Cyberpunk 2077 has already proven to be an incredibly impressive-looking title, remember that 50-minute gameplay demo? But what if we told you could explore outside the dystopian Night City?

Speaking to VG24/7 at E3 2019, quest designer Pawel Sasko explained that players would be able to explore the Badlands outside Night City. Just like Mad Max, Judge Dredd and most other future-dystopias, outside the key megacity resides a decrepit land of dirt and death.

“The Badlands are the surrounding district around the Night City,” Sasko told VG24/7. “Players can leave Night City and just explore that area – an area that is mostly sort of destroyed basically after all the droughts and everything that happened in the 50 years from 2020 to ‘77. And you can explore that, there are specific quests prepared for that, also open world content, so that’s definitely covered. It’s not only the city that you’re visiting.”

Cyberpunk is aiming to be a more free-form experience than we had initially imagined. Sasko confirms that players will be able to start their journey as a member of the Nomads, a familial group that lives in the badlands, like The Family in Judge Dredd. (Seriously, watch that awfulmazing 1995 movie!)

“You can be one of the nomads as a player and you can start there, being part of a family of the Nomads,” Sasko told the site. “You could call them a tribe that is living in cars and they’re just driving over Badlands. They’re doing various jobs for fixers, and for people in the city, and doing various deals – I don’t want to disclose too much because not to spoil the story.”

Cyberpunk 2077 already looks to be an amazing experience; it may even be the best FPSRPG of the generation. We’ll find out for sure when the game releases later this year.

Cyberpunk 2077 launches on April 16th, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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