Given that it heavily borrows from the themes of the original Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop RPG, it makes sense that CD Projekt Red would want Cyberpunk 2077 to be pretty fluid when it comes to identity. We don't have the full picture on how that pans out just yet, but post-Gamescom CD Projekt Red has confirmed once nice little bit that will hit players the second they start a new save.
In an interview with Metro's GameCentral, CD Projekt Red senior concept artist Marthe Jonkers said the studio was trying to make Cyberpunk 2077 an inclusive game, and despite the difficulties they've had broaching the topic, and part of that included removing gender as an option entirely.
"Our character creation menu, for instance, compared to the last demo we now give you so many more options," Jonkers told Metro. "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."
Cyberpunk 2077 isn't even out yet, but it's been in the works for so long that people are already remastering the game's original trailer.
CDR has talked in the past about building a dystopian world where megacorporations hypersexualise everything, and that the in-game world was filled with plenty of non-binary, nonconforming people. It's a large enough demographic in Cyberpunk 2077 to warrant the attention of brands and advertisers, according to artist Kasia Redesiuk, the creator behind the "Mix It Up" poster that garnered attention earlier this year.
"In 2077, especially with how much body modifications are available, I think people just mix and match however they want, however they feel," Redesiuk told Polygon, stressing that the advertisement was meant to show the negative sides of oversexualisation.
It fits with Cyberpunk 2077's malleable skill system as well, where players can chop and change between classes at will. Quite how all of this fits the loss of humanity that CDR has pressed throughout multiple interviews isn't clear yet — and what's the situation with Keanu, who's supposed to be dead? — but there's a lot of time between now and April 2020.
In the meantime, 15 minutes of gameplay from Cyberpunk 2077 is due to be livestreamed around 0400 AEST on Saturday morning through CD Projekt Red's official Twitch channel.