You’ll be able to leave Night City in Cyberpunk 2077, and try your luck in the Badlands. This is a desert district surrounding the city, and is much more Fury Road than Cyberpunk usually is. Yes, this includes gangs of roving marauders, called the Nomads. You can even choose to give your character Nomad as a background, with all the perks and downsides that comes with.
Night City in the world of Cyberpunk is basically a country in its own right. If you were only to explore its many denizens, you’ll have your hands more than full. However, according to a VG24/7 interview, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to also take you into the Badlands, aka the horrible desert surrounding the city. So, if you get bored of the urban areas, you’ll be able to get your Mad Max on.
In the interview, lead quest designer Pawel Sasko talked about the Badlands, saying: “The Badlands are the surrounding district around the Night City. Players can leave Night City and just explore that area—an area that is mostly sort of destroyed basically after all the droughts and everything that happened in the 50 years from 2020 to ’77. And you can explore that, there are specific quests prepared for that, also open world content, so that’s definitely covered. It’s not only the city that you’re visiting.”
In fact, one of the backgrounds you can choose for your character, the Nomad, is actually a person that belongs to one of the many clans that make the Badlands their home. Said Pawel Sasko: “You can be one of the nomads as a player and you can start there, being part of a family of the Nomads. You could call them a tribe that is living in cars and they’re just driving over Badlands.” So, yeah, you can even basically start your life as a desert marauder. And, if you do visit the Badlands, don’t take it lightly. It’s rough, and people don’t take too kindly to soft city dwellers.