Thursday, December 3, 2020

Will there be space travel in Cyberpunk 2077 game?

Cyberpunk Deep Space sourcebook cover - spaceship over Mars
Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming first-person open world role playing game set in a futuristic dystopian cyberpunk world. The game is developed by Polish game developer CD Projekt Red (known for The Witcher game series considered to be one of the best RPGs ever made) and (hopefully) will be released on December 10, 2020.

Although the story of Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in the dystopian Night City on Earth, in several trailers the developers have hinted there might be some space related activities in the game. The game is adapted from Cyberpunk franchise which was created in 1988 thus splitting there from the real world timeline. Despite several destructive conflicts, in the alternate universe of Cyberpunk the first Lunar colony is established in 1997, in 2011 there is first ESA/Soviet mission to Mars and by 2025 the entire inner Solar system is sprawling with manned spaceships and there are tens of thousands of people living on the Moon, orbital space stations and Mars. You can reed about space in Cyberpunk world (as of 2025) in its sourcebook Deep Space.

In 2018 there were rumors one of CD Projekt Red studios is working on a fragment of the game taking place on the Moon. Recently when we asked Maciej Rebisz who is working as senior concept artist at CD Projekt Red and posting his space art on regular basis, if the company is working on some space themed game, he replied quite curiously, mentioning the Cyberpunk 2077:
It intrigued us and we found out that indeed – recent trailers of the game provide some clues space travel could be in the game. CD Projekt Red is known for its attention to detail. It is unlikely the scrupulous developer would include depiction of space travel in numerous trailers without providing the possibility. The question remains whether it will be included in the base game or some future DLC. So, there are the clues:
There is Orbital Air Space Center near the Night City:
Orbital Air Space Center from Cyberpunk 2077 game

Night city map with Orbital Air Space Center from Cyberpunk 2077 game

Space travel in Cyberpunk 2077 game

The rumored Lunar base could very well be some future DLC but recent promotional materials of the game hint on a mission or some other activity taking place on Crystal Palace space station at Earth-Moon L1 point.

Passenger spaceplane in Low Earth Orbit:
Orbital Air spaceplane from Cyberpunk 2077 game
A TV host floating in Zero-G in front of Crystal Palace space station:
Crystal Palace space station from Cyberpunk 2077 game

Space in Cyberpunk world (infographics)

(as of 2025, according to Deep Space sourcebook)
Cislunar space
Colonisation of Cislunar space in Cyberpunk universe (as of 2025)
Crystal Palace space station
Crystal Palace in Cyberpunk universe (as of 2025)
Tycho Moon Base
Tycho Moon Base in Cyberpunk universe (as of 2025)
Isidis Mars Base
Isidis Mars Base in Cyberpunk universe (as of 2025)

To conclude by answering the question in the title – will there be space travel in Cyberpunk 2077 game? Given the clues – we think, Yes, but most likely it will be implemented through DLCs, not in the base game. Financially it would be the most lucrative way for the developers. However don't expect to be able to fly in Cyberpunk space. Cyberpunk 2077 isn't and won't be a space simulator; if only in a form of some mini game. If space will be implemented in the game, those will be separate locations (maps) where you will travel to with a cutscene like in The Witcher games. We wouldn't expect a Mars colony but a mission chain at Crystal palace space station and later at Lunar colony is quite possible. As the game developer CD Projekt Red has confirmedCyberpunk 2077 will have "no less DLCs than The Witcher 3 had" (it had two).
 
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