As vast and explorable as Night City is shaping up to be, flying vehicles won’t be an option. This was confirmed by CD Projekt Red themselves despite initial job listings mentioning flying vehicles. During an E3 2019 interview, lead quest designer Pawel Sasko had this to say:
I would have to spoil you a bit of the story, I don’t want to, but there are moments when you are in the flying vehicle but you cannot drive it yourself over the city. For that you have all kinds of cars, all kinds of motorcycles. It feels pretty good, actually, to be honest.
V referring to the main protagonist of Cyberpunk 2077. Night City has been described by CD Projekt Red before as very vertical. Since verticality was an emphasis, it’s odd that they leave flying vehicles out.
Swimming was mentioned, however. Now whether this was just so people don’t die upon contact with water is unknown. Perhaps CD Projekt Red has plans for players regarding underwater exploration? Though no part of Cyberpunk 2077 swimming has suggested anything of the like. It could be a surprise for us. Plus it would add to the verticality aspect CD Projekt Red promised us.
Then again, the verticality may have been to focus on the interiors. Cyberpunk 2077 will be taking players to explore the interiors of buildings quite often. No use flying a car in there right?
Flying vehicles will be in the story though. Sasko couldn’t elaborate how due to that being a spoiler. It’s possible V gets captured by the military at some point and is escorted in a carrier?
Some faction in the many groups of Cyberpunk 2077 might have high-level air support as well.
To justify the absence of flying vehicles, CD Projekt Red emphasized on many different ways of transport. They also added that V will be able to swim. This information was given to us for a reason.
Cyberpunk 2077 emphasizes its gameplay more on RPG and story. As we all know, the story has so many different ways of branching out, including not killing anybody. Combined with no procedural generation, that’s a lot on CD Projekt Red’s plate as is.
Cyberpunk 2077 will release in May 2020 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.