For all his mistakes, Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) is still an impressive achievement. Night City is a glittering nest of skyscrapers towering over a vast ocean of social decay. But one thing is always missing: Why can’t I monetize the rot?
Thanks to a new mod from keanuWheeze and scornthegreat (and uploaded by NexusGuy999, just winner names everywhere), you can! Stock market and news system (opens in new tab) finally extends the dead hand of financial capital into the everyday life of Cyberpunk. As you can probably tell from the mod’s name, it adds a “fully usable” exchange system and a news service, both of which react to your actions in the game.
That means 33 stock quotes to follow and invest in for the likes of Arasaka, Militech, Lazarus, and others, all of which will bounce and fall depending on your completion of quests. It works like the stock market in GTA 5 (opens in new tab)– slaughtering a bunch of a corp’s henchmen can drop its stock (and give you a chance to buy low), but doing the same for that company’s competitors can cause the stock to skyrocket.
The news service, meanwhile, comes with 66 news updates that are triggered based on the completion of missions and certain player actions. Finally, you too can put your name in the spotlight if you simply commit a crime serious enough to warrant a news lock. You can even have notifications about your heinous deeds sent to your (in-game) phone. Useful!
The mod is an impressive effort and an interesting wrinkle to lay on top of Cyberpunk’s already rich world. I’ve always loved the sheer insider trading of buying a wad of stock from a company right before I went to kill his rival’s CEO in GTA 5. Adding that sociopathic, white-collar thrill to Cyberpunk seems like a match made in heaven.