Cyberpunk 2077 and its recent expansion, Phantom Liberty, seem to have a significant flaw that is frustrating players: wasting their time. Developed by CD Projekt Red, this open-world RPG introduces a feature where players have to wait for an unknown duration of time for certain quests to activate. Unfortunately, even after the game’s 2.0 update, which revamped several aspects of the game, this issue still persists, causing players to spend valuable time waiting for the next mission to appear.
Some may argue that this waiting mechanic is a creative choice intended to encourage players to engage in side missions rather than rushing through the main story. While this idea has some merit, it becomes problematic when players are forced to wait extended periods before being able to continue with the quests they actually want to play. The recently released Phantom Liberty expansion offers one of the most extreme examples of this issue yet, leading to frustration for many players.
In one particular mission called “The Killing Moon,” players have to wait for a phone call from Songbird, a skilled netrunner introduced at the beginning of the expansion, after certain events occur. During a review playthrough of Phantom Liberty, it became apparent that this wait was one of the longest experienced in the three years of playing Cyberpunk 2077. The reviewer had to pass the time by engaging in side quests and aimlessly exploring the game world, hoping for the awaited call. Eventually, the quest did trigger, but it took an excessive amount of in-game time, potentially spanning days or even weeks. Other reviewers encountered similar issues, but no definitive pattern emerged as to what triggered the quest progression, making it appear arbitrary.
Even after the expansion’s release, players continue to face this waiting issue. During a Twitch stream of Phantom Liberty, it took approximately 40 minutes for the quest to activate for video producer and writer Sam Greer. This delay prompted viewers, including the article author, to seek answers regarding the hold-up. It turns out that numerous players are running into the same problem. Reddit threads have emerged discussing “The Killing Moon” quest and the frustrating wait time before being able to continue the action.
Suggestions have been made on Reddit, with some players claiming that completing the quest “Run This Town” is a prerequisite for “The Killing Moon” to progress. However, Greer managed to proceed with “The Killing Moon” without completing the other quest. CD Projekt Red has been contacted by Kotaku regarding this issue, and the article will be updated if any response is received. Nevertheless, players who are encountering this problem are not alone, and it appears that the quest is not bugged. However, there is conflicting information on how to resolve the issue and move the quest forward.
In conclusion, Cyberpunk 2077 and its Phantom Liberty expansion have a troubling flaw that wastes players’ time. The requirement of waiting an undetermined amount of time for specific quests to activate is frustrating and disrupts the flow of gameplay. While some argue that this waiting mechanic encourages players to engage in side content, the excessive waiting periods create an imbalance and hinder the experience. CD Projekt Red needs to address this issue promptly to provide a smoother and more enjoyable gameplay experience for their dedicated player base.