In an interview with German Cyberpunk 2077 fansite nightcitylife.de developer CD Projekt Red revealed that their upcoming sci-fi RPG will not feature a third person perspective at all. According to developer Marcin Momot this choice was made to “achieve full immersion”. And yes, even the sexual content will be in first person.
2/2 That said, players will still be able to see their characters in the inventory screen, during driving sequences, in mirrors and, very occasionally, in some of the cut-scenes.— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) September 2, 2019
Since the ambitious project was first shown during E3 2018, some CD Project Red fans were skeptical of the first person perspective. Coming from the acclaimed The Witcher series, the Polish developer never made a third person game. Because Cyberpunk 2077 will be focused on shaping and evolving your character (not unlike The Witcher) seeing your character as much as possible would validate all the time spent in the customization screens. Unfortunately it seems, that will not be the case.
Early trailers showed certain cutscenes from the third person perspective but that content was reportedly either cut or converted to a first person view.
Starting at approximately 7:45, the trailer features roughly 1:30 minutes of third person view before switching back to first person perspective
Like Momot clarifies above, you will still get to see your character in mirrors, in the inventory screen and in some of the cut scenes. Although, that last example contradicts the earlier part of the statement about the game being 100% first person. It’s not entirely clear to what extent a scene might be shown in third person. All we know is that when you inevitably land a naughty one-night stand in Cyberpunk 2077, the subsequent escapade will play out entirely in first person.
Cyberpunk 2077 releases on April 16th for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.