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CDPR clarifies Cyberpunk 2077 gender choice

"We really want to make sure players get the representation that they want," says level designer Max Pears.

A lot of discussion has taken place around the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 won't make you select a gender, and level designer Max Pears has offered some clarity to the matter when talking with VGC at the Tokyo Game Show.

"We really want to make sure players get the representation that they want. In the genre of Cyberpunk as well, it asks such deep questions about what it means to be human, let alone what it means to define your gender," he said.

"Having that customisation match how you feel is your representation of how you feel... it's important for us and it's important to the lore of this world too."

"One of the things we've done to make sure the game addresses things a certain way is a lot of the time NPCs are just going to refer to you as 'V', because you won't be able to choose your name."

"That way it helps people know that it's their character that's being spoken to and also however you've envisioned your V, that's still your V. That's been our focus: your version of V is your version as the player and that's how you will be addressed in the game."

As for the customisation of your V, you choose the body type and then "the genitals will be determined by that. You can have a male or female voice with either body, but the genitals are defined by the body."

This same freedom of choice is expressed in the romance options as well, as you won't be confined just to heterosexual relationships. That being said, Keanu Reeves' character might not be available for romancing, as Pears said "I don't believe you can" when asked about wooing the hero.

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