The Cyberpunk 2077 setting of Night City is a metropolis dominated by corporations vying for power. These corporations are among the most powerful factions, and have a great deal of influence. Indeed, CD Projekt Red’s Alvin Liu has revealed that the corporations practically have direct control over the Cyberpunk 2077 police forces.
The Cyberpunk 2077 Police Are Bought by Night City’s Corporations
According to Liu, who spoke about the Cyberpunk 2077 police in a recent interview with Wccftech, the police are; “basically up for hire”. Essentially, just as the government of Night City serves the whims of corporations, the police force do too. “Basically,” explains Liu; “the laws exist to take bribes from corporations. So a corporation might pass a law that you can’t sell medicine anymore, and they’re going to enforce it. The only reason they got that law passed was that they bribed the government and they’re only using it as a proxy. So it’s not a place where you want to trust the government necessarily.”
As with other open-world games, the Cyberpunk 2077 police will come after any players who commit crimes in Night City. However, a lot of other factors will also influence their activity, including a player’s allegiances and the story events. Moreover, they won’t be an omnipresent force in the city. “I would compare it to The Witcher 3 where if you chopped off the head of a villager in the middle of nowhere the guards wouldn’t show up out of nowhere,” explains Liu; “But if you’re in a big town and someone from the guard sees you and the people nearby run away screaming for help, people will come and try to stop you and they’re going to be usually pretty powerful. We also have what we call the Trauma Team.”
Fans have already seen a glimpse of the Trauma Team in the first Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay demo. They are a heavily-armed private rescue/ambulance service whose clients have internal chips to monitor their vitals. If they come to harm, Trauma Team will dispatch a commando-style recovery team to rescue them.