Police and the wanted system were some of the most infamous issues with Cyberpunk 2077. This game had no wanted system, so players who destroyed a park bench would be hunted with the same malice and passion as if they killed someone. Also, the police spawned nearby so that the player couldn't really escape them, just like in GTA.
Strangely enough, this was not the case when the game was in development. Since the Cyberpunk 2077 leak, Reddit has shown off many files, many of which we discussed here.
In this case, the screenshot from Cyberpunk 2077 of how the police would operate shows off a better-suited system suited to the game.
A leaked screenshot shows that Cyberpunk 2077 once had a wanted system
The Reddit user u/Pablo397 posted a screenshot of his adventures going through old Cyberpunk 2077 files. In addition to checking unused levels, as mentioned before, he also found an unused 'Wanted' level system. Although it is only a screenshot, it illustrates how things worked in the past.
A look at the picture reveals many exciting features. In the first instance, players can see the "crime reported" text, so the police are active in their search. Rather than completely swarm the character, a "Level 1 Bounty Activated" message appears that displays your location and the jurisdiction of the bounty.
In this way, different crimes would be treated differently, allowing for a more sophisticated police system.
Is there a reason why CD Projekt Red changed this bounty system for Cyberpunk 2077?
According to many rumors, the game was not yet ready for release, and the developers were hoping to get more time. There is a possibility that Cyberpunk 2077 developers left this great bounty system on the cutting room floor. It makes sense if this is true since a wanted system can take a long time to program, but it is nonetheless unfortunate.
Hopefully, we can see a return of this in a sequel or update to Cyberpunk 2077
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