CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 will have three distinct story lines that you can play through. The new gameplay details were dropped by industry veteran Geoff Keighley while he was commenting on an hour long gameplay livestream today. The stream was filled to the brim with awesome gameplay details and Keighley’s in-depth take on it. He was lucky enough to play 4 hours of the game himself. Here’s how the three story lines differ from each other and impact your playthrough..
Cyberpunk 2077 offers three distinct backstories, also called lifepaths, for the player to choose from. As a background, you can pick between Nomad, Street Kid, and Corporate. Depending on the choice you make at the start of the game, your gameplay experience varies greatly. Keighley stated that the prologue is completely different for the three story lines. After that, the main game also takes new twists and turns, based on your background.
The Nomad grew up in a hostile world on the outskirts of Night City (the Bad Lands). These rugged brawlers watched Mad Max and thought “let’s dress just like that.” As a gang, it’s all about family for the Nomads. That means that you can use them as a lifeline, but you’re expected to return those favors.
Growing up on the streets, you learn to survive on the streets of Night City at a young age. You are ‘street smart’, which may help you get out of difficult situations quickly. You’re born into poverty, which means you have to be creative in order to get out.
As a Copro, short for ‘corporate’, you are involved with the big corporations of Night City. Corpo’s are in control of everything but that doesn’t mean things don’t get dirty every once in a while. As an added bonus, you will have access to the highest grade additions to your body. And military weapons, of course.
How does it impact the game?
Based on Keighley’s time with the game, picking a specific story line has a huge effect on your gameplay experience. First of all, every story line begins with a unique prologue. Depending on your ‘faction’ you are introduced to Night City in a unique way. Additionally, your choice bleeds into the actual game itself. Different dialogue options open up for you, depending on your background.
But choosing a life path isn’t just about the three different prologues. It influences the main story. For example, you’ll always meet your buddy Jackie (seen in the picture above), regardless of your background. But how you meet him differs. Your dynamic with him also depends on who you chose to be. So it looks like the three story lines intersect at various points in the game, but your initial choice does matter. Lastly, we learned that your choice also influences which unique Special Abilities and Career Skills you get access to.
So yeah, great… now we have to spend another entire day contemplating which backstory to choose after we’re done designing our character (genitals and all). Which story line are you going to play through first?
Cyberpunk 2077 release date
Fans of Cyberpunk 2077 recently had to process the fact that the game is delayed again. This huge chunk of new gameplay may soften the pain a little bit, but we still have to wait close to half a year before the release date. Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for November 19.