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When Does Phantom Liberty Story Start In Cyberpunk 2077?

Discover how the Phantom Liberty expansion integrates into the Cyberpunk 2077 storyline with our comprehensive guide.
When Does Phantom Liberty Story Start In Cyberpunk 2077?
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Wondering how Phantom Liberty fits into the Cyberpunk 2077 storyline? We've got you covered. Set in Night City, a sprawling neon-lit metropolis powered by advanced tech and societal challenges, players can immerse themselves in a world of hackers, mega-corporations, and cyber-enhanced individuals.

However, the latest Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC brings an entirely new area of intrigues, Dogtown, featuring new threats and high-stakes discoveries, all within the iconic Night City skyline. Find out everything about the expansion, including how to play Phantom Liberty in Cyberpunk 2077, in this guide!

How Does Phantom Liberty Fit Into Cyberpunk 2077 Storyline?

The Phantom Liberty expansion slots itself into the core storyline of Cyberpunk 2077, not as a continuation after the main story's conclusion, but as a concurrent narrative. Specifically, it's positioned around the midpoint of the main storyline.

As noted by the developers on X (formerly Twitter), the expansion becomes available after players complete the "Transmission" quest in Cyberpunk 2077, which marks a key encounter with Maman Brigitte of the Voodoo Boys.

Shortly after wrapping up the "Transmission" quest, players will receive a phone call from a character named Songbird, heralding the commencement of the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty quests.

Do I Need To Beat Cyberpunk 2077 To Play Phantom Liberty?

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No. As noted by the developers, "If you have already finished [the "Transmission" quest] or the game — Songbird will contact you shortly after you turn the game on. And if you haven’t played Cyberpunk 2077 at all and want to dive straight into the expansion — you will be able to do that from the main menu!"

For players who want to dive directly into the new Phantom Liberty content without integrating it into their current playthrough, there's an option from the Cyberpunk 2077 main menu to start the DLC. Choosing this option requires creating a new character specifically for the expansion.

If you have completed the game, just be mindful that your progress in the expansion could affect the base game's endings. If you're worried about how this might affect your playthrough, don't be. The game will notify you of any significant incoming plot changes.

What Is The Phantom Liberty Plot In Cyberpunk 2077?

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Set in the gritty streets of the new Dogtown district, an area that complements Night City's vibrant Pacifica region, the Phantom Liberty expansion introduces a spy-thriller narrative to Cyberpunk 2077.

Players continue in the shoes of V, the cyber-enhanced mercenary. However, this time, V is embroiled in a high-stakes espionage mission to save none other than the president of the New United States of America.

But this mission isn't straightforward. Dogtown, described as a city within a city, is fraught with danger. Players will be challenged to infiltrate heavily guarded buildings, eliminate threats, and engage with a new Militia faction known as the Barghest.

With CD Projekt Red's reputation for intricate storytelling, players can expect a myriad of plot twists, moral decisions, and high-octane action, all set within the backdrop of the game's rich lore.

And that's everything to know about how the Phantom Liberty expansion fits into the Cyberpunk 2077 narrative. At the same time, you're still here, why don't you become familiar with the title's newest character: Solomon Reed?

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