The biggest and free Cyberpunk 2077 update is coming on September 21

Nearly three years post its controversial launch, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to redefine itself with a major update and expansion.

Idris Elba's involvement in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty all but guarantees that fans will flock to it.

In 2020, CD Projekt RED introduced the world to the sprawling metropolis of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077. But the much-hyped release was marred by controversy due to myriad bugs, especially on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Nearly three years on, Cyberpunk 2077 has clawed its way back from the depths of reviewing bombing and criticism to realize its true potential.

With steady post-launch updates and unparalleled support, Cyberpunk 2077 has dramatically improved across multiple platforms. However, the thing that really turned heads recently is the announcement of the 2.0 update, which promises to harness the power of the latest gaming hardware.

Even if you don't purchase the DLC, you'll still enjoy the 2.0 Update for Cyberpunk 2077.

Slated for release on September 21, the much-anticipated 2.0 update will be available to all players on Xbox Series S/X, Windows PC, and PlayStation 5. This update is not just a patch, but an overhaul, offering an array of new features and a bevvy improvements, and modifications to the game mechanics and systems. The 2.0 update, as presented in the Night City Wire presentation, also boasts of revamped features like the redesigned police system, where confrontations with the Max Tac force could turn deadly. Players will also experience a revamped UI, redesigned skill trees, and improved cyberware and capacity systems. Gamers can look forward to unlocking new abilities that significantly alter their gameplay style, a departure from the conventional minor percentage enhancements.

For those hungering for a richer narrative, five days post the 2.0 release, fans can dive into Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. However, it's worth noting that both these additions will not be available on older Xbox One or PS4 consoles. This decision might be a bitter pill for some, but it's necessary after the launch issues primarily affecting older platforms.

It's hard not to wonder if Cyberpunk 2.0 is what the developers originally envisioned for the game back in 2020.

Going back, the paid DLC is dubbed as a rebirth for the title, expanding the horizons of Night City and adding depth to the in-game opportunities.

Set against a backdrop of intrigue and suspense, players will guide V, the game's protagonist, on an espionage mission to save the NUS President, ensnared in the perilous district of Dogtown. This expansion also offers the chance to forge alliances with new characters, most notably Solomon Reed, brought to life by the charismatic Idris Elba. This story arc has garnered attention, with some speculating that players might face a dilemma, having to choose between Elba's character and another, Songbird. The narrative appears to be steering towards painting all characters as victims of circumstance, making decisions all the more poignant.

Beyond the narrative, the expansion will bring technical upgrades and gameplay enhancements. CDPR, known for its cinematic prowess as showcased in their Witcher series and the Edgerunners trailer, is expected to add narrative layers through cinematic sequences.

The future of Cyberpunk 2077 is in good hands now that CD Projekt RED has learned its lesson.

It's clear that CD Projekt Red sees a bright future for the Cyberpunk universe. Not only are they working tirelessly to redefine Cyberpunk 2077, but its sequel, Project Orion, which promises an exploration of the "full power and potential of the Cyberpunk universe," is also in development. Additionally, there's chatter about CDPR's continued commitment to their flagship Witcher series and a brand new IP named Project Hadar.

In a space brimming with RPG titles, September 21 will witness a clash of titans, with Cyberpunk 2077's 2.0 update and Baldur's Gate 3's new patch releasing concurrently. Both titles, disparate in gameplay and aesthetics, will vie for gamers' attention, making it a week to remember.

Cyberpunk 2077's public reputation has improved so much over the years that it's hard to tell that it was ever universally reviled at all.

With only weeks to go until then, you might want to start catching up on your sleep, because you won't be getting any starting September 21.

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