CD Projekt Red has the world incredibly hyped for Cyberpunk 2077 and nothing shows it better than everyone buzzing about hacking everyone knew would be there, but the company also let slip a few details about the seemingly huge map size.
CD Projekt Red are giving players new bits of information through social media every now and then, with the details about hacking and map size not being an exception. Two different Reddit users, going by the names bboymurchant and 0x42424 asked CDPR through facebook about these two aspects of Cyberpunk 2077.
Hacking has been officially confirmed, although that may not be news to anyone who dug into Cyberpunk lore even slightly deeper than the surface. Netrunning is a big thing in the universe, and according to the Facebook reply by CD Projekt Red, it will be a big part of Cyberpunk 2077 as well.
This feature will let players hack systems to help them during missions, open doors, distract enemies and possibly make their lives easier in a few other ways. Unearthing knowledge through hacking has also been confirmed, but there is no knowing whether this can influence further gameplay developments or if it will simply provide lore.
Meanwhile, the question about the map size provided some interesting implications. According to the official response, verticality will play a big role in Cyberpunk 2077's world. Comparing it to The Witcher 3, the company said that the latter was a lot more horizontal, while the big buildings in Night City will contain several floors, with many of them being explorable.
Each floor can apparently house many activities, so while they were scattered horizontally in The Witcher 3, several activities can essentially be in the same place in Cyberpunk 2077, just on different floors.
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The last bit of information that can be extracted from the response comes from the statement that "the world can be huge, but it can be huge upwards or downwards" hinting that beside the buildings, Cyberpunk 2077 may have literal underground filled with activities.
Zone D of Night City is known as Combat Zone, also described as the "crime ridden hell hole" that could probably contain areas below the ground. This is just a speculation at this point, as CD Projekt Red never excluded underground areas in other parts of the city.