Anyone who has tried to walk anywhere in Cyberpunk 2077 understands how important vehicles are in Night City. As fun as it is to drive V’s car or motorcycle, sometimes players just need a faster way to get across Night City. The fast travel system is the most efficient way to travel, but thanks to a recently discovered building, there appears to have been another method of travel in development at one time.
Cut Cyberpunk 2077 railway might have been an early fast travel system
Reddit user u/Sybekul uploaded a video of the Cyberpunk 2077 railway system, complete with railway tracks and what appears to be a hub station in-game. In the short video, Sybekul runs along several railway tracks before entering a building. There does not appear to be trains running along the tracks during the video. From the railway, they are able to jump to a building with a massive sign reading “Night City Rapid Transit.” Once inside, there’s not much to see, unfortunately. Above the players is a glitched out ceiling and on the floor below there is just a bunch of empty space.
Using a railway as the form of fast travel in Cyberpunk 2077 feels more in tune with the game’s direction. As players explore Night City, new regions and fast travel destinations appear on the map. However, the placement of the waypoints on the map feels almost arbitrary at times. If Cyberpunk 2077 utilized this public transit system, it might have helped the city come alive.
Why developer CD Projekt Red chose to drop the railway from the game is unknown. The Cyberpunk 2077 travel system already allows for multiple ways to quickly traverse Night City. Adding another might not have been high on CD Projekt Red’s priority list. While tons of content can be left on the drawing board during game development, it is interesting to see what could have been a robust in-game explanation for fast travel. Despite cut content and a rocky release, Cyberpunk 2077 has had a very successful launch, selling more than 13 million copies of the game since its release.