Speedy players have torn through the main campaign and unlocked the secret Cyberpunk 2077 ending that will test even the most hardened gamers.
We're going through the looking glass people as Cyberpunk 2077 players have unearthed the open world brawler's secret ending. Just like so many games these days, it's not as simple as just seeing Mario rescue Princess Peach from Bowser and all tucking in for a slice of cake. CD Projekt Red's long-awaited game definitely puts the open in open world. With the official game guide clocking in at 496 pages, it's clear you're going to have to do a lot of work before getting anywhere near the ending. Still, some players have rattled through the game and done the hard work for you.
In a game like Cyberpunk 2077 - where decisions are mapped out through your ginormous quest as the mercenary known as V - was anyone really surprised there would be multiple endings? With as many endings as James Gunn has Guardians of the Galaxy post-credit scenes, developers have delivered an impressive five options. So, here's how to unlock the super-secret fifth one. Warning: spoilers ahead!
How to unlock the secret Cyberpunk 2077 ending
The first rule of the secret ending is, "Be nice to Johnny". Keanu Reeves' likeness as the smooth-talking Johnny Silverhand is uncanny, however, the sunglasses-wearing singer isn't always easy to get along with. To unlock the secret Cyberpunk 2077 ending, you have to follow Johnny's wishes throughout the entire of the game. It's easier said than done, but basically, if Johnny says jump, you say, "How high?". You'll need at least a 70% relationship with Johnny if you want to reach the secret ending.
The ghost of Silverhand will haunt you throughout Cyberpunk 2077 after his supposed death in 2023 during a botched attack on the Arasaka Tower. The game culminates in V's own assault on Arasaka - which is already hard enough considering you're limited with your allies by this point. During the "Nocturne Op55N1" mission, you'll find yourself on the rooftop with Jonny and tasked with letting Johnny take over or tossing the medicine V needs off the roof.
Here's the important part, don't do anything. If you repeatedly look between Johnny and the gun (it takes about five minutes), he'll eventually pipe up with dialogue about a "wild suicide run". Congratulations, you've just unlocked the secret ending. Select "Attack Arasaka Tower" and you'll be able to play "Don't Fear the Reaper" as the final mission.
What happens in the secret Cyberpunk 2077 ending?
If attacking Arasaka Tower wasn't hard enough with Rogue and Panam by your side, this one really is a solo mission. Make sure you take the best guns, select your perfect perk combo, and all the gear you can carry because you're going to need it. The reason this ending is different from the rest is because you'll have to undertake the gruelling Arasaka assault on your own. Skilled players can maybe blag it through here, but trust us, you're going to need all your skill. YouTuber xGarbett has shown off the secret ending in all its glory.
Dying solo means the credits will roll and the ending will be triggered, so make sure you've saved before "Nocturne Op55N1", otherwise you'll only have one chance at "Don't Fear the Reaper". The best bit about this ending is the fact no one dies. In every other ending either an ally or V perishes during the final countdown. Selecting the secret Silverhand ending means everyone goes on to live their happy(ish) lives in Night City. Following the "Path to Glory" epilogue, V will also get to see that Rogue is alive and well.
All in all, the secret Cyberpunk 2077 ending offers you the best of both worlds and some exclusive in-game rewards you can't get with the others. Well, that's what comes from storming a tower packed with heavily- armed goons on your own. No pain, no gain. Now you know how to unlock the Cyberpunk 2077 ending, the question is, which path will you take?
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