The June 25 Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire livestream gave players their first look at an interesting gameplay feature called Braindance. Essentially, this allows players to relive someone else’s memories from their perspective, analyze different things in the environment, and a whole lot more. Here’s a breakdown of what we learned about the Cyberpunk 2077 Braindance feature in the livestream.
Cyberpunk 2077 Braindance Feature Breakdown
In Cyberpunk 2077, Braindance (BD) is a feature that will allow players to relive another user's memories to gather intel about the situation. During the BD, players will be able to scan different things in the environment, see events unfold from different angles, and physically feel the emotions of the person’s memories in the situation. It’s sort of like being a fly on the wall, but the fly has tons of high-end tech capabilities. You can see the full Braindance trailer from the Night City Wire livestream in the video below. For a full breakdown of the trailer, keep reading.
The trailer starts off by showing someone robbing a store. After the robbery is over, it’s revealed that V is in the middle of a Braindance and is reliving the robber's memory shortly before he was shot. After the initial robbery footage is shown, a character named Judy explains the Braindance tech to V, sharing that a person’s memories can also be accessed through an editing mode which will allow V to walk around the environment and see the memory from different angles.
The Cyberpunk 2077 Braindance feature will allow players to fast forward, rewind, restart, analyze weapons and people, interact with cameras, and more. With these tools, V was able to uncover who shot the robber. Unfortunately, Braindancing doesn’t come without its risks and can cause the user to flatline, likely due to the sensory overload involved with feeling another person's emotions and senses. It’s unclear how this gameplay feature will be used in Cyberpunk 2077, but we do know that it will play an important role in exploring different aspects of the game’s lore.
We will likely have to wait a bit closer to launch to learn more about the Braindance feature, but CD Projekt RED did promise that another Night City Wire would be coming “soon,” so maybe we will learn more then. Cyberpunk 2077 was initially supposed to release in September but was recently delayed to November 19. However, those who purchase the game on current-gen consoles and upgrade to next-gen will be able to play the game for free on Xbox Series X and PS5. Further, they will also receive a free next-gen upgrade of sorts post-launch.
While you’re waiting for Cyberpunk 2077 to be released, there was plenty of other news that was announced during the June Night City Wire livestream. You can find our coverage of the event on our homepage or in the links below.
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