CD Projekt Red says that players should look at starting a new save in Cyberpunk 2077 when the Update 2.0 drops in the coming days. While Update 2.0 still doesn’t have a release date, the studio is set to roll out it before the release of its paid expansion, Phantom Liberty on 26 September.
The Cyberpunk 2077 Update 2.0 aims to overhaul most of the game’s mechanics while at the same time, adding loads of new features to the experience. We recently covered what the update includes and what you’ll need to pay for in the new expansion here.
CD Projekt Red says that players will be able to continue their Cyberpunk 2077 playthrough as normal after Update 2.0 rolls out. However, due to the number of changes in the patch, the studio does recommend starting fresh in order to experience the enhanced gameplay.
Hey, chooms! While you'll be able to continue the game with your current character on an existing save, we recommend starting a new game after @CyberpunkGame Update 2.0. Due to the number of changes, starting fresh will enhance your overall gameplay experience! pic.twitter.com/rqdokahhAg
— CD PROJEKT RED CS (@CDPRED_Support) September 19, 2023
Of course, this is completely up to you. There’s no indication yet whether or not continuing your save results in possible bugs due to the mismatch of content and mechanics tied to your previous save and game version. However, Update 2.0 does bring with it a whole new skill tree and perk system. That alone should offer enough reason to start fresh.
We don’t know if players will be locked out of this system or if they will be granted points and incentives to dive into it depending on their current level and progression. Given Cyberpunk 2077’s previous bugs and issues, I would actually start fresh myself. This Update 2.0 is meant to bring the game closer to the original promised experience. It would be nice to play that from start to finish.
The studio recently shared a handful of new gameplay videos showing off some of the new character builds you can create after the update. Add that to the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion and the game might actually be worth returning to.
Phantom Liberty launches on 26 September for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Update 2.0 still doesn’t have a date.