CD Projekt explains why Cyberpunk 2077 features nudity


Without question, Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the biggest games previewed at this year’s E3 show, and interest in this sci-fi role-playing game is sky high despite the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 does not actually have a release date yet.

But still, many were eager to see Polish developer CD Projekt’s game at E3 this year. And it appears that like their earlier game The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 will also be aimed at mature audiences.

Actually, in a demo shown at E3, two avatars (one male and one female) were shown against a blue background. These two characters genitals were covered by white boxes, but game director Adam Badowski did assure that characters’ private parts in the avatar creation screen will almost certainly be visible in the full game…

This means Cyberpunk 2077 will likely have full frontal nudity, a first for the Polish studio which nonetheless did feature some steamy sex scenes in their earlier Witcher games.

There’s a reason for this nudity though, and it has to do with the game’s cyberpunk setting and its transhuman themes, as Cyberpunk 2077’s game director told gaming website Polygon. “Nudity is important for us because of one reason … This is cyberpunk, so people augment their body. So the body is no longer sacrum [sacred]; it’s profanum [profane]. Because people modify everything, they are losing their connection to the body, to the meat. And that’s why we need to use the nudity in many situations”, said CD Projekt’s Badowski.

Badowski’s explanation does seem a bit convoluted though, even if the notion of transhumanism and how it could apply to the game sure is interesting. But I personally wish CD Projekt does not get bogged down in metaphysical mumbo jumbo, and delivers an engaging and fun gameplay experience like it did with the Witcher games.

Aside from this game featuring nudity and the implications of its cyberpunk themes, it’s also interesting that players will be able to choose their character’s gender and appearance too. Of course it is to be expected that romantic relationships will be possible in the game, but will Cyberpunk’s sex scenes be even more explicit taking into account CD Projekt plans to include full nudity in the game like Bioware did in Mass Effect Andromeda?

This remains to be seen, and while it’s early days for Cyberpunk 2077 the game already looks like it could as controversial as The Witcher 3 was. But will this be another RPG masterpiece like Geralt’s great role-playing adventure was? We’ll still have to wait quite some time in order to find out, but hopefully CD Projekt won’t fail to deliver with their upcoming futuristic RPG.