killing a single person. That’s right. The entirety of Cyberpunk 2077, along with every one of its branching quests and side quests, can all be finished through means other than putting a knife in someone’s gut.

“We were like, ‘we can cover it actually, it’s just a bit more work, and when we can figure it out’ and we made the decision, okay, fuck it, just let’s support it completely, in every quest, every side quest, minor quest, every street story, absolute, literally in every possible scenario, you don’t have to kill,” said lead quest designer Pawel Sasko.

It wasn’t necessarily part of the original plan for Cyberpunk 2077 then, but it absolutely is now. Those who prefer to charismatically talk their way out of a situation, or find an alternate way to sneak to their objective, can now do so for the entirety of the game. The Deus Ex vibes are strong with this one. It’s all setting me off a little bit internally, to be honest, as I’m already beginning to feel obliged to try a no-kill run. Shotgunning the first person I find should put that to rest though.

Of course, this all means the immersive sim comparisons are beginning to come thick and fast. Games which promote creative problem solving and choice, rather than just laying things on a plate for the player. At its core though, it would appear Cyberpunk 2077 is one step removed from the Deus Ex, Thief, and Preys of this world.

“I don’t think Cyberpunk is an immersive sim, to the fullest potential,” Sasko continued. “Because this is not really the game we’re trying to make. However, there are lots of elements from immersive sim that you will find there. You have a fluid class system, you can pick this skill, that skill, combine them, add to it.

It all sounds fairly immersive sim-y, to be honest, with various skills and specialiations that will allow players to gear themselves towards specific situations, such as being an expert cyber runner, a lethal marksman, or a billy bullshitter capable of talking their way out of just about anything.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 16th, 2020.


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