Cyberpunk 2077 is here, and it's lit Image: Twitter
Cyberpunk 2077 is keeping it very real and moving beyond slick robots and ultra-fast cars. The much-awaited role-playing video game, developed by CD Projekt Red (yes, the same minds who created the Witcher series) has been taking the gaming world by storm since it released its trailer a few days ago.
The William Gibson-inspired first-person perspective game has a protagonist named V, who is a mercenary whose sex, physicality, clothing, hair can be customised depending on her/ his interactions with the non-playing characters.
Needless to say, nudity forms an important part of the game's story especially since the developers want the gamers to think about the changes and how they affect the progress.
"Nudity is important for us because of one reason, this is cyberpunk, so people augment their body. So the body is no longer sacrum (sacred), it’s profanum (profane). Because people modify everything, they are losing their connection to the body, to the meat. And that’s why we need to use the nudity in many situations," game director Adam Badowski told Polygon.
The makers released a 50-minute demo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018, which featured a mock-up of the 'character creation system'. The demo included generic male and female avatars in their nude, with their genitals covered up with pixelated boxes.
Badowski insists that the makers have tried their best to keep the nudity realistic, which is what the script needs. “We covered these parts because during the presentation, we don’t want people to focus on and think about these things and laugh. It’s normal! Nudity makes it more believable; that’s why we want to have it. There’s nothing special in it," added Badowski, who also says the nudity is not there for the 'shock value.'
Nudity in gaming has been debated relentlessly through the years, as is the case with films and TV shows. Cyberpunk 2077 is dependent heavily on its graphics and the characters' physical augmentation is a central focus of the game.
"It’s (augmentation) one of the key themes in cyberpunk. The very first scenes in the original Ghost in the Shell anime show exactly the same aspect. Because where is sacrum and where is profanum in a world when you can simply modify yourself to such limits that it makes you a different kind of person? It’s one of the most important themes in cyberpunk, as a genre," he added.