...or thousands of NPCs with different behaviour
...or environmental hazards
...or bribing the cops
...or joinable factions
...or 1 lifepath = 1 different storyline
...or flying AVs
...or riding trains
...or purchasing apartments
...or 3rd person camera
Pure fantasy, wishful thinking, mistranslations, or, sometimes, outdated information being passed as "promised features".
A lot of that is reading stuff into the writing that is still mostly true.
After all, you do fly around in AVs. Just not as part of the game. You do get some new apartments from Judy and Panam.
What they promised was Life Paths would affect things. Which they do. For people familiar with the tabletop game, everyone is an Edgerunner. Lifepaths are literally another word for background.
You wouldn't play this game if you didn't want to be a mercenary for corporate and criminal overlords.