Cyberpunk 2077’s various endings are left open-ended, perfect for exploring via DLC, and the Arasaka ending might be the most interesting.
Though there may be some controversy surrounding the development process and its many bugs and glitches, Cyberpunk 2077 features a rich and interesting story. The beginning and ends of CDPR’s first-person action-adventure are particularly strong, following V as they fight for their life in Night City, searching for a cure. Though not all of the quests V finds themself on were wholly well-received by the public, the various endings of Cyberpunk 2077 finalize V and Johnny Silverhand’s story in moving cutscenes and bittersweet choices. This article contains spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077.
One ending of Cyberpunk 2077 with no prerequisites is the Arasaka ending, also known as The Devil ending. This ending doesn’t require finishing any additional sidequests—as opposed to The Star, where V must finish the Aldecaldos questline, or The Sun, which requires finishing Rogue’s and Johnny’s quests and choosing the right dialogue options—because it immediately follows the plot of the main quests. However, it ends on arguably the most depressing note of them all, but like the rest, it’s also ambiguous and could easily be expanded and explored by DLC.
The Events of The Devil Ending
Takemura, Saburo Arasaka’s personal bodyguard, comes in contact with V when attempting to track down his murderer, and eventually, he grows a bond with V, who is able to convince him that Yorinobu Arasaka killed his own father, though Takemura’s actions are a bit shady along the way. Still, the pair are able to get in contact with Hanako, Yorinobu’s sister, whom they’re able to recruit to their side by explaining the truth.
Later, Hanako strikes a deal with V: testify against Yorinobu as an eye-witness and she can save their life from the engram of Johnny Silverhand. During the testimony to the board, however, Yorinobu initiates a coup. If Takemura was saved during the mission Search and Destroy, he and V will go after Yorinobu together. After finishing the final fight of Cyberpunk 2077, V will be taken to the Arasaka Orbital Station in space to remove the engram safely, but the events are quite disturbing, as they’re coldly treated with indifference by the medical staff and aren’t able to contact anyone on the outside for weeks.
Takemura will be the one to offer a difficult choice should he still be alive (if not, it’ll be Hellman): V must either sign their life to Arasaka, permanently living inside Mikoshi the same way that Johnny Silverhand did, or return to Earth knowing that they’ll die shortly after. The outcome of these decisions should be further explored in Cyberpunk 2077 DLC.
Where the Cyberpunk 2077 DLC Could Go
It’s currently unclear what the Cyberpunk 2077 DLC will look toward in terms of story, but the Arasaka ending perfectly leaves room for more exploration. If V chooses to return to Earth, no cut scenes are shown beyond them looking toward the Earth. If they choose to become part of Mikoshi, a digital version of them will be immortalized, the same as Johnny Silverhand. Mikoshi is a fortress inside cyberspace, which could lead to an exciting opportunity to netrun, which has been a class in the TTRPG Cyberpunk games but was left out of 2077.
While they’re staying at the Orbital Station, V can watch some news, showing that Saburo’s consciousness was downloaded to an engram and uploaded to Yorinobu’s body sometime after the events of the final Arasaka Tower heist, marking hinting toward a new dark period of the richest and most powerful people being immortalized by the same technology. In DLC, CDPR could explore this ongoing story with V, who is back on Earth with again only a short amount of time to live.
Cyberpunk 2077 is out now for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One with PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions in development.