Mass misunderstandings about gender being removed in Cyberpunk 2077 has resulted in allegations of CD Projekt RED catering to the “woke”.
Cyberpunk 2077 is already a massive success thanks to its pre-order sales, but those awaiting the most anticipated game of 2020 have recently had their feathers ruffled by CD Projekt RED removing gender from the character creation suite. This has resulted in allegations of the game pandering to the “woke”.
There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to Cyberpunk 2077 such as its dense world and remarkable freedom in gameplay. Not only that, but the character creation suite sounds as if it’ll be more extensive than pretty much every other RPG.
Yet, despite how incredible the game promises to be, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding it. There was a lot of hoopla earlier in the year about it supposedly being transphobic for daring to have an advertisement showing a sexy transgender, and now there’s allegations from the other political spectrum about it catering to the minority who are “woke”.
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Cyberpunk 2077 removes gender: What does this mean?
It’s impossible to blame people for being confused about what Cyberpunk 2077 removing gender actually means. After all, CD Projekt RED hasn’t explained their decision all that well, and there’s contradictory statements circling about the internet.
From CD Projekt RED themselves, the studio’s concept artist Marthe Jenkers told the Metro that players will choose a body type instead of gender.
“You don’t choose, ‘I want to be a female or male character’ you now choose a body type,” said Jenkers. “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.”
The above description sounds pretty straightforward and exciting, but then there are those who have expressed their want to pick either male or female.
Fortunately, it sounds as if you’ll still be able to do just that thanks to a Reddit post.
A user named MakoRuu reportedly messaged CD Projekt RED to clarify the situation, and they received a response saying, “Strict male and female options are still there.”
Another Reddit user messaged CD Projekt RED on Twitter asking if there’ll still be he/she gendered speech, and they received a response saying “no worries”.
Why you needn’t worry about Cyberpunk 2077 being woke
No one should be blamed for expressing their concerns about Cyberpunk 2077 as it shows their passion and excitement for the game.
With that being said, the tantrums thrown about it being “woke” are unnecessary as nothing about the character creation suite will affect them in any capacity.
The description from CD Projekt RED themselves hasn’t helped matters as it suggests that gender choices are completely removed. And this is what has led to the bombardment of allegations about it catering to the minority instead of the masses.
#Cyberpunk2077 romoves gender… god WHY?
U mean, it’s ok to add option to not choose gender,
BUT I WANT TO choose one! Including lefties checkmarks You are excluding your fans!
Don’t pander to stupid #woke sh*t!@CDPROJEKTRED pic.twitter.com/P2HBKrVECp
— Bunker (@Bunker369) August 28, 2019
Sorry but your game is getting a little too “woke” for me. So your getting rid of gender options entirely for like what? .004% of the population so they aren’t offended? Wow so inclusive of you guys! “finger snaps”. Gimme a break
— PoisonArp (@Thepalskinator) August 30, 2019
Next up a CDPR is making a RPG game set in the 19th century.
Also CDRP: We don’t want to leave anyone out and we want to include anyone with different views regarding gender, so we will let you choose Body Type.
Please confirm if you doing this only for the lores sake, not for PC
— Tommy (@txtz501) August 29, 2019
Yet, once you do some digging around on Reddit and other areas of the internet, you quickly realise that CD Projekt RED is honestly catering to everyone instead of a sole group of people.
You can still look, sound and be a male or female in Cyberpunk 2077, but the fact you can also mix and match adds another layer of freedom every other game lacks.
And this should be embraced rather than feared as it will allow players to create the best representation of themselves possible.
Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be an amazing game, and fans should put their trust in CD Projekt RED as they have arguably been the most consumer friendly game developer over the past decade.
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