Cyberpunk 2077 Aims to Be More Inclusive to All Players
The character customization menus in the upcoming open-world RPG Cyberpunk 2077 won’t include an option to pick a gender, according to a recent interview with the game’s senior concept artist Marthe Jonkers.
CD Projekt RED has previously expressed interest in letting players create trans or non-binary characters in Cyberpunk 2077 but the studio has also ran into some controversy regarding an in-game advert that appeared to depict a transgender woman.
Jonkers told Metro GameCentral that CD Projekt RED “really want to make a video game that’s really inclusive.” So when the developer team received criticism about the gender options for character customization not being inclusive enough, the developers made a change.
“For instance, you don’t choose your gender anymore,” Jonkers explained. “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,” Jonkers also said. “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.”
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