On several occasions, Polish video game developer CD Projekt Red has adamantly expressed how vital Cyberpunk 2077’s success is for the future of the company. After all, the game began its development in late 2011 by a secondary team code-named Team Black. With nine years of active and side development invested in the game, it failing to perform could financially cripple the company.
For that reason, CDPR placed a heavy emphasis on their marketing plan. A plan that at every single stage served more to antagonize and alienate paying customers before the company opted just to shut up and go radio silent.
During their disastrous media relations, senior concept artist Marthe Jonkers proudly proclaimed to Metro how in a role-playing game, they had removed gender as an option, as concisely reported by Niche Gamer. As shills defend it, the average consumer reacted negatively to the news. Finding the idea of eliminating gender in an RPG to stupid pandering to 0.6% of the population. Many of whom also objected to the notion of removing gender as an option.
“Of course, if you tackle certain subjects then you will expect people to have an opinion about it and we respect that. And it’s good that people give us feedback. And our character creation menu, for instance, compared to the last demo we now give you so many more options. For instance, you don’t choose your gender anymore. You don’t choose, “I want to be a female or male character” you now choose a body type. Because we want you to feel free to create any character you want.
“So you choose your body type and we have two voices, one that’s male sounding, one is female sounding. You can mix and match. You can just connect them any way you want. And then we have a lot of extra skin tones and tattoos and hairstyles. So we really want to give people the freedom to make their own character and play the way they want to play.”
Although Jonker’s asserted gender was removed from the game, behind the scenes, developers were saying a different story. In DMs and tweets, they assured players gender was still an option in the game. Confirming players would be able to pick their own pronouns and play as a male or female if they desired.
Now according to the ESRB’s description, the developers were not lying. Gender is indeed still in the game, and customization goes far far beyond the standard set by Saint Row franchise when it came to genital customization.
According to the ESRB rating, players will be able to mix and match part while also choosing how big or small each part is. Though players will never see these parts in direct action, it will presumably have an impact on the shape of their clothing and what is seen during the game’s sex scenes.
“The game contains nudity and sexual material: Players can select a gender and customize their character; customization can include depictions of breasts, buttocks, and genitalia, as well as various sizes and combinations of genitals. Players can encounter events where they have the option to engage in sexual activities with other main characters or prostitutes—these brief sex scenes (from a first-person perspective) depict partially nude characters moaning suggestively while moving through various positions. Some scenes contain brief depictions of thrusting motions; other scenes depict a character’s head moving towards a partner’s crotch. “ -ESRB
Thus and I am calling it now. Cyberpunk 2077 will be dubbed Futanari Simulator 2020.