Cyberpunk 2077 features both a dynamic weather system and a day-night cycle that were assumed to organically impact gameplay. However, as it turns out, only one of them will affect gameplay while the other will affect the in-game world.
Posting on Reddit last night, user “shavod” recalled what he learned from the annual community meeting hosted by CD Projekt Red in Warsaw, Poland. Having dynamic weather affect gameplay was proving to be a bit complicated. Hence, the developer deemed it more suitable to only have the in-game world of Cyberpunk 2077 react to different weather settings.
For example, people on the streets will pull out their umbrellas when it rains, while the ones without will look for shelter. This presumingly also covers dynamic weather like acid rain, which was supposed to drastically change the environment but will now only have people running around for safety.
As for the day-night cycle, that feature will have a large part to play in terms of gameplay. Players may need to decide at what time to pursue a particular quest. Some locations in Cyberpunk 2077 will be heavily guarded at night, while others will be not. Guards may also become sleepy during the night, opening up opportunities to sneak in. There are also quests and scenes from the main storyline that change depending on the time of day they are taking place in. It all comes down to the choices of the player.
Elsewhere, more clarification has been provided regarding the branching storylines of Cyberpunk 2077. In short, even the side quests will have side quests, and these will often connect with other quests, including the main storyline, depending on the choices made. CD Projekt Red wants to make it clear that Cyberpunk 2077 will have plenty of reasons for a second playthrough. Based on the gameplay design, players may even opt for a third playthrough since it will be difficult to find one playthrough that will be exactly the same.
Interestingly, Cyberpunk 2077 has a “really cool way” to have players start a new playthrough as soon as they are done with the first one. CD Projekt Red never explained how but based on the wording, players will be given a strong reason to get back into Night City straight away.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020. There are no current plans to release the game on next-generation consoles as soon as they arrive in the holiday season of 2020. The developer will eventually look into PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett but not right away.