Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion not only offers its own self-contained conclusion, but it also provides an opportunity to unlock an entirely new ending for the base game. Players just need to make certain choices throughout the story to access it.
For those concerned about missing out on the ending without divulging spoilers, don’t worry. We’re here to guide you on which dialogue choices to make without giving away concrete details of the story. We’ll provide images of critical points and describe decisions vaguely, so there won’t be any specific references to events.
The major diverging point in Phantom Liberty occurs during the quest “Firestarter”. This decision will lead you down one of two significantly different routes and reveal new aspects of the expansion’s characters. Both routes can unlock the new ending, but you must make specific choices within each to reach it. It is recommended to replay the expansion from an earlier save to experience both routes and gain a comprehensive understanding of Phantom Liberty’s story.
The branching point is clearly marked, so players will know when it’s approaching. The decision that determines the route happens in a specific scene, and you’ll be presented with two dialogue options, each corresponding to a different action. Both routes can unlock the new ending, but subsequent choices may affect your ability to reach it. Regardless, it’s worth playing both routes to fully explore Phantom Liberty’s story.
To maintain the article’s spoiler-free nature, each route will be labeled by V’s dialogue option rather than the actual action taken.
The “One more second…” route is the easier one when it comes to unlocking the new ending. Without giving away details, the only requirement for unlocking the new ending in this route is to ensure the survival of a character named Songbird. Near the end of this route, there will be a specific decision point that will determine Songbird’s fate. As long as she survives, the new ending will be accessible.
On the other hand, unlocking the new ending in the “I’m with you.” route is a bit more challenging, and explaining it without spoilers is tricky. Choosing this option requires playing through the expansion’s final quest and, in essence, betraying the mission’s objectives. During a conversation with Idris Elba’s character, Solomon Reed, after a climactic battle, you must agree to a deal proposed by him.
Regardless of the decisions made within each route, both will lead to Phantom Liberty’s credits sequence, after which players will be back in the open world. However, if specific decisions were made to unlock the new conclusion, players should wait for Reed to contact them, meet up with him, and follow the quest objectives to see the new ending. Following either of these paths will mark the end of the Cyberpunk 2077 playthrough with the new ending.
If the choices in Phantom Liberty that unlock the new ending are not made, players will return to the base game’s main path and must continue on to one of the original endings.
It’s important to note that if players unlock Phantom Liberty’s new ending before completing Cyberpunk 2077, it will essentially override the rest of the game and present its own conclusion. That’s why it’s recommended to finish the base game with one of its original endings before experiencing Phantom Liberty’s ending. Additionally, the new ending focuses more on the expansion’s characters rather than the majority of 2077’s cast, creating an unusual place in the game’s continuity. Players who complete Phantom Liberty before finishing the base game may miss out on character interactions in the new finale, so it’s advisable to at least complete companion quests before reaching Phantom Liberty’s ending.
For more information on Phantom Liberty, read Kotaku’s review. Cyberpunk 2077 can be purchased from various retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.