Cyberpunk 2077 won't allow players to attack children or NPCs for the fun of it or any reason at all, CD Projekt Red has confirmed.
Gameplay scenes from the upcoming title have shown that things could get wildly violent from time to time but the devs have drawn a line and two groups of characters will be exempt from attacks from players throughout.
A curious Reddit user made sure to ask CDPR about this and received a reply from the studio. Asked if players will be able to kill regular people in the game and how they will be able to interact with Night City in violent fashion, the devs responded with a succinct message confirming that children and NPCs connected with the plot can't become victims of attack, although aggressiveness can be shown to most people gamers come across.
Aggressive actions will probably be carried out via Cyberpunk's dialogue system which was on display during the 48-minute gameplay footage shown at Gamescom 2018. But that anyone is allowed to tote a gun in Night City could lead to some unwanted outcomes if things get too edgy.
Players waiting to get their copy of the game aren't likely to be disappointed with this bit of news as there are many avenues for letting off steam in the game. Plus who'd want to kill kids anyway? (coughs, Skyrim fans) Maybe some feel that other NPCs should be fair game but the fact that harm won't come to them, through players at least, shouldn't be that huge of an issue and it certainly won't have people changing their minds about buying this game.
Fans on Reddit have joked that they're harboring plans to develop a mod that allows players to kill any NPC they feel like. The annoying kids from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been used as examples, as have characters like the Jarl of Windhelm Ulfric Stormcloak. Mods were created that allowed players to kill such characters and perhaps one could be made for Cyberpunk 2077 too.
CDPR, though, has announced that mods will not be supported at launch but there are probably some gamers who will await the day support comes along so they can begin putting things in place to wreak havoc on anyone in sight.
Cyberpunk 2077 is set for release on April 16, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.