As you may have seen in our ‘Can You Be Gay in Cyberpunk 2077‘ guide, the romance options in CD Projekt Red’s game have been extremely confusing to understand. So confusing that we’ve now decided to write a definitive, 100% fact-checked gay romance guide for Cyberpunk 2077 so players don’t have to redo hours of time.
One of the real head-scratching moments in this game is that, for one, it seemingly changes the sexuality of a well-known character from the TTRPG game, and on the other hand it ties romance options to voice and body type which…is certainly a thing. It’s frustrating and we can understand why there is confusion and almost irritability over people making statements like ‘actually, Panam and River are bisexual’ when it doesn’t seem that way for heterosexual players.
But don’t fret – this is why we’ve not only typed up this new guide, but we’ve updated our old one too. Though again, we have to be blunt with you, Cyberpunk 2077 does not respect trans V’s in any way, shape, or form. This shouldn’t be shocking, just look at the game’s marketing, but for more information on what we mean on that then we advise you to look at Stacey Henley’s article about how trans people are looked at in regards to romance and sex in this game.
So, can you be gay in Cyberpunk 2077?
The Definitive Gay Romance Guide for Cyberpunk 2077
“But Aimee/Gayming Magazine/Person Who Writes the Articles,” I hear you cry, “when I played a Male V, I couldn’t romance River and when I play as a Female V I can’t romance Panam. What gives?”
Right, so this is where it gets complicated because it’s true. You can’t romance River or Panam if you’re playing either a Male V with a ‘male body’ or a Female V with a ‘female body.’ I say complicated because I’m unsure if this way of handling romance is CD Projekt Red’s way of stating that sexuality isn’t just about gender and looks but, like a lot of things in Cyberpunk 2077, have made an incredibly perplexing and somewhat insulting system instead.
Anyway, we’ll talk more about that in the future. For now, here’s how sex and romance works with your 4 ‘main’ romance options in Cyberpunk 2077.
A rockerboy that used to be part of Johnny Silverhand’s old band, Samurai, Kerry Eurodyne is also part of the cast in the TTRPG of Cyberpunk. It has since been revealed that Kerry is actually seen as bisexual by R. Talsorian Games.
Able to be romanced by: Male V body, with Male V voice
A cop that works with the NCPD, River Ward can only be romanced if you start the side-quest ‘Following the River‘. Otherwise you’ll miss him completely, as he isn’t part of the main storyline at all – making him an anomaly in regards to other love interests such as Panam, Judy, and Kerry.
Able to be romanced by: Female V body, with either Male/Female voice
Judy Alvarez is unique as far as love interests go as she’s the only love interest to actively turn a Male V down if they hit on her. Her quests also talk more about her love life, as well as her sexuality and how it impacted her growing up. Meaning that mods that make her romanceable for Male V’s should, in fact, get chucked in the garbage.
Able to be romanced by: Female V body, with Female V voice
Panam Palmer is a key player in Cyberpunk 2077’s main storyline, so it’s important for players to do her quest if they want to get one of the best endings. She’s also a romance option, and much like River Ward, doesn’t treat either Male or Female V differently. That means yes, she’ll hold you, flirt with you and whatnot, regardless of who you are. Still, like River, she also has some restrictions.
Able to be romanced by: Male V body, with either Female/Male voice
There you have it, these are all the romance options within Cyberpunk 2077 and further proof that no, we’re not kidding when we say that there isn’t any actual heterosexual romances in the game. It just…isn’t implemented all that well.