Cyberpunk 2077 Is Shorter Than The Witcher 3
To beat the main quest in The Witcher 3 took roughly 60 hours. This was just the main story content. To complete all the side quests and additional content would mean dumping more than 100 hours into the game. In fact, a completionist playthrough takes about 175-200 hours. According to an attendee of CD Projekt Red’s yearly polish community meeting, the developer has revealed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a little shorter than The Witcher 3, but offer more replayability. This comparison involves just the main story, and the primary side quests, according to Redditor shavod.
The information makes sense, as the different character builds in Cyberpunk 2077 will impact how you approach missions, offering instant replayability should you choose to create your character differently each time. In The Witcher 3, Geralt was Geralt, and your approach to any mission would be the same as any other player.
CD Projekt Red is also approaching side quests in Cyberpunk 2077 a little differently to how they approached them in The Witcher 3. In their upcoming take on the classic pen-and-paper RPG, many of the side quests will have an impact on the main story itself, while in The Witcher 3, they existed almost entirely separately to the main events of the game. They can also impact other side quests and will offer plenty of variance in how each player’s game can develop.
Witcher 3’s side quest system was reportedly described as “a single line, with a bunch of branches sticking out of it,” whereas in comparison CDPR said Cyberpunk 2077’s side missions will often evolve into further side quests which in turn impact other quests, including the main story.
A Cyberpunk 2077 designer previously told VGC that the game’s side quests are “a crucial part of the game.”
“I can’t give details, but… we were talking about one [side quest] which I didn’t even know we could do or why we would do it,” level designer Max Pears said in September.
“I wish I could talk about it, because honestly there’s one side-quest – and believe me when I say, you’ll know it when you see it – of absolute craziness. There are some fantastic interactions of not just the levels but the characters that you meet.”
“Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis
obsessed with power, glamour and body modification,” reads an official elevator pitch of the game. “You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is in development for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia, and next-gen consoles, and will first be available on April 16, 2020.