CD Projekt Red has recommended that players start from the beginning of Cyberpunk 2077 before diving into the Phantom Liberty expansion and the 2.0 update. While this may seem like a daunting task, it is necessary to fully experience all the updates and changes that have been implemented since the game's launch.
The 2.0 update alone brings significant overhauls, including new skill trees and Cyberware that can completely transform your character's build. Starting from an old playthrough may leave you feeling disoriented, as buttons no longer function the same way and it takes time to unlearn established muscle memory.
Even if you didn't love the story of Cyberpunk 2077, the numerous patches and added features make it worth considering starting over. The game has improved significantly since its launch, and returning players may find that much of it feels entirely new.
If you choose not to start over, it is still recommended to take some time to test out the new skill trees and cyberware before beginning the Phantom Liberty expansion. Reloading an old save will prompt a notification that all skill points have been removed, allowing you to completely rebuild your character. This is an opportunity to experiment with different playstyles before tackling the challenging fights in the expansion.
To try different builds, you can either reload a save before allocating skill points or pay the in-game currency to respec. It is important to familiarize yourself with the new abilities by engaging in combat encounters before starting the expansion.
Starting the expansion itself is a separate conversation, but by taking the time to fully immerse yourself in the updated game before diving into Phantom Liberty, you'll be able to make informed decisions and potentially reach a brand new conclusion for your character's journey.
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