Following the reveal of a new CGI trailer at E3, CD Projekt RED’s upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077 faced a number of controversies.
The first one was related to a possible fetishization of transsexual people due to a screenshot revealed at NVidia’s ray tracing technology advertisement. Twitter, Reddit, and other social platforms have united in a wave of complaints against the company.
Polygon had a chance to interview an artist who has created the image, Kasia Redesiuk. Check out the entirety of the article following the link above!
“Cyberpunk 2077 is a dystopian future where megacorporations dictate everything,” Redesiuk said. “They try to, and successfully, influence people’s lives. They shove products down their throats. They create those very aggressive advertisements that use, and abuse, a lot of people’s needs and instincts. So, hypersexualization is apparent everywhere, and in our ads there are many examples of hypersexualized women, hypersexualized men, and hypersexualized people in between.
“This is all to show that [much like in our modern world], hypersexualization in advertisements is just terrible,” Redesiuk continued. “It was a conscious choice on our end to show that in this world — a world where you are a cyberpunk, a person fighting against corporations. That is what you’re fighting against.”
During the very same E3 2019, those invited had a chance to check out a gameplay demo of Cyberpunk 2077 for themselves. IGN has published a long article detailing just exactly what was shown behind the closed doors. Following the demo reveal, CD Projekt RED found themselves under critique for weak gunplay and racial stereotypes.
The chief reason being the existence of a crime group called Animals that consists primarily of black people.
The creator of Cyberpunk 2020 universe, Mike Pondsmith, stepped into the discussion on Reddit to share his opinion:
He also answered accusations of not being heavily involved in the development of the game and that CDPR has “deviated from the 2020 canon horribly and inexcusably in their portrayal of the Voodoo Boys”:
Moving to the good news, CD Projekt RED has published a number of posters for Cyberpunk 2077 in their Twitter:
- Neomilitarism – The look of global conflict and corporations jockeying for power. Cold, sharp and modern. Making everyone look as if they are ready to drop out of an AV’s cargo door and head straight into combat.
- Kitsch – The look of a long lost golden age on people entirely unwilling or unable to forget it. It’s flashy, bold and usually cheap – filled with gold-plated cyberware, implants encased in brightly colored plastic and larger-than-life makeup.
- Entropism – The look of poverty that derives from humans grappling with and struggling against technology and its unforgiving advance. It denotes a lack of design blending with a general poverty of means and ideas.
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) 14 июня 2019 г.