Kerry Eurodyne may not be my favourite character in Cyberpunk 2077, but I at least appreciated was that CD Projekt Red had actually made a gay romance option solely for Male V players. I didn’t expect them to do so, especially considering how gay men have been shafted in video games – we’re looking at you, Mass Effect and Fire Emblem: Three Houses – before. The downside is that Kerry is the only gay option, or so I thought, but it turns out that there’s actually conflict about that too. In fact, Kerry Eurodyne might not be gay at all, but bisexual.
The revelation came to me after some sleuthing about the terrible Judy romance mod that’s been spreading its way across social media. While some will argue until the cows come home that every character should be attracted to you because fantasy, I’m not interested in that at the moment. Regardless, the conversation on Reddit led to the discussion of Kerry being canonically bisexual in the TTRPG game, something which R. Talsorian Games confirmed.
And confirm they did. While talking about romance in Cyberpunk 2077, a CDPR employee was asked by a fan whether ‘making Kerry gay’ was discussed with the creator of the Cyberpunk tabletop game, Mike Pondsmith. Both R Talsorian Games and the employee responded in the affirmative. While this may sound great, case closed, job done, we can all go home happy, it was revealed by another fan that Kerry is actually bisexual in the tabletop game.
“Bisexual erasure makes us feel like trash. We had this incredible, established, full of depth character just yanked away from us.” Twitter user hexed_astora responded. “It’s heartbreaking. So many of us are absolutely dejected, you guys.”
Bisexual erasure is, unfortunately, common in video games and in media as a whole. Some are quick to call Max from Life is Strange a lesbian, despite her having a male love interest, and the same can be said for Leliana and Zevran from Dragon Age: Origins. So it’s not hard to see why people are upset about this.
According to R. Talsorian Games, however, they still see Kerry as bisexual. In the tweet, they talk more about how a female-presenting V comes with its own challenges as Kerry is unable to see more of Johnny in that ‘form,’ whereas with a male-presenting V he finds it easier to do so. Which is… definitely a choice!
Honestly, I don’t know how to unpack all of that. It’s important to have both bisexual and gay characters in the media we consume – but what do you do when you erase one for the other? How is it fair? Is it fair? It doesn’t seem so, and it just adds more complication to the already screwed up Cyberpunk 2077 romance options that are there.
Does this mean that Kerry Eurodyne should have been bisexual all along, or did Kerry’s sexuality just change because, as we all know, sexuality can do that? The answer is a big ‘I don’t know’ because Kerry’s quest and romance never fully explains who he is or his sexuality. And that’s fine for the most part, if Kerry was real then he doesn’t need to, but Kerry isn’t real and now players have people telling them two different things: Kerry Eurodyne is bisexual, but no actually Kerry Eurodyne is gay. But wait, only bisexual in the tabletop game. Got it? Great. Only not so great because erasing one sexuality for another absolutely blows. Also, did we mention the implication that Kerry’s only into you because he is kinda into Johnny Silverhand instead? What the hell is going on?
So what’s the answer? I don’t know. And from the looks of it, neither does anyone else.