How Cyberpunk 2077's Cyberware Mechanic Will Impact Gameplay
Which cyberware will you choose?
Many RPGs often have complex systems and menus you need to manage as you build up your character, and CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 is no different. There is a sophisticated inventory menu in the game where you can manage both your character's equipment, how they look, and their cybernetic prosthetic loadout.
So do you want to deck your character out in that sick olive bomber jacket with that crazy light-up collar, or would you prefer the simplicity of a basic hoodie? You have the freedom to make your style dreams come true. Each piece of clothing has its own unique statistics; though, this probably has you wondering about the late game when you're min-maxing while still wanting to maintain a desirable appearance.
According to Cyberpunk 2077 senior level designer Miles Tost, the team does have a solution to this often annoying issue. Though, he was unwilling to share exactly what it was during the recent deep dive gameplay stream.
While you're likely to spend hours customizing your character's outfits, you'll probably be spending similar time tailoring their cyberware. These cybernetic prosthetic tools are your character's lifeblood and what you frequently install to upgrade their capabilities. For example, you might customize your legs to double jump or install a mod that silences your jumps to make you more stealthy. You'll typically go to Ripper docs to purchase and enhance cyberware, but there are some you can get on your own as you complete quests.
There are also ways to enhance your cyberware on the fly via items called Shards. If you slot these onto your character, you can gain the power of other cyberware and see how it would be if you'd installed it into your body. Shards seem to offer you the ability to experiment without committing to installing full-on pieces of cyberware onto your body to see if it suits your playstyle.
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