The Cyberpunk 2077 launch trailer contains a secret message

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The Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) launch trailer dropped earlier today—that's it up above, if you haven't seen it already. It's quite good, very cinematic, very dramatic, all very cyber-like—and, in what in hindsight should not come as any kind of surprise, it also contains a secret message.

The message was spotted by our very own in-house cyberpunk James, who managed to capture and share it for all the world to see. There are no huge secrets contained within, but it is a nice little Easter egg for fans eager to finally get their hands on the game. 

The closest thing to a tease is the promise of future expansions, which CD Projekt said will be informed by its work on the outstanding Witcher 3 DLCs Hearts of Stone (opens in new tab) and Blood and Wine (opens in new tab).

"Our planned expansions will take you even deeper into the world of Cyberpunk 207, offering substantial, story-driven content that'll give you tough choices to make through impactful narratives that you won't soon forget," the message says. 

"But before we get there, we'll first be kicking off our free DLC program in early 2021. Just like with The Witcher 3, expect an assortment of free DLC packs to begin hitting Night City, dropping a bunch of cool stuff that'll inject even more life into the world of the dark future."

(Image credit: CD Projekt)

As for why this shouldn't come as a surprise, it's happened at least twice previously: Once in the very first Cyberpunk 2077 trailer (opens in new tab) that kicked all of this off in 2013, and then again in 2018 (opens in new tab). If you want to sleuth it out for yourself (with a little help from us), this message can be seen at the 2:09 mark in the video.

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to arrive on December 10, just two days from now—you can find the exact unlock time for your region here (opens in new tab). We've also got a review (opens in new tab), and a deeper dive into the game's presently rough technical state (opens in new tab).

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.