Menu

CD Projekt Red: CyberTrans 2077

There has been a pretty big LGBTQ+ movement lately and it’s had an effect on every aspect of life, including our little gaming corner. CDPR has recently come out and given new information on its new and upcoming title: Cyberpunk 2077. The long awaited first-person shooter was shown off at this years E3 event and showed off that Mr. John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, was gonna play a pretty major role in the game. Along with some more information on the world and how we could interact with it, a new CGI trailer, and the much anticipated release date, the developer even came out to talk about them adding transgender character options. They said that in the final release of the game, they are hoping to add enough options to the character creation, that anyone would be able to create a character of their choosing. This statement came out a couple days after there was an uproar over an in-game ad.

This was the ad that is under controversy, as it depicts a character presenting as female, but with male genitalia.

In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, Quest Director of Cyberpunk 2077, talked about how they plan on improving on gender representation in the game. Tomaszkiewicz said this,

“Of course. It’s a very sensitive and important subject I believe. We have put a lot of thought into this. One of the things we want to do in the final game (which we couldn’t show in the demo yet, because as you mentioned it’s a work in progress) is to give the players as many options of customization in the beginning of the game as we can. 

For example, we want to do this thing where, as you create your character, after you choose the body type, you can, for example, use physical traits as you build your face that could be assigned to a man, woman, or nonbinary. The idea is to mix all of those up, to give them to the players, as they would like to build it. Same goes for the voice. We wanted to separate this out, so the players can choose it freely. This is something we are still working on, it’s not as easy as it sounds. 

This is one part of it. In terms of how we depict the characters within the setting itself, of course, yes, we are paying a lot of attention to it, we do not want anyone to feel like we are neglecting this, or treating it wrongly.”

This isn’t the first time CD Projekt Red has come under fire from the public on transgender concerns. Last year, there was an original post they had that was retweeted by a fan, asking ” I WANT MORE GUYS” and the Cyberpunk 2077 twitter responded, “Did you just assume their gender?!” Now, the comment in and of itself isn’t entirely harmless, it does imply an insensitive prod at transgender people, which is often used to undervalue them.

While they have made some mistakes in regards to all of this, it can be implied as well that none of this was done in ill-will and according to the statement from Tomaszkiewicz, they truly want to come up with better ways to appeal to everyone.

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to be released on April 16, 2020 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC and their most recent E3 trailer can be found here.

No comments

Leave a Reply

Newsletter

Sony Considering Buying Warframe Developer Parent Company

Sony is preparing to expand their gaming division further, according to a Bloomberg report. Leyou, the Hong Kong-based firm that owns Warframe developer Digital Extremes among other studios, is the target…

July 2, 2020, 99
The Dark Eye Book of Heroes Key Art

The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes Review – Meet Joe Blech

Tabletop and video games take on many different distinctions that make it difficult to transition between the two, and The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes exemplifies this in every possible…

July 1, 2020, 141
Min Min Character Reveal Trailer

Min Min and Vault Boy Join Smash Ultimate – Impressions

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just got updated to Ver. 8.0.0. With it comes a swathe of balance changes, but also plenty of new DLC content. Owners of the second Fighter…

June 30, 2020, 170
Underact Kickstarter Logo

Undercat Kickstarter Nearly 25% Funded

On June 23, 2020, Crytivo and Sparky Tail Games announced and launched a Kickstarter campaign for Undercat, a retro-styled, 2D action platformer. In just under a week, the campaign has…

June 29, 2020, 134

Zack Snyder’s Justice League – First Impressions

The DC Cinematic Universe has been a mixed bag since the release of Man of Steel, with one of its most controversial entries being 2017’s Justice League. The film was…

June 29, 2020, 282
Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered Title Screen Screenshots

5 Changes I Want to See in Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered

So, earlier this year, EA announced that they like money (no surprises there) and that they’re extremely interested in profiting off our nostalgia by remastering several beloved games from their…

June 28, 2020, 953
Pokemon Unite Announcement

Pokemon Unite is heading to Switch, iOS and Android

Last week’s Pokemon Presents closed with a surprise – a second video presentation would air the following week. Today, Pokemon fans tuned in with fingers crossed an announcement of another…

June 24, 2020, 244

Dread Nautical Review – The Haunting of Horatio Hornblower

“My mind’s an endless storm out in the cold unknown.”   My relationship with X-Com is one of unrequited love and passionate hatred. Even though I got into the turn-based…

June 24, 2020, 263

Behind the Curtain – The End of Modern Cinema

How the mighty have fallen. What was once a night of silver screen magic and awe, has turned into $20 bags of popcorn and general disinterest. Mixed with Hollywood’s abandonment…

June 23, 2020, 252
The Innsmouth Case Title Screen

The Innsmouth Case Review – The Definition of Insanity

Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.’ An oddly applicable statement when discussing The Innsmouth Case, a…

June 23, 2020, 305