While you may be a rogue cyber-criminal with incredible tech enhancements, there are some limits to who you can beat up in Cyberpunk 2077's Night City. Specifically, children and story-critical NPCs. You can be evil, just not a monster.
This resurfaced today after Reddit user masoncool4566 posted a message exchange with a developer at CD Projekt Red, stating as much. We confirmed this in our interview with Cyberpunk 2077 quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz at E3 2019 as well.
"The way it works is that for the main storyline there is a number of characters, the story, key characters that you actually cannot harm unless you make a specific narrative choice to do so. In the side quests, we give the players a little bit more liberty with this because side quests you can fail. So there is a number of characters that can be killed. There is a limited amount of characters that cannot be harmed. Same goes for children."
Much like The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim before it, no hurting children. Though hopefully users aren't planning to mod that in, like they did with Skyrim. Come on y'all, if you can suspend your disbelief that all this hacking technology exists or that Keanu Reeves is like, right there, you can be cool with leaving the children well enough alone.
If you're still interested in Cyberpunk 2077, and I sincerely hope this isn't what could change that, you should check out our guide to all things Cyberpunk 2077. It'll hit store shelves on April 16, 2020, with a seemingly unpunchable (and unavailable for a hook-up) Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand.