Cyberpunk 2077 Update Phantom Liberty

We've seen some confusion online with regards to the frankly massive changes coming to Cyberpunk 2077 with the release of its Phantom Liberty expansion this September. In case you haven't heard, developer CD Projekt Red is overhauling huge swathes of the existing game. It's changing skill trees almost completely, adjusting how cyberware works, making major improvements to combat, remaking the police system, adding new missions, and much more. Based on everything we know, this is basically going to be Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 — or perhaps 3.0, if you count the PS5 release as the second step.

Anyway, the game's come under fire from disgruntled fans following all of this news, primarily because some people think these improvements are going to be locked behind Phantom Liberty, which is a paid expansion at £24.99 / $29.99. But that simply isn't the case.

This major update, which contains all of the base game overhauls, will launch separately from Phantom Liberty (although it sounds like it'll actually release at the same time). CDPR confirmed this quite a while back, but for whatever reason, it seems to have been glossed over in the apparent outrage. So, even if you don't plan on buying the expansion, you can still hop back into Cyberpunk 2077 with all of its improvements in place, once the patch drops.

This plan's been reiterated by content creator and streamer @TheSphereHunter, who'll be voicing one of the new characters in Phantom Liberty. "All of these changes are also coming in the base game, it’s not just in the expansion. The entire game has been redone with this stuff," she writes at the end of a Twitter thread that's well worth reading if you want to know more about the aforementioned improvements.

Are you looking forward to playing through Phantom Liberty? Or maybe you'll be starting a fresh Cyberpunk 2077 run thanks to the update? Book a holiday in Night City in the comments section below.