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In Cyberpunk 2077, “you don’t choose your gender anymore”

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CD Projekt Red has changed Cyberpunk 2077’s character customisation options in an attempt to make the game more inclusive. In an interview with Metro GameCentral, senior concept artist Marthe Jonkers talked through the new approach to character creation.

Community feedback from last year’s Cyberpunk gameplay demo saw CDPR criticised for its binary expression of male and female characters, particularly given the source material’s fluid approach to body modification. According to Jonkers, however, in the new character creation menu, “compared to the last demo we now give you so many more options.”

“For instance, you don’t choose your gender anymore. You don’t choose ‘I want to be a female or a 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.”

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Of course, that’s not where the customisation ends. Jonker says that the system also has “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.”

After last year’s criticism, CDPR said it had made an effort to improve the options available to players. At E3 earlier this summer, quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz said that the devs were looking into options around gender fluidity.

Exactly what that will look like remains to be seen, but we should find out more soon. The Cyberpunk 2077 release date is still several months away, but a new Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay demo is due to drop later this week, which may shine a light on the updated customisation options.

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