Cyberpunk 2077's Phantom Liberty DLC features yet another reference to The Witcher 3
Cyberpunk 2077 fearlessly incorporates various references to other games and TV shows throughout its immersive world of Night City. Players can discov...
Cyberpunk 2077 fearlessly incorporates various references to other games and TV shows throughout its immersive world of Night City. Players can discover numerous subtle nods to titles like Death Stranding, Mortal Kombat, Blade Runner, and many others. Additionally, it's no surprise that CD Projekt Red, the developer, takes pleasure in referencing their previous work, such as The Witcher 3. Alongside the other captivating Easter eggs, players can also stumble upon references to the beloved fantasy RPG.
It appears that the recently released DLC expansion, Phantom Liberty, follows suit and includes yet another cleverly hidden reference to Geralt and his companions. Shared initially on the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit by u/MayOrMayNotBeSitting, the early stages of the expansion feature the player character using an old-fashioned analog phone to make a call, allowing the player to input any desired number. This presents a perfect opportunity to conceal a secret or two within the game's world.
There are secrets aplenty in Cyberpunk 2077, and if you direct your attention to the wall behind the payphone, you'll discover several phone numbers affixed without any clear indication of their intended recipients. While most of these numbers lead to dead ends, playing music or connecting to busy lines, one of them serves as a clever reference to The Witcher 3. By entering the phone number showcased in u/MayOrMayNotBeSitting's video, which can be found below, you will be greeted by the iconic main theme of The Witcher 3.
What makes this reference even more delightful is the distinct reactions from each character involved. Johnny Silverhand can be seen grinning with evident joy as the theme begins to play, revealing his status as a devoted fan of The Witcher. On the other hand, V stands there utterly perplexed, completely baffled by the unexpected occurrence. Perhaps it's a reminder that venturing into dialing random phone numbers may lead to peculiar and unexpected experiences, so one should be prepared for some strangeness, my friend.
Indeed, this reference to The Witcher 3 is not the sole one to be discovered within Cyberpunk 2077. Opting for the Corpo life path when starting the game for the first time allows players to explore V's office, where they can stumble upon a retro gaming magazine featuring The Witcher 3 and Ciri on its front cover. It seems that in the year 2077, The Witcher 3 would be regarded as a vintage title, which provides an explanation for the wave of nostalgia that washes over Johnny upon hearing the theme through the phone.
Speaking of interesting references introduced in the Phantom Liberty DLC and Cyberpunk 2077's 2.0 update, players have recently discovered grave sites dedicated to various characters from Cyberpunk Edgerunners. Among them is a particularly poignant memorial honoring the protagonist, David Martinez, which undoubtedly tugs at the heartstrings.