Whereas, for probably the most half, it appeared as if E3 2019 created plenty of pleasure round Cyberpunk 2077, some main controversy has been increase across the recreation. The invention of an in-game commercial has set the web ablaze, due to what many are calling an offensive depiction of a transgender girl. That, and the usage of “combine it up” because the advert’s slogan led many to query whether or not Cyberpunk 2077 will respectfully depict trans and queer points total. Whereas that query hasn’t been fully answered, apparently Cyberpunk 2077 will enable gamers to have their characters be transgender and non-binary, in the event that they so select.
This was introduced by quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz in an interview with Gamasutra. In keeping with Tomaszkiewicz, one of many objectives of the Cyberpunk 2077’s character creator is “to provide the gamers as many choices of customization to start with of the sport as we will.” Extra particularly, CD Projekt RED seems to need gamers to mirror their actual selves as finest as they’ll. To take action, the character creator will apparently be stuffed with a wide range of choices, and completely different attributes might be separate from each other. As such, gamers can even have the ability to have a non-binary character.
You’ll apparently have the ability to make your character’s physique sort separate out of your facial construction, which can also be separate from their voice. Whereas full freedom of customization seems to be a serious objective for CD Projekt RED, it’s additionally apparently “not as straightforward because it sounds.”
It needs to be famous that we haven’t seen everything of Cyberpunk 2077’s character creator in motion. As such, it’s actually not possible to inform how in-depth it will likely be till its launch. CD Projekt RED remains to be engaged on the system, so hopefully Tomaszkiewicz’s phrases don’t simply grow to be empty guarantees.
As only a few video games, and no AAA video games, help you play as a transgender or non-binary character, Tomaszkiewicz’s statements may very well be taken as promising ones. Nonetheless, bearing in mind this most up-to-date controversy does make it a bit of tough to simply accept. With the controversy surrounding this commercial reaching the extent it did, Cyberpunk 2077 artist Kasia Redesiuk addressed the difficulty, calling it a commentary on hypersexuality in ads.
Till it releases, nevertheless, we’ll solely have pre-release supplies to base Cyberpunk 2077 on. We’ll see for certain if the character creator provides as a lot freedom as promised when it releases on April 16, 2020 for the PlayStation four, Xbox One, and PC.