After outlining the narrative contours of the world of Night City, the CD Projekt RED authors unveil some of the settings we can explore freely once the boundaries of the Cyberpunk 2077 giant city are crossed.
During the same interview with WCCFTech in which the difficulty levels in Cyberpunk 2077 were finally confirmed, the UI Director Alvin Liu opened a window on the settings of the suburbs of Night City, clarifying that“Of course, it will be absolutely possible to explore areas outside the city. You will be able to venture into the California desert to see things like nuclear power plants, abandoned highways and the like. So yes, the game world will not be limited to Night City at all, which is a really nice place to explore but where, perhaps, it will be rather difficult to speed through its streets aboard your car or motorcycle. However, there will be races to which you can participate freely”.
As for the doubts nurtured by those who wonder if all these areas could be explored from the beginning of the adventure or if they will have to undergo some kind of “narrative obligation” (as foreseen in the series of The Witcher), Liu does not clarify in a way the question is definitive but take the opportunity to simply state that “there will be no invisible wall inside the game or worse still blocks where we will show a message on the screen that will prompt you to go back. It makes no sense in a game “Like that, right? It would be a bit like crossing the street and someone would block us before we get to the other side, what’s the problem? So no, you won’t experience anything like this. “
The release of Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled for April 16, 2020, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.