Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED confirms that the game will not allow players to attack children or non-player characters (NPCs) who are part of the game's story. The gameplay videos that CD Projekt RED has released confirm that Cyberpunk 2077 can get quite violent at times, but these are two groups of characters who will be safe from bloodshed.
On Reddit, one user shared a screenshot of their direct messages with the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account. When asked if players would be able to "kill regular people" and how players could engage with Night City in "violent ways," the account confirmed that players will not be able to "attack children or NPCs connected with the plot."
However, players will be able to act aggressively towards "most" of the people that they meet. These aggressive actions will likely be done through the game's dialogue system, which was seen briefly in the 48-minute long gameplay video shown at Gamescom 2018.
The sci-fi RPG will offer many ways to cause mayhem in Night City, so fans are unlikely to be very upset over this. CD Projekt RED has confirmed that there will be several weapon types, such as mantis blades, katanas, and honing bullets that lock onto their targets. In Cyberpunk canon, anyone is allowed to own a gun in Night City, so if players do decide to act aggressively towards some characters, there could be repercussions.
However, some fans have joked that they are now planning to develop a Cyberpunk 2077 mod that allows players to kill any NPC that they want. On Reddit, several people have brought up the often irritating and snarky children in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as characters like Ulfric Stormcloak, the Jarl of Windhelm. Mods were created that allowed players to kill these characters so it wouldn't be surprising if the same was done in Cyberpunk 2077.
CD Projekt RED has said that Cyberpunk 2077 will not support mods at launch. This is unlikely to stop fans, though, who will probably be waiting day one to unleash total chaos on any and every Night City citizen. The developer may be disappointed that fans are planning to get around its measures, but some would argue that the developer will just have to make the NPCs less annoying.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16, 2020 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.