- One Cyberpunk 2077 player has discovered some cleverly hidden writing while exploring Pacifica.
- The message, written in Latin, talks about an “evil government,” thus tying into the game’s overarching themes.
- CDPR likely added this Easter egg post-launch, as there had previously been no mention of it online.
One Cyberpunk 2077 player has discovered a hidden message about an “evil government” that ties into the game’s overarching themes while exploring Pacifica. Their observant discovery serves as yet another reminder that Cyberpunk 2077 absolutely oozes attention to detail.
CD Projekt Red’s dystopian RPG was never short on Easter eggs. But the developer also never really stopped adding more hidden content to the game throughout its three-year support cycle. As a result, Cyberpunk 2077 is nowadays still full of secrets that many are yet to discover, even if they have already spent hundreds of hours playing the game.
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Cyberpunk 2077’s Grand Imperial Mall Has a Latin Message Hiding in Plain Sight
The latest example of such an Easter egg was unearthed by Reddit user CommercialLeg2439, who found out that one of the game’s most recognizable landmarks contains a message hiding in plain sight. They happened upon that realization while exploring Cyberpunk 2077‘s Pacifica district at night, which is when the giant “Grand Imperial Mall” sign mounted at the top of the eponymous building caught their attention due to its selectively lit letters. The illuminated letters spelled out the term “gra d imperi l mali,” which the player suspected was Latin.
Although their initial attempt at a translation may not have been entirely successful, the hunch itself appears to have been correct; taking out the stray single letters from the lit sign produces the term “gra imperi mali,” which most online translation apps interpret as Latin for “thanks to the evil empire” or “by the grace of the evil empire.” An alternative translation would be that of an instruction to “wray”—i.e., denounce or betray—the said empire. Since the Grand Imperial Mall was built with the blessing of some of the most powerful organizations in Cyberpunk 2077‘s lore and the game itself is all about raging against the machine, all three translations tie into the RPG’s overarching themes.
Given how this obscure detail has only now emerged online, over three years since Cyberpunk 2077 hit the market, it is plausible that the hidden message wasn’t part of the game from day one. CommercialLeg2439 suspects as much, having suggested that CDPR might have added the Latin Easter egg around the time of Cyberpunk 2077‘s massive 2.0 update, which saw the developer retouch many areas of Night City.
Whatever the case may be, the fact that new observations of this sort continue to surface online after all these years stands in testament to the incredible effort that went into designing the game’s many environments. And while CDPR recently stopped churning out new content for its 2020 RPG, there is a good chance that Cyberpunk 2077 still hides some secrets that are yet to be uncovered, like the solution to the puzzling FF:06:B5 mystery that even leaked into The Witcher 3.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG set in a future dystopian world. Players take up the role of V, who works as a mercenary in Night City in California. Gameplay involves branching dialogue, open-world exploration, character classes, and combat.
- December 10, 2020
- REDengine 4
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
- How Long To Beat
- 25 Hours
- PS Plus Availability