V in the GOG Galaxy T-Shirt.

Unlock Cyberpunk 2077's Rewards DLC Without the Galaxy Client

Gaming Feb 20, 2022

If you've read (or attempted to read) my incredibly long article I wrote last year about my experience with Cyberpunk 2077, then you'll know I love it. I admit that I went a bit mad and created what amounts to 40 minutes of gushing about how much I enjoyed the experience; but it came from the heart and I really wanted to praise the PC version mostly due to the fact the game was getting severely bashed because of it's utterly shit console version releases (yea, even I'm not denying they fucked that up).

One thing, however, that has annoyed me about the PC version that I didn't actually touch on in that article is the 'Rewards' DLC that was offered to people who installed the game via GOG Galaxy. Now while the DLC is free and neither it nor the game technically contains any DRM, some consider the fact the DLC is gated behind the Galaxy Client as a form of DRM. Unfortunately although GOG has always claimed to be DRM-Free, they have a history of occasionally being liberal with what they consider 'Digital Rights Management' to actually mean. But that's a topic for another day…

It turns out you can actually install this DLC (or rather activate it) without the Galaxy Client at all. I've only just discovered this fact thanks to a user that posted this handy trick way back in December 2020. Anyway, here's how you do it:

  1. Locate GameServicesGOG.DLL in <path-to game>\Cyberpunk 2077\bin\x64 and either rename it or move it somewhere safe (e.g. onto the Desktop).
  2. Launch the game and click on the My Rewards button on the bottom right of the main menu, a URL and QR Code will be displayed.
  3. Close or minimise the game and access the URL in a browser and click on Claim Rewards.
  4. You'll be asked to register or log into a GOG account (if you need to create an account you can even register with a fake email if you have no intention of using it again).
  5. Once logged in you'll be given confirmation that the rewards have been unlocked (They will be located in the stash in V's apartment).
  6. Move/rename GameServicesGOG.DLL to what/where it was originally. You may not neccessarily need to do this, but I did just in case it caused issues with the game (such as when it gets updated). Note that doing this will revert the My Rewards button back to stating you need to log into GOG Galaxy when you click on it, but the rewards will remain unlocked and usable in-game.

The great thing about this is it should also work (although I've not tested it for obvious reasons) with any PC version of the game, so even if you bought it on Steam, Epic Games or Humble Bundle you can have this small and somewhat shit (but most importantly free) selection of items too.

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