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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.

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