Cyberpunk 2077‘s map has seemingly been leaked ahead of the game’s November 19 release date.
This information comes from the ResetEra forums where users shared photos of some of the items that will be included in the physical edition of the game. One of those items happens to be this poster of Cyberpunk 2077‘s in-game map:
To get the biggest talking point out of the way, we must say that it certainly does look like Cyberpunk 2077‘s map will be smaller than The Witcher 3‘s map. That makes sense considering that CD Projekt Red has previously stated that they do not intend for Cyberpunk 2077 to be quite as long as The Witcher 3 (even though all reports indicate it will still offer a substantial single-player experience).
Having said that, it’s important to realize that this poster offers a limited view of Cyberpunk‘s in-game world. It doesn’t include all of the interior areas that you’ll be able to explore, and it doesn’t necessarily account for the verticality and depth of the game’s urban areas. The Witcher 3 offered more “sprawl,” but Cyberpunk 2077‘s cities will almost certainly be “larger” than what we see in that image.
This map also raises some questions about the extent of Cyberpunk 2077‘s explorable non-urban areas. We knew that the game would let you leave the city (you can even create a character whose origin story occurs in the Badlands), but our first read of this map suggests that you’ll at least be able to explore all of the areas that are connected by those highlighted roads. If that is the case, then it seems like the Badlands and the other areas around Night City may be more substantial than we previously suspected.
Otherwise, this map doesn’t necessarily reveal any major details that we didn’t previously know or at least strongly suspected. It’s nice to have a better idea of how the game’s map will be “structured,” but CD Projekt Red has made it clear that most of the exploration in this game will be based on exploring the cultural differences of Night City’s various neighborhoods. It’s going to be hard to accurately talk about just how diverse the game’s environments really are until we get the chance to spend some time in this world.
So far as that goes, Cyberpunk 2077 is indeed still scheduled to release in November for current-gen platforms, but a recent report regarding developer CD Projekt Red’s mandatory crunch schedule has led some to argue that the game should have been delayed again.