Cyberpunk 2077 Original Backstories Feature Gets Replaced by Life Path Origins

Game studio CD Projekt RED has recently released a new trailer for upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077 and showed a lot of new gameplay. Several gaming publications got the chance to get hands-on play on the prologue of the game and noticed a change at the start.

According to gaming publication VG247, they first noticed that when they were about to custom create a character, there was a huge change to it from what everyone saw on the first reveal. This was the backstories of the main character V.

The first reveal featured backstories that were created via three unique choices with three options each, which were a childhood hero, a key life event, and the reason for heading to Night City. This made the character more complex due to the fact that players could mix and match this at random. This would result in wild results.

In the new version of the game that many gaming publications got their hands on, they would only get one choice now between three more defined backstories. This is now more streamlined compared to the original ones.

CD Projekt Red Quest Designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz revealed the reason to VG247:

Having players shape V’s backstory through a series of choices, like selecting your childhood hero, a key life event, and the reason for choosing to go to Night City, was one of the ideas we were looking at and iterating on earlier in development for character creation. However, the longer we talked about it, the more we felt we wanted to make these choices more meaningful and impactful. This is how we came up with the idea for life paths.

We felt it’d be really cool for players to be able to not only choose V’s origin, but let them experience its events first-hand as a participant. So when players first start the game, they’re presented with a choice of the three life paths — Street Kid, Nomad, and Corpo. Each one starts you off in a completely different place and features an alternative set of prologue quests.

The characters you meet on your adventure will also take notice of where you hail from, with your life path sometimes giving you access to certain dialogue options unique to this background. Our goal was to equip players with as many customization and roleplay options while also fleshing out these totally different perspectives on Cyberpunk 2077’s world for V as a character. I think the life paths system is something that helped us do just that.

Players can now choose between Street Kid, Nomad, and Corpo. In the featured livestream on our website, Geoff Keighley chose to be a Corpo.

Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on Nov. 19. It will be available on PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5. Google Stadia version is also coming before the end of the year.

Thanks VG247!

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