CDPR is no stranger to variable difficulties in their games. You could play The Witcher 3 with a number of difficulty modes, including one that would erase your save file if you died. With Cyberpunk 2077 being a first-person title, you might not always want UI information on your screen taking you out of the gameplay. CDPR is happy to support you with the game’s Hardcore mode.
In an interview with Wccftech, CDPR’s UI coordinator Alvin Liu talked a bit about the option for their upcoming first-person game.
“The most fun [difficulty setting] I think will be the Hardcore setting where we turn off the UI you live as well,” Liu said. “And that will be a real challenge for a lot of players. Also, at the same time, if you want to play more casually for the story and maybe you’re not experienced with shooters, which was a real big concern for us. We want to tell a story and maybe you’re a big fan of The Witcher and you’re not comfortable playing a shooter, we have settings available for that. We even have weapons for that. If you recall from last year’s demo, we had a weapon called the smart gun, which helps you aim. The bullets were much slower and usually a bit weaker. But if your aiming isn’t your forte, you can always pick up the smart gun.”
Other games have had this option too, whether it be for immersion or screenshot reasons. It is nice that Cyberpunk will afford it to you as well, especially if the information it shows you is not strictly necessary. For a lot of players, UI is helpful and necessary, but removing it for others can enhance the experience. I preferred minimal UI in Breath of the Wild, for example, and just using the game’s environment and context clues to figure out the information a fuller UI would have given me.
Cyberpunk 2077 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16.