Cyberpunk 2077 Life Paths Will Change How You Play the Game

Published: August 10, 2020 12:23 PM /


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The three Cyberpunk 2077 life paths have been detailed in Night City Wire Episode 2. Players will have a choice between Street Kid, Nomad, and Corporate, and each of these three life paths will determine how they get their start.

Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG from the same people who created The Witcher franchise. Naturally, that means that players will have some choices to make. One of these choices will be the Life Path — a sort of framework that determines how players got their start before the game began proper.

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What are the Cyberpunk 2077 Life Paths?

Players will have their choice between three different Cyberpunk 2077 life paths, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Street Kid

Street Kids have spent most of their time growing up within Night City and are intimately familiar with the city's underworld. A few run-ins with the law are probably in your history, but there's an upside: you'll have a good understanding of the city's gangs.


Nomads haven't quite grown up in Night City. Rather, they seem to enjoy spending their time constantly traveling on the outskirts and the open road instead of settling down. Players picking this path will have started out doing just that before heading into Night City.


Corporate players aren't at home on the streets or in the Badlands; rather, they've grown up in the cutthroat corporate world. The wealthiest and most powerful people are part of the corporations and that will help you, too — but you'll likely find yourself ill-equipped to understand the Badlands outside of Night City or the various lowlife gangs and criminals living within.

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How do the Cyberpunk 2077 Life Paths Affect the Game?

The life paths aren't just going to determine your start: your choices from the very beginning of Cyberpunk 2077 are going to have an effect on the rest of the game.

One example is a mission where you need to steal a robot from the Maelstrom gang. Each of the three life paths will confer various different advantages to the player for different aspects of the situation.

A Corporate player can 'read between the lines" and will have some additional options which will allow for a different approach. A Nomad would have some insights as to how the robot may have been stolen in the first place. A Street Kid, however, wouldn't have any understanding of the corporate world — but they are better equipped to deal with the gang itself.

Cyberpunk 2077 is all about choices and it looks like one of your very first choices will have ripple effects throughout the entire game. Whether you're choosing to be a struggling Nomad or a powerful Corporate drone, players will get to experience Night City from three very different perspectives.

Which of the Cyberpunk 2077 life paths do you think you'll pick at the start? Do you identify more with the street gangs or the corporate power brokers? Let us know in the comments below!

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