As CDPR gives interviews, shows new videos, and tours, we'll learn more about all the improvements that the next patch and PL will bring to Cyberpunk 2077 before CDPR lets it go forever. Not all improvements will be in the patch. They will be distributed between the patch and the expansion, we will know more about this in September.
I would like you to help me make a detailed guide to all the new features that will help us players to appreciate the work done by CDPR.
I will expose the ones that I know (if I am wrong, correct me) and I await your contributions with the information that you may know.
Skill tree rebuilt from scratch with new abilities.
The level cap has been increased to 60.
Improved inventory management and information
Improved HUD. Some kind of dynamic HUD. As an example, when you start talking to Myers, the entire HUD disappears.
New phone interface. Now divided into 3 categories: Recent Contacts, Messages, and Contacts (which are sorted alphabetically).
The clothes will only be aesthetic. Armor is indeed linked to Cyberware but actual armor - breast plates, plate carriers, etc. will still have armor stats. No more hobo clown clothes armor.
Transmog management (Wardrobe) is now also available in clothing stores, not just in V's apartments.
Abilities, will be linked to the cyberware.
New ways of killing hand-to-hand and more aggressive.
A cooldown has been added to healing items and grenades so you won't be able to spam them.
Netrunning changes. Now you can make combos with quick hacks and you don't have to wait a while to use another hack on the same enemy, but it will add it to the queue.
You can hack and destroy enemy vehicles.
There was also spotted something like: "Netrunner Booster" that made RAM unlimited for a short while. You can also hack through monowire.
More on netrunning changes: Hacks are divided into two categories: ones that expose your position to the enemy (all the combat hacks) and the ones that don't. When you get detected after using combat hack, but you are not found yet, you will notice a progress bar showing the time needed for an enemies to find your position via network and during that period every detectable hack will speed up this progress by certain amount of time. So if you want to take everyone down via hacks without being found, you need to queque them up in the right way.
Enemy netrunners have been buffed. Now, instead of trying to overheat the player all the time, they tried to disable weapons and cyberware, among other things.
The Relic option is now active. Relic's abilities give ultrapowers for a limited time. Exclusive feature in Phantom Liberty. Relic points (which unlock additional abilities in the Relic skill tree) are obtained by connecting to the Militech terminals spread across Dogtown.
It's possible to increase the number of installable cyberware with the corresponding perks (attributes?).
Some NPCs react to our character. These NPCs seemed to be marked with a green circle on the minimap.
There will be illegal weapons and cyberware that we will only get in Dogtown.
Installing cyberware in Ripperdocs will have an animation of sitting down and getting up from the chair. We don't know if there will be any kind of additional animation.
A cyberware limiter that prevents us from getting too rough with chrome. Cyberpsychosis will not be reached, but an excess of chrome will penalise us in the skills
New available area near the Orbital Air Space Center.
New roads in the Badlands have also been spotted as well as new things all around Night City.
You can jump out of the vehicle and attack.
Ability to get all vehicles in the game through purchase or missions. Including those who drive npcs and that you can't own now. The purchase of cars can also be made through the Autofixit website. They have also talked about: new vehicle buying system (similar to the one known from GTA 5).
Purchase or use of armed vehicles and whose destructive capacity can be improved
Police rebuilt from scratch, it will be totally different. Vehicle persecution, hacking or damage to your vehicle, barricades and MAXTAC as a last option. They come down from their air vehicle and it will be really difficult. There will be different types of Maxtac soldiers that we will fight when we have 5 stars. In addition, we will be able to intercept the NCPD radio to find out their attack plans against us.
Huge expansion of enemy AI.
There will be hunters who will look for us in the city to kill us.
Enemies chase us and fight in cars and motorcycles.
Enemy archetypes have been redone to give more variety.
The pedestrians are mostly bug fixes.
New romantic moments and unlock new dialogues. Phantom Liberty will have "no new romance options" but "some new content" for existing characters.
The difficulty curve is different.
The UI and UX have been greatly updated.
Improved Vehicle Driving.
Attack from vehicles. Apart from being able to use ranged weapons in vehicle combat, you can now also use melee weapons while riding a motorcycle.
Vehicle Combat also available from 3rd person perspective.
Endings in PL will affect the base game. Then, based on the ending within Phantom Liberty, you can unlock a new ending in the base game.
Improved physics. As an example, they have said that vehicle tires can be destroyed.
Fights between factions from vehicles and persecutions.
Small orders or missions that are generated randomly.
A whole variety of conflicts and activities that are generated in Night city to give the characteristics of a living world and in which we can intervene or ignore them.
Enemies chasing you with their vehicles if you run away.
They've overhauled the weather and atmosphere as well.
Improved Character models and facial animations.
The climbing animations for V seem to have been improved.
Improved design of various game content.
Minimap is more dynamic. The zoom out effect of it has been smoothed out and it also zooms out with higher speed.
3 new radio stations, 89.7 Growl FM (community music), Dark Star (music of CDPR and two songs of Idris Elba) and Impulse Radio (create by Dj Idris Elba).
A new mini game called "Trauma Drama" is being added into the game (don't know if it's PL exclusive or not). It's another arcade machine side-scroller game.
A new side quest for Vik will be added that will force players with an existing save to change cyberware to reduce the newly added "humanity cost" that gives stats debuffs.
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