CD Projekt Red recently revealed a Cyberpunk 2077 game play demo to the Polish press. Following the press event a member of the game’s official forum share translated comments from CD Projekt Red. These comments leaked onto NeoGaf and Reddit within hours, causing a bit of a controversy among some gamers. The flames of the controversy were fanned by gaming news sites like VGR.
According to the translated comments, CD Projekt Red said…
“Religions are still very present in Night City. Our vision of Cyberpunk is not to describe an alternative world but a continuation of our world. Some things will look like our current reality. For example, Christianity is present in the game and will even have a faction. We will not avoid any subject, even if they may offend the sensitivity of some. We are not here to say whether it is good or bad.”
After reading those comments many “progressive gamers” were overjoyed at the idea of turning Cyberpunk 2077 into Jihad simulator 2077. Unfortunately for those wannabe cyber-church shooters CD Projekt Red clarified their comments, as pointed out in a YouTube video by JuiceHead.
According to quest director Meteusz Tomaskiewicz, the comments floating around the internet were mistranslated. He went ahead and gave IGN the actual translations, which IGN verified independently. The translations provided to IGN can be found below.
Gry Online WP (English): You mentioned religion. Does it still exist in the Cyberpunk world?
CD Projekt Red (English): Yes, and in many forms. As I mentioned, our vision is somehow based on the real world. And religion is a very important part of the latter, society-wise. In our game we’re going to see for example Christianity and its different branches, or religions from the East.
Gry Online WP (English): Sounds controversial. Someone will enter a church to cause havoc.
CD Projekt Red (English): We do not want to avoid religion as a topic, authenticity of the world is what counts for us. Technically, the situation you mentioned is possible, but this is all about the choices made by the player. We won’t encourage the player to do so. In our quests, which involve religious themes, we make sure there’s no disrespect.
So, there you have it. You might be able to enter a church and cause chaos but the game itself will not steer you in that direction. Additionally, any quest given to you by the game involving religion will treat said religion respectfully. As per usual, the controversy is nothing more than gaming journalist too lazy to do their job and verify the translations themselves.