Buy Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam and you get an exclusive short story

Cover art for a Cyberpunk 2077 short story showing a gun and a badge
(Image credit: CD Projekt Red)
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Anyone who buys Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) on Steam (opens in new tab), whether as a pre-order or after release, will receive an exclusive short story called '2AM — She Calls'. To be clear, this is not an in-game reward. It's a story written by Cyberpunk 2077 story lead Tomasz Marchewka that will presumably show up as a pdf in your game files. As explained on Twitter (opens in new tab), the story "will show you the hostile streets of Night City as seen by Frank, an ex-NCPD officer working the night shift as a Combat Cab driver." Buying Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam will also net you some other exclusives, "including avatars, posters, and a wallpaper", presumably for display on your Steam profile.

It's unusual for CD Projekt Red to offer exclusive items on a storefront that isn't GOG (opens in new tab), but buying the game there will get you a different exclusive—Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams (opens in new tab), a 50-page digital comic about scavengers in Night City written by CDPR's narrative manager Bartosz Sztybor, with art by Filipe Andrade and Alessio Fioriniello.

Note that this is different to the Cyberpunk 2077 tie-in comics being published by Dark Horse (opens in new tab), which are called Trauma Team and Where's Johnny? CD Projekt Red do love their comics, and some of the The Witcher ones (opens in new tab) were quite good. 

So yeah, buy it from Steam if you like stories without pictures and from GOG if you like stories with pictures. At least they're not in-game exclusives?

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.