Given how style-focused the genre is, players expect to wear what they want in Cyberpunk 2077, regardless of stats. Players will get a staggering amount of clothing, armor, and other gear heaped on them and sifting through it all to find ones they like can be frustrating. Because of this, one would think being able to transmogrify clothes would be a key feature.
Can players transmog clothes in Cyberpunk 2077?
Transmoging clothes in Cyberpunk 2077 would be amazing. This game suffers from “clown syndrome,” where players end up wearing a clashing ugly outfit the majority of the time because of the stats they confer. This is a massive issue in RPGs, especially because beginning gear tends to be the worst looking.
Unfortunately, at launch, players can’t transmogrify gear (or even dye it) in Cyberpunk 2077. It can be upgraded through the crafting system, but crafting materials for rare and higher grade items are so expensive that it’s seldom worth doing.
There are many games like Cyberpunk 2077 that don’t allow players to transmog gear, but it’s especially glaring due to the source material. In the very first section of Cyberpunk 2013: View From the Edge, one of the core rulebooks from the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is based, it says one of the core concepts of the game is:
“1) Style over substance
It doesn’t matter how well you do something, as long as you look good doing it. If you’re going to blow it, make sure you look like you planned it that way. Normally, clothes and looks don’t matter in an adventure in this world, having a leather armor jacket and mirrorshades is a serious consideration.”
Unfortunately, CD Projekt Red must have skipped over this part of the book. Sure, there are cool clothes in Cyberpunk 2077, but for the most part, players have to ignore that cool leather armor jacket and shades for a goofy army helmet, a red jumpsuit, and some turquoise boots because they need the armor stats. If players could transmog items, people could put together some fabulous outfits. V usually just looks like a kindergartener who dressed themselves for school the way the system is now.