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Cyberpunk 2077 character creator chucks binary gender options in the bin

The Cyberpunk 2077 character creation has gone through a major transformation since it was first seen back in E3, 2018.

Back during E3, we were shown a massive, 48-minute demo that revealed guns, more guns, a pretty cool dialogue system, guns, and a stunning world that included no loading screens. It was a demo that had many of us wondering what was going to come next.

It also showed character customization, which still, rather disappointingly, used binary gender options aka male/female gender options. Considering that the game is called Cyberpunk 2077 and features transhumanism, we expected a lot more inclusive options.

Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 demo

Since then it seems that CD Projekt RED, the publisher, and developer behind Cyberpunk 2077, has been making changes behind the scenes to make the Cyberpunk 2077 character creator shine in a way that other character creators haven’t before.

This information came out during an interview between Metro and senior concept artist, Marthe Jonkers.

“Our character creation menu, compared to the last demo, we now give you so many more options,” they told Metro. “For instance, you don’t choose your gender anymore. 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.”

Jonkers also mentioned how the topic of voice will be handled.

“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.”

Whether this will address other transphobic practices in the game, such as the overt sexualization of people whom are trans, remains to be seen. Nonetheless, CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 character creator chucking the gender binary in the bin does seem promising.

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on April 16th, 2020. For more Cyberpunk 2077 news and features, we at Gayming Magazine are here to help.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.