CD Projekt RED has released a free Novigrad expansion for their Witcher card game Gwent, but they have also ruined one of the game's many stunningly illustrated cards through inexplicable censorship. This comes not long after Cyberpunk 2077 was condemned for featuring "deeply transphobic" imagery (a fiasco which prompted the infamous Anita Sarkeesian to offer her unwanted services).
The blatantly obvious censorship caused some people to state that they would be protesting the move with their wallets, but is there anything to worry about for those who are excited about Cyberpunk 2077?
CD Projekt RED horribly censors Gwent! Will Cyberpunk 2077 be next?
Talked about first over on One Angry Gamer, CD Projekt RED's community manager Pawel Burza shared an update version of the Crypian Wiley (Whoreson Junior) card from Gwent.
Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath...— Pawel Burza (@pawelburza) June 26, 2019
The Cutups are a ruthless gang and they don't fool around!
Their leader – Cyprian Wiley aka Whoreson Junior
Order: Damage an enemy unit by 7, then gain Crowns equal to any excess damage dealt.#Novigrad pic.twitter.com/Bnt3Ix60Cw
Burza's updated illustration simply shows a nude Whoreson Junior standing in a blood filled basin with a cleaver in his hand. In addition, there's also an extended pale knee from one of the many killer's victims.
Although the craftsmanship is no doubt impressive, it's impossible to shake off the feeling that it looks empty and bare bones. And that's because it is.
Fans of The Witcher quickly criticised CD Projekt RED for the censorship and it's not hard to see why when looking at the before and after artwork.
nice censorship, glad I know where to not spend my money pic.twitter.com/9atbsUAqzU— 飛影 (@JaganshiXI) June 28, 2019
As you can see from the above comparison, the before version of the Whoreson Junior card packs way more than the after.
The original artwork shows three murdered lasses with deadly cuts and bruises. Furthermore, the rippling blood boasts superior lighting, and the fallen goblet explains why there's a nonsensical shadow in the updated print.
It's not clear why CD Projekt RED replaced the once intimidating and provocative art with something best described as a pale and boring imitation, but I hope more than anything that it's not a sign of things to come with Cyberpunk 2077.
CD Projekt RED's upcoming sci-fi RPG was criticised after its E3 showing despite being the most interesting and compelling title displayed at the event, and it would be a massive mistake for the Polish developer to censor any artwork or moments in the game that could potentially cause controversy.
In response to a damning accusation of the Polish developer cowering to the uproar from "American "Journalists" and SJWs," Burza implied that Cyberpunk 2077 won't be censored because it'll be rated differently.
Cyberpunk 2077 will have a different rating.— Pawel Burza (@pawelburza) July 1, 2019
Hopefully this turns out to be true as CD Projekt RED shouldn't jeopardise their vision and the many enticing themes they want to confront with Cyberpunk 2077's world design.
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