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Cyberpunk 2077 Developers Get Rid of the Game's Gender Options

'Cyberpunk 2077' Developers Get Rid of the Game's Gender Options

'Cyberpunk 2077' Developers Get Rid of the Game's Gender Options

CD Projekt Red is saying buh-bye to traditional, binary gender options for video game players.

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An upcoming video game is taking major steps towards inclusivity of people of all gender identities! 

According to a report from IGN, CD Projekt Red, the developers behind the highly-anticipated, Keanu-tastic Cyberpunk 2077 title, are completely doing away with binary gender options for game players, instead, opting only for body types. 

"Our character creation menu, for instance, compared to the last demo, we now give you so many more options," CD Projekt Red's senior concept artist Marthe Jonkers said in an interview with Metro about the new progress on the game that has been teased since as early as 2012. "For instance, you don’t choose your gender anymore. You don’t choose, 'I want to be a female or male character.' You now choose a body type. Because we want you to feel free to create any character you want."

Jonkers continued: 

"So you choose your body type and we have two voices, one that’s male sounding, one is female sounding. You can mix and match. You can just connect them any way you want. And then we have a lot of extra skin tones and tattoos and hairstyles. So we really want to give people the freedom to make their own character and play the way they want to play."

The news of CD Projekt Red's push for inclusivity was welcomed amongst fans, especially considering that the Cyberpunk 2077 team was criticized earlier this year for including art in the game that many saw as transphobic

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to be released on April 16, 2020, with new gameplay footage premiering on Friday, Aug. 30 during a livestream event a Gamescom 2019. Watch a trailer for the game in the video below!

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Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel

Raffy is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor, video creator, critic, and digital director of Out Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of PRIDE, he is also a die-hard Rihanna and Sailor Moon stan who loves to write about all things pop culture, entertainment, and identities. Follow him on Instagram (@raffyermac) and Twitter (@byraffy), and subscribe to his YouTube channel