A Cyberpunk 2077 player discovers an interesting exploit that allows players to completely negate fall damage using the game’s photo mode.
Broadly speaking, there are three basic types of bugs. Some are fun but harmless, like the GTA trilogy bug where the player’s car inflates many times its size. Others can be downright game-changing, while others are beneficial for players learning to exploit them. It is perhaps not surprising to learn that Cyberpunk 2077it is been home to all three guys.
Fortunately, the latest discovery falls into this third category. Some Cyberpunk 2077 players found they could completely negate fall damage by opening the game’s photo mode.
According to Reddit user John-Killing, players can trigger the glitch by enabling Photo Mode while loading a save. After that, activating photo mode in the air will negate fall damage. This seems to work because it causes Cyberpunk 2077 lose track of the player’s speed. When the player exits photo mode, the game resets its velocity to zero. So, for example, if a player falls fifty feet, goes into photo mode, and then falls ten feet, the game only registers them as having fallen ten feet.
John-Killing posted about the bug on Thursday night, although this isn’t the first time someone has come across this particular exploit. John himself found it eight months ago, with one commenter noting that they had heard of it before but could never get it to work. Still, the existence of the exploit seemed like news to many in the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit.
In fairness to CD Projekt Red, issues like this aren’t unique to Cyberpunk 2077. As one Reddit commenter pointed out, many games have similar issues. For example, anything that interrupts a player’s movement could theoretically cause a game to lose track of its momentum. This includes everything from abusing the save/load system to just opening the pause menu.
It’s also understandable that this type of bug could slip through the cracks in playtesting. After all, John-Killing still had to go through a specific process to make it work. Also, not everyone was able to replicate it, even on the same version of the game. Still, unless the original poster was deliberately misleading people, it seems like the exploit still works in the game. version 1.31 of Cyberpunk 2077 PC version.
Cyberpunk 2077 released in a very unfinished state in December 2020. The troubled launch once again drew attention to the AAA game industry’s reliance on critical time and marketing-driven game development. 2021 has seen CDPR gradually bring the game to a finished state. However, as this exploit shows, the studio hasn’t quite managed to iron out all the bugs.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available now for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One with PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions in development.
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