Through all the trials and tribulations of Cyberpunk 2077, with the very broken release on the latest generation consoles and a lot of bugs and other issues everywhere, there was a saving grace for the game.
The world, the story, the characters are very good. CDPR did a wizard-like job here, building these story arcs and characters in pretty fantastic ways.
And all it took was a mistake to completely throw away most of the game’s story to me in its final moments. This was such a bizarre twist that I had to write about it and see if anyone else had experienced it.
Now, naturally, I’m going to have to do this talk about spoilers here, including things about relationships and at least the “Arasaka” part of the three-way ending, so you’ve been warned.
I didn’t particularly like the ending I got in Cyberpunk 2077, because I chose to trust my daughter Arasaka, because the alternatives didn’t look good. Passing control to Johnny for a third the assault on Arasaka Tower, when the last two had left disastrously, did not seem like a good idea. I didn’t even want to risk the life of Panam, a character I really cared about when I shouldn’t.
But my end seemed “bad” all around. Johnny just yelled at me because I was sold out and I left in bad shape. The dead guy Arasaka took over his son’s body and the company seemed stronger than ever. And I was offered the choice of either going to the immortal “soul prison,” or returning to earth with six months to live as a result of my Johnny extraction operation, essentially back to where I started. No good options.
But hey, I made the wrong choice. This is what happens in RPGs (although I know that many elements of the other endings are similar). That’s not my problem with the ending or the bug I’m talking about.
I need to talk about Judy.
Judy is the braindance editor you meet at the beginning of the campaign, the tattooed girl you see in most Cyberpunk marketing. There are limited romance options in the game and they are quite strict in terms of NPC preference. My female V tried to become more than a friend of Panama, but she is just a male Vs. So that left Judy, who is only in Vs. women. And I came to like Judy quite a bit.
We did everything from the storm of a puppet club owned by mobsters to diving together in her flooded hometown. She gave me a key to her apartment and told me she was leaving town before I came, but now she has a reason to stay.
You’re allowed to call someone close before you begin this final mission, I called Judy. She reassured me that she was waiting for me and to be careful. At the end of the mission, you are allowed to call those close to you again. I called Judy. He said he immediately wanted me home on earth and couldn’t wait to see me.
So I chose Earth. I thought I’d spend the last six months with someone I loved, Judy.
That was until he broke up with me in the final credits.
So when Cyberpunk ends at least for Earth, you see an animation that takes you on a shuttle back home. Credit roles and characters in the game appear and send you messages. People in the game you know, Panam and her crew, Johnny’s old bandmate, the cop you did a bunch of investigations with, and so on.
But the first call was from Judy. And it was short. She said she was leaving town and that was goodbye. He told me to have a beautiful life.
I was surprised. After creating this love story in the last 20 hours, the game literally had my girlfriend separated from me in loans when not five minutes before, she said she couldn’t wait until I got back on the phone.
Poor writing? No, I really think this is one of the CDPR bugs that comes into play, but at the worst possible time. What I do believe here it happened that the game forgot to record my relationship with Judy. This phone call sounded like what could have happened if I had skipped all of Judy’s side requests before going on the last mission or rejected her romantic advances. It doesn’t sound like something that makes sense based on all our interactions before it. So, I legitimately believe that this came out and the game simply “forgot” about my relationship with Judy. And yet this made it totally sour the whole ending for me, because that was all I could think of after the end of the game.
Now, the end of the game is not really the “end of the game.” You can go back to the time before launching this mission and playing through the other two endings. And when I reloaded, I went to Judy’s apartment, there she was, talking about how she was ready to start our lives together.
But I wonder if this happened to someone else, this credit break scene and I will now make the other endings to see if this is really a bug or just a confusing decision made by CDPR with the character. Everything about him screams insects, though.
That really drove me crazy. More than any T-pose failure or defect in the rest of the game. This destroyed the whole core of the story, and whether it was a mistake or a bad spelling, it left a bad taste in my mouth when it was the main thing Cyberpunk was looking for before that. Such a shame.
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