Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Details: Idris Elba Stars as New Character, New District, and More

Idris Elba joins the cast as Solomon Reed, an FIA Agent for the NUSA.


Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is set to launch in 2023 and CD Projekt Red has revealed the first few details about the game. While we already knew Keanu Reaves will return to reprise his role as the late rockerboy Johnny Silverhand, CDPR also revealed their newest Hollywood cast member, Idris Elba.

The English actor will join the rest of the cast in Cyberpunk 2077 as a new character, Solomon Reed. Reed is an FIA Agent for the NUSA and will be an integral character in the story. The DLC is essentially a spy-thriller set in a new district of Night City and will likely involve all sorts of political intrigue and skullduggery.

The DLC will be available only on current-gen consoles (PS5, Xbox Series X/S) and PC. This means players on last-gen consoles will not be able to play the new DLC. The pricing of the DLC has not yet been revealed and it has been confirmed it will not be available for free.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Set to Release in 2023, Price Not Yet Revealed

CD Projekt Red has been known for delivering exceptionally well-made DLCs, as is evidenced by The Witcher 3’s Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine. Both DLCs added significant amounts of content to the game, including new quests, mechanics, and storylines. The standard has been set incredibly high and appears to be quite the imposition for the studio.

Cyberpunk 2077 has redeemed itself in the public eye on the back of quality updates and patches over the last couple of years. Its redemption was also helped by the release of the Netflix show Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, which helped bring new players to the game.

The game is back on track to be one of the more celebrated titles in the studio’s catalog. The Phantom Liberty will be an extremely significant launch for CPDR as its state on Day 1 will likely set the tone for how the game will be received henceforth. Additionally, it might even help the game appear much better in retrospect.

CDPR is currently firing on all cylinders with multiple projects being worked on simultaneously. The studio recently put out the next-gen update for The Witcher 3, and soon enough next year, The Witcher remake will be set for release. However, perhaps the most exciting project from the Polish developer comes in the form of a new Witcher game built on Unreal Engine 5.

The developer has chosen to pivot from the use of their proprietary REDEngine to Unreal Engine 5. This will be massively significant as there is a good chance that the game will be dramatically different from anything else the studio has put out up to this point. The future is incredibly exciting for CD Projekt Red and fans cannot wait to see the new DLC.