Though developer CD Projekt Red has been quiet on the hacking mechanisms in Cyberpunk 2077, a social media interaction has revealed a bit of what we can expect from the full game.
“Netrunning will definitely be an important part of the game, but I can’t tell you much about it,” the account replied. “What I can say is that, gameplay-wise, you’ll be able to hack systems to help you during missions, open doors, distract enemies, etc. You’ll also be able to gain knowledge that you will use to your advantage — locations of interesting places and so on.”
Introduced in the roleplaying card game Cyberpunk 2013, Netrunners are a type of computer hacker with cybernetically augmented interface system implants. With brain-computer interface implants, they can find information to sell to fixers, find systems to hack and traverse the Internet.
Though this sort of gameplay has been highly expected from Cyberpunk 2077, we saw very little of it in the massive 48-minute demo video released by CD Projekt Red. This comment does clarify that players can obtain useful knowledge through hacking, and even hack systems as a distraction.
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