CD Projekt RED are "transphobic" due to an in-game advert, but they could shrug off the hate by adding transgender options to the character creation suite.
Cyberpunk 2077 rescued E3 2019 from being a complete waste of time by giving us Keanu Reeves, but the Polish developer CD Projekt RED has come under a lot of scrutiny for a "deeply transphobic" in-game advert. Although the rationale behind the hypersexualised poster was logical and purposeful, one of the ways the developer could make amends with the outraged community is by including transgender options in the character creation suite.
The character creation suite for Cyberpunk 2077 has already been shown off, and - not to come across like a biased fanboy - it's incredibly in-depth and befitting of the tabletop source material.
While the character creation system shown off earlier in the year already has more options than the vast majority of RPGs, CD Projekt RED has talked about how they want to implement transgender options.
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Cyberpunk 2077 could shrug off transphobic hate with transgender options
Thanks to Twitter jokes in the past and an in-game advert starring a hypersexualised transgender model, CD Projekt RED has been labelled "transphobic" by a specific group of people on the world's most popular social media platform.
CD Projekt RED's talented artist explained to Polygon that the poster had a thematic purpose and that it was also in keeping with the hypersexualised portrayals of men and women in the game and in reality, yet that rationale wasn't good enough for those who want politics in their games but not really.
Some members of the angry mob have claimed that they won't be supporting the game despite it starring the incredible Keanu Reeves, but a bevy of transgender options for the character creation suite is a big deal that could potentially win back the small minority of protestors.
Talking to Gamasutra at E3 2019, Cyberpunk 2077's quest director, Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, said that CD Projekt RED wants "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 or a woman”.
Tomaszkiewicz further stated that - if the feature became a reality - players would also be able to choose the voice and body they want regardless of gender.
It's unclear whether players will be able to create transgender characters when the game launches, but it's something that would undoubtedly make Cyberpunk 2077 even better than it's already going to be.
Cyberpunk 2077 has "next level" gameplay and an unprecedented amount of freedom, so the ability to create transgender characters would make sense (especially when you consider the diversity of the game's population and in-game ads).
Not to look too far into the future, but the ability to create transgender characters in Cyberpunk 2077 could also mark the beginning of a new dawn where transgender options become regular and to be expected.
Cyberpunk 2077 launches April 16, 2020, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and you can find out everything you need to know about the different editions and how to pre-order by clicking here.
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