A dataminer claims to have found subtitles for an upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion in the February patch that brought CD Projekt’s open world game to version 1.5. A file containing text files, mostly of English dialogues, but some in Polish, was uploaded to various subreddits, including r/GamingLeaksAndRumours (opens in new tab).
Inside the file are folders called “quest” and “open_world”, the second of which has subfolders for “fixers”, “mini_world_stories”, “scene”, “street_stories” and “world_encounters”. The text features a storyline and related sidequests that begin with V infiltrating the Combat Zone, an area of Night City that has not been previously explored in Cyberpunk 2077.
The questgiver is a netrunner using the name Songbird that invades V’s head and temporarily replaces Johnny Silverhand, which seems like a convenient way to explain Keanu Reeves’ absence. Presumably taking it back to the recording booth for some sizable DLC wouldn’t be worth the cost.
While the meat and potatoes of this expansion feels like a side story, there are also files related to Cyberpunk 2077’s endings, suggesting that if you play, you’ll be able to unlock a different version of at least one of them. It all looks pretty legit, but it’s probably also a snippet of a work in progress that could change drastically by the time it’s done and is currently scheduled for release in 2023.
Earlier this year, CD Projekt joint CEO Adam Kiciński reiterated that Cyberpunk 2077 expansions were still in development, saying, “I can confirm that we are working on expansions; nothing has changed here.” However, the announcement of next wizard game mentioned “the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion” in the singular and during a CD Projekt Q1 2022 results conference Kiciński also seemed to refer to a “Cyberpunk expansion” (opens in new tab). Redditors who were expecting two add-ons aren’t taking well to the idea that there will only be one, although it’s entirely possible that they’re reading too much into the inconsistent use of the plural by non-native English speakers. We’ll have to wait and see.