Cyberpunk 2077's wall-running has been scrapped

Due to "design reasons". 

Remember those incredibly cool-but-creepy mantis blades from the 2018 Cyberpunk 2077 demo? Well, unfortunately there's some bad news here, as the ability to use them for wall-running appears to have been scrapped.

The information comes from an interview with Gamereactor, in which level designer Max Pears explained the mechanic had been removed.

"Ah, the wall running - that is something that we removed due to design reasons, but there's still going to be a lot of flexibility in how you move, that's for sure," he explained.

Pears' answer remains pretty vague on the reasons for why the mechanic was removed - and CD Projekt has not yet responded to our request for more detail on when and why it was cut.

The game's 2018 demo showed how the mantis blades could be used to wall-run short distances before allowing the player to perch and look around. Perhaps this was simply too difficult to implement throughout the game, or allowed players to avoid a lot of the action. I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when that design decision was made. Ah, wait.

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