CD Projekt Red allocated more budget to Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion than any previous DLC, meaning it cost more to make than The Witcher 3’s hefty Blood and Wine expansion.
As reported by Polish outlet Parkiet (and spotted by Eurogamer), CD Projekt Red confirmed Phantom Liberty to have the “biggest budget” ever allocated to one of its DLCs.
Although this was originally interpreted to mean the “biggest ever DLC”, there is an important distinction to make between budget and the size of content, and Idris Elba joining the cast will likely have led to an increase in cost.
Clarifying the difference on Reddit, community director Marcin Morton said this “is about the biggest budget when it comes to expansion packs we’ve released,” and that CD Projekt Red “will be talking more about the game scope related details in the future” .
That being said, The Witcher 3’s Blood and Wine expansion added around 40 hours of gameplay to the already massive RPG, including around 15 hours of main story quests set amidst a whole new region. Given that Phantom Liberty is the only major expansion coming to Cyberpunk 2077, fans are certainly expecting something of the same depth.
Phantom Liberty is expected to launch sometime in 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC, although CD Projekt Red has not yet mentioned any specific release date or price.
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Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.