Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty’s Main Quest Can Be Failed Permanently At The Start

Best not to make the wrong choice.

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  • Cyberpunk 2077 has been at the center of attention in recent times, owing its newfound success to Update 2.0, and subsequently, the consistent efforts from the side of CD Projekt Red. 
  • Yesterday, the game’s first and final DLC expansion came out, titled Phantom Liberty. It features a cameo of Idris Elba and is set in a brand-new area called Dogtown within Night City. 
  • In recent times, it has been discovered that you can actually break your game and permanently fail the Phantom Liberty expansion by not agreeing to what a certain NPC has to offer to you. 
  • If you’re not careful, therefore, you will need to reset your game to a previous point where you hadn’t locked yourself out of the paid expansion inadvertently. 

Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be enjoying its period of resurgence at the moment, with the developer CD Projekt Red pulling the title out from the depths of post-launch hell and breathing new life into it. The game’s one and only campaign expansion just launched yesterday — called Phantom Liberty — and it’s already started to make headlines for all sorts of reasons. 

Surprisingly enough, there is a way to “break” the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC expansion if you’re not compliant enough early on. That way, the new unlocked Night City area Dogtown will still be be explorable, but nothing substantial will be coming out of it, nor will you be able to interact with Idris Elba’s Solomon Reed (thanks PC Gamer).

Solomon Reed in Phantom Liberty
Solomon Reed in Phantom Liberty

Before we tread any further, though, it’s worth mentioning that you’re approaching the spoiler territory now, although a minor one, so do trek with caution. One of Phantom Liberty’s early game mainline quests—Lucretia My Reflection—has the protagonist V escorting NUSA’s president Rosalind Myers to a safe house. It’s a fairly lengthy sequence that has you going through multiple sections of Dogtown

If you’re confused about where to begin, the Lucretia My Reflection quest begins right after you cut down the Chimera at the end of the “Spider and the Fly” quest and speak with Myers. As soon as you get the president to a safe spot, you follow up with Solomon Reed, who is played by Idris Elba, and the two of you head back to the hideout where Myers is located. 

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One thing leads to another, and Solom finally ends up asking V whether he thinks the payout is “worth it.” To this, you have three different options to choose from, with only one of them locking the expansion out for you, namely “You’re right. I’m out.” Using this reply will still prompt Myers to say, “Walk out of here, and the deal’s null and void–understand?” Reply with “Made my decision” and that’s it for the DLC.

The Million-Dollar Question in Phantom Liberty
The Million-Dollar Question in Phantom Liberty

Once done, a prompt will surface on the screen, signaling that you’ve failed the quest at hand. From there on out, you’re free to roam around Dogtown as you please, but as far as proceeding with the Phantom Liberty campaign expansion is concerned, that’s no longer doable. So, yes, that’s what you need to know before kicking things off with the DLC—don’t mess around getting things locked up for yourself.

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In other news, Cyberpunk 2077 has amassed more concurrent players than Starfield on Steam at the moment, and this comes after the arrival of Update 2.0. The latter has seemingly overhauled many of the game’s existing mechanics, such as the police system which was previously lambasted for its janky quality. All things considered, the first-person shooter RPG is doing better than ever. 

The game was released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in December 2020 initially. Yesterday, on September 26, Phantom Liberty was launched across all platforms Cyberpunk 2077 is on.

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