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Cyberpunk 2077, developed by CD Projekt Red, has taken the gaming world by storm with its immersive open-world setting and gripping storyline. The much-anticipated DLC, Phantom Liberty, adds an exciting new chapter to the game. However, to truly make the most of this expansion, it’s important to consider when and where to start it within the main story campaign. In this article, we’ll explore the optimal time to begin Phantom Liberty to ensure a seamless and satisfying gameplay experience.

Integrating Phantom Liberty into the Base Game

CD Projekt Red has followed a similar approach to their previous Witcher 3 DLCs by seamlessly integrating Phantom Liberty into the base game of Cyberpunk 2077 itself. This means that the DLC content is not available through a separate menu selection. However, if you select “New Game,” you can skip to the DLC directly. It’s worth noting that to play the Phantom Liberty DLC, you need to install the free 2.0 update, which is priced at $29.99.

Jumping into Phantom Liberty: A Choice of Timing

While the game allows you to jump right into the Phantom Liberty DLC as soon as it becomes available, there’s an argument to be made for starting it at a specific section of the main story campaign for maximum impact. If you play Cyberpunk 2077 from the very beginning, you’ll receive a mission prompt to unlock Phantom Liberty around the beginning of Act 2. This leaves you with plenty of main story missions to complete before diving into the DLC.

A Better Starting Point: Act 3 Mission

To create a more cohesive and logical story arc for V, it is recommended to hold off on starting Phantom Liberty until you unlock Act 3’s mission called ‘Nocturne Op55N1’ – one of those critical missions beyond which you can’t turn back. In order to reach Act 3 and experience the new ending that Phantom Liberty unlocks, you’ll need to complete Act 1 and the following Act 2 missions:

  • Playing for Time
  • Automatic Love
  • Ghost Town
  • Down on the Street
  • Play It Safe
  • Gimme Danger
  • Search and Destroy
  • Tapeworm

By reaching Act 3 before starting Phantom Liberty, you’ll ensure that the new ending fits seamlessly into the main game’s narrative. This approach provides a much more satisfying and complete story experience for players. Additionally, characters from the main game will play a significant role in the new Phantom Liberty ending, making their appearances more meaningful once you’ve reached Act 3 in the main campaign.