In September, Cyberpunk 2077 is getting its first and only expansion Phantom Liberty. The expansion gives players a brand-new “spy-thriller” storyline to play through, as well as a new location to explore and several new characters to meet including Solomon Reed who is played by Idris Elba. However, with Cyberpunk 2077 only getting one expansion, developer CD Projekt Red is also taking this opportunity to give players several fixes that they’ve been asking for since the base game launched at the end of 2020. This long list includes things like improved vehicle combat and an expanded police system. The latter update was given a full blog post today from the developer, breaking down exactly how it will work.

Essentially, CD Projekt Red has taken the Night City Police Department and made them much more dogged and deadly. If you break the law, they will track you down with a level of tenacity that wasn’t seen in the original release. The developers have implemented a “Heat” system which functions similarly to the “Wanted” system popularized in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Cyberpunk 2077 takes it up another level though by introducing a Max Tac mini-boss when you hit five stars that can come in different archetypes to ensure you’re always on your toes.

If you’re caught by the NCPD, they’ll have no mercy, so you’ll want to keep your distance as best you can. If you’re able to stay out of site, you’ll start to notice NPCs dynamically move away from you, as you’ve become a bit less interesting. That said, the NCPD seems to have plenty of tools at its disposal to take you down, so come prepared for a fight if you decide to break the law.

What is Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty’s Release Date

Phantom Liberty releases on September 25. One thing to keep in mind is that you need a copy of the base version of Cyberpunk 2077 to play. This is not a standalone title. Phantom Liberty is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Unfortunately, because of all the changes being implemented with the expansion, CD Projekt Red will not be bringing this release to PS4 or Xbox One.

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