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Iâve got to be honest, I never thought Iâd put the word âgenitalsâ in a headline here in my video game beat, but here we are, and CD Projekt Red is boldly going where few have dared to tread.
The ESRB rating for Cyberpunk 2077 has landed, and is a chunky paragraph talking about all the violence and sex we already knew would be coming in the game. But what I was not expecting? Custom genitals.
âPlayers can select a gender and customize their character; customization can include depictions of breasts, buttocks, and genitalia, as well as various sizes and combinations of genitals.â
So, I donât think this is just CDPR trying to be edgy, I think this is making good on their expressed desire to have the option for the player character to be transgender or non-binary.
This issue was brought up more than two years ago when CDPR said it was âtoo early to sayâ if they would offer more than binary male/female gender options, but âitâs definitely something theyâve looked at.â Now, it appears that the final system actually made it to the game where youâre not just potentially pairing male/female facial traits with female/male body types, or swapping voices, but you can customize your character right down to their genitals, or even a âcombination of genitalsâ which â¦ I am curious to see what that is like in practice.
I donât know how much actual full-frontal nudity will be in the game where this genital selection will be visible, but I suppose it could have ramifications on certain items of clothing as well.
Given that gender and trans issues usually cause some level of controversy in the gaming community, itâs easy to predict that CDPR will come under fire for going out of their way to be this inclusive from the usual irritating crowd who pushes back against the âpolitical correctnessâ of decisions like this. But I could potentially see some pushback on the other side if this isnât handled with some degree of sensitivity. Cyberpunk has already displeased some in the trans community with some in-game art.
I can guarantee you that when the âgenital customizationâ feature is finally revealed for the game youâre going to see it shared far and wide and it will be a bigger deal than it just being mentioned in the ESRB rating. And Iâm not sure whether this will be a positive moment for trans representation in video games, or a well-intentioned misstep, depending on how it works in practice.
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