Cyberpunk 2077 Abandons Gender Options

CD Projekt Red has been criticised in the past for its handling of inclusivity & gender issues. In a recent interview, the senior concept artist of Cyberpunk 2077 discussed the way in which the game will approach gender within the games character customisation & its aim to create as inclusive a game as possible. Expect more on this in the gameplay livestream on August 30th.
Cyberpunk 2077 abondons gender options

Cyberpunk 2077 abondons gender options

CD Projekt Red has made it clear that they want Cyberpunk 2077 to be as inclusive as possible; This was generally assumed to mean that players would be able to select from several gender options for their protagonist with the suitably genderless name, V. The developer has elaborated on the games customisation system & it appears there will not be gender options. Instead, Cyberpunk 2077 will have a deep customisation system that goes far beyond simply choosing your character’s background; It’s CDPR’s hope that this will blur the lines between gender, allowing everyone to be the character they want to be. 

In an interview with Metro, Marthe Jonkers, senior concept artist for Cyberpunk 2077, explained Cyberpunk’s approach to the sensitive issue of inclusivity & why upon starting the game, you won’t choose any gender option. On the implementation of these customisation options, Jonkers said:

With (Cyberpunk 2077) we really want to make a video game that’s really inclusive. Of course, if you tackle certain subjects then you will expect people to have an opinion about it and we respect that. And it’s good that people give us feedback. And our character creation menu, for instance, compared to the last demo we now give you so many more options. 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. 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.

CD Projekt Red haven’t been immune to criticism in the past, concerning their handling of trans issues, but Jonkers assures that all criticism is taking on board & will help create the best possible game. On the topic of diversity, Jonkers discussed the Cyberpunk 2077 development team, saying… 

Our team is very international and very diverse but we have asked for a lot of feedback. We always ask for feedback and even when we show these demos, we still ask people to tell us what they think. We just wanna know what we can improve on because we want to make a really good game and we really wanna make a game that everybody is comfortable playing. But at the same time we’ll tackle difficult issues. It is a cyberpunk world after all.

Cyberpunk 2077 abandons gender options

Cyberpunk 2077 hopes to blur the line between binary gender choices

This news comes just days before the next public gameplay reveal for Cyberpunk 2077, so, perhaps we’ll see more of these extensive customisation options in the livestream, which you can watch on August 30th. If you’re looking for an inside look at the gameplay expected to be shown on Friday, make sure to read our opinions on the E3 2019 demo

Cyberpunk 2077 - Official Dev Diary Trailer | Gamescom 2019

Whether or not these systems all work out is yet to be decided, but there is no doubt that Cyberpunk 2077 is the most anticipated game of 2020. The game is set to release on April 16th & is available to pre-order on PS4, Xbox One & PC. 

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REAL Chicken

I don’t get why you are all upset over this, maybe I’m missing something? You will still be able to play as full Male/Female if you wish, and at the same time the option is there for those who don’t want to do that to customize further to get the character that they want – and that’s just the players that absolutely have to have an in-game character that matches their gender identity. What about the players that don’t care about that, but want to get in the tone of the future CDPR is painting before us, a future where… Read more »


The problem is it is not so much important how my character looks but how the world sees him/her (even if perhpas “wrong” copared to your “feelings”). And if you don’t give the game this information, the game won’t know. It could be based on a body-type but I doubt they will go in such lengths especially if a really crazy-free customization will be allowed. In the end we’ll end up in a “genderless”, boring world, basically indeed just robbing us of playing as either male or female. Surprise… If I look like a female/male and try to seduce _straight_… Read more »


This is silly. It’s like calling Christmas day off “Winter Holiday” off. Everybody knows which holiday it is when you don’t have to go to work December 25th. Everybody will know male and female genders are there in character creation with a blend of in between. But shhhh don’t say male or female. They must not be named!


This is foisting a most unwanted ideology on the consumer. I have homosexual friends, they know what gender they are, they are simply attracted to people of the same gender. They’re not trying to confuse the world by making up non-existent genders and forcing people to go along with a mental illness under threats of violence. It is borderline psychotic that CDPR would cater to this. I’m not buying this game unless there’s an official patch from the developer specifically designed for players who just want to be left alone by the postmodernists. The very philosophy that is responsible for… Read more »


That’s fine, no one will miss you and your 1950’s era take on gender dysphoria. The fact that you’re confusing homosexuality and transgender/nonbinaryism makes it obvious that you’re quite ignorant. Maybe if you actually took ten minutes one day to do a little googling (on Wikipedia, not Brietbart), you might find that things aren’t quite as black-and-white as you’d prefer to think. Even on a physical level, gender is far more of a continuum than a binary switch. I mean, nothing in this game is FORCING you to play as anything but the stupidly macho man’s man I’m sure you… Read more »


This Jonkers thing sound like neo marxism ideologist…


I thought CDPR was our last hope for AAA games that aren’t pandering to identitarian nonsense.


And this affects you how? Is the game going to force you to play as any particular gender, or lack thereof? No? Then there’s absolutely no reason for you to be whining about CPDR allowing people who are different from you to feel represented in their game.

Sinkable John

Clickbait headline says the opposite of the actual info, NB folks get thrown under the bus in the process, comments section is a toxic cesspool as a result. Yeah I can tell this was written by an “amateur philosopher”.


why not give people the choice of to be identified as male or female and as 3 option for those that want a non gender option everybody is happy then


Jesus christ, am I the only one who realizes that that’s exactly what they’re doing? Yeah, you don’t immediately pick between “male” and “female” before you start, but the end result can be a man’s man, a lady’s lady, or anything in between.

Paul Pazsak

I hope they get a HUGE PUSH BACK. This is f***ing bullshit. Cdprokect don’t pander too wannabe fascists that try and push there ideologies. How about make character creation with male, female, and unknown. Don’t TAKE away genders. There are males and females in this world and that’s a fact.. Why the hell are you doing this? Don’t be surprised when people cancel there pre orders. Great job and congrats!!! You will lose dozens


This is ridiculous. Why are they taking away the option to play as a male or female to appeal to a tiny, microscopic fringe group of people on twitter who don’t feel like identifying as the gender that every single cell in their body says they are? I, like most of their customers, wanted to play as a guy. Now the only option is to play as a “non-gendered-identifying person with a male body type”, purely to appease a group of people who make up 0.01% of the population, and 0.0001% of their playerbase. Just stop. If you give them… Read more »

Cory Jones

if you ask me these are just a bunch of Freaks who stay on Twitter all-day complaining about anything


u can still play as a male or female, they just dont call it that. friggin millennial complain about every minute little detail, this is actually more options than limiting to just male or female.


You can literally still play as male or female. No idea how on Earth this fact has been lost on the small minded people. It’s hardly brain surgery. You have the option of a male or female voice. If you pick male voice, you are a male. A female voice, and you are female. There are no other options. No gender fluid. No transgender. Nothing. The game doesn’t acknowledge what the character’s body is like, only what their gender is – and THERE ARE STILL ONLY 2 GENDERS in CYBPERPUNK 2077, YOU CHOOSE THEM BY SELECTING WHICH VOICE YOU WANT.… Read more »

Cory Jones

No one cares about this why can’t I just play as a male character? most people who play video games are Male adding this is ***t is just not needed and I don’t think the people who are complaining about “Gender” weren’t going to buy the game in the first place. so pandering to these people are giving me a reason to not support CD Project I play games just to have fun…not for this shit.


To go through your post in order of stupidity: 1. You can play as a male character. You just pick the male body with a male voice, and guess what!? You’ve got a MALE! 2. Just because 54% of gamers are male does not mean CPDR should completely ignore the other 46% of the gaming market. The days of gaming being 95% male have been over for a while now, buddy. Try to keep up. 3. You quite obviously don’t know crap about these people, their plans, their gaming habits, or their preorders, so you’re not exactly qualified to be… Read more »


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