Cyberpunk 2077 story might be a little shorter than The Witcher 3 but the game will make up for it with much higher replayability. This is according to Cyberpunk 2077 community event attendee, who had a Q and A with the devs.
According to a Reddit user who goes by the name of shavod, Cyberpunk 2077 story will not be longer than The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt Red are yet to measure the length of the story and side quests but at the moment, it appears that the epic fantasy RPG will remain CD Projekt Red's longest title.
However, to make up for this, Cyberpunk 2077 will offer much higher replayability, which comes as a surprise since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also had a lot of replay value. Our team members can confirm this as they've beaten it several times.
To complete the main story in Geralt's last adventure, you would need to invest around 50 hours. However, this number skyrockets up to 100 hours once you add side quests and extra content. Completionists are looking at 181 hours of gameplay. And don't forget about the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine DLCs. Some may argue that The Witcher 3's story was too long anyway, so Cyberpunk 2077 could have the perfect balance of both length and quality.
Reddit user also claims that Cyberpunk 2077 will have much deeper side quests than The Witcher 3. Quest designer Pawel Sasko explained that in Cyberpunk 2077, side quests will offer additional paths that will often tie with other quests and even the main story.
"The Witcher 3 quest structure was compared to a single line, with a bunch of branches sticking out of it, which sometimes go back to that single line. In Cyberpunk 2077 those branches grow more branches, which then often tie around each other," Sasko explained.
Shavod's post is packed with a lot of details about Cyberpunk 2077 and you can take a look at it on the official subreddit.