During the main story of Cyberpunk 2077, players will start to notice a reoccurring message appear saying “Relic Malfunction Detected.” What does this message mean? Does stop at some point, or it is just one of the game’s many bugs? As it turns out, this message does actually mean something in the game for V. Here’s what you need to know.
What Does Relic Malfunction Detected Mean in Cyberpunk 2077?
The “Relic Malfunction Detected” message will appear after the mission “The Heist.” This is when you install the chip Johnny is on, but after you do, your own relics begin to fail. This message means that you are basically slowly dying, and there is nothing you can do about the chip you have installed. Just to make things worse you will soon see a holographic like Johnny appear in your sight.
This message serves as a way for you to keep having dialogue with Johnny throughout the game. Soon after meeting Johnny for the first time you will get a Relic Malfunction Detected message appear. Johnny will begin to tell you how he wants to help you save your life and how he can help. This is basically the game’s main story, as you try to find a way to remove the chip from your body before it’s too late.
Johnny will continue to appear and disappear in your game during cutscenes as well during random gameplay. The message will also appear in the game and cause V to cough for a moment, but this is only just to remind you that V is not well.
That is what the Relic Malfunction Detected message means in Cyberpunk 2077. While you are here, be sure to check out some of our other guides on Cyberpunk 2077: