It looks like you’ll have a lot of freedom in Cyberpunk 2077. The dystopian RPG will feature multiple endings meaning your own choices matter, you can complete it without killing anyone, and you won’t even have to worry about a morality system keeping track of what you get up to in Night City. However, developer CD Projekt Red now seems to have confirmed one big restriction – you won’t be able to attack kids or story NPCs.
User Masoncool4566 has posted a screenshot on Reddit (via Gamerant) of what appears to be a direct message with the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account, in which they asked the devs if they would be able to “kill regular people” in the game. The response said “you won’t be able to attack children or NPCs connected with the plot”. If true, it doesn’t look likely that you’ll get to take on Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand in a fist-fight, then. Not that you’d want to, of course.
However, it still looks like you’ll more or less have free-rein to be a bit fighty towards anyone else in the game. The devs add “other than that you can be aggressive towards most people you meet”, adding a ‘winking face’ emojji for effect.
If you’re not looking to do a pacifist run, maybe you’ll get to test out some of those smart-tracking bullets, weapons that can shoot through walls, and melee combat translated from the Witcher 3 on some of those other people unlucky enough to cross your path.
Keeping kids and NPCs key to V’s missions safe from combat sounds like a good idea, for obvious reasons. However, it looks like some people are already thinking about whether someone will create a mod to override this restriction in the future, comparing the idea to one created for Skyrim. The game isn’t going to support mods at launch, so hopefully the poor youngsters of Night City will be safe, for a while at least.
Cyberpunk 2077 is due to drop on April 16, 2020.