Cyberpunk 2077 has found it difficult to avoid controversy since its showing at E3 2019. Its most recent fracas involves an interview with the Polish news website Gry Online WP. In what would transpire to be a mistranslated comment, CD Projekt Red quest designer Meteusz Tomaskiewicz was believed to say on the subject of religion, that Cyberpunk 2077 “will not avoid any subject, even if they may offend the sensitivity of some.”
Thanks to an independent translation from IGN and a corroborated translation from CDPR themselves, a more acculturate version of the interview has been found. CDPR hasn’t spoken much about religious elements playing a part in the main story of Cyberpunk 2077. The corrected English translation from the interview in question can be found below.
Gry Online WP: You mentioned religion. Does it still exist in the Cyberpunk world?
CD Projekt Red: Yes, and in many forms. As I mentioned, our vision is somehow based on the real world. And religion is a very important part of the latter, society-wise. In our game we’re going to see for example Christianity and its different branches, or religions from the East.
Gry Online WP: Sounds controversial. Someone will enter a church to cause havoc.
CD Projekt Red: We do not want to avoid religion as a topic, authenticity of the world is what counts for us. Technically, the situation you mentioned is possible, but this is all about the choices made by the player. We won’t encourage the player to do so. In our quests, which involve religious themes, we make sure there’s no disrespect.
With cultural & political sensitivity becoming a hot topic in the gaming industry, simple translation mistakes like this can have a detrimental impact on developers & the games they create. CDPR has also had to deal with accusations of transphobia in the past. Thankfully, this issue has been cleared, but can Cyberpunk 2077 avoid more controversy before its release next April? Let’s hope so. Regardless, I’m very excited to get my hands on this game.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available to pre-order for PS4, Xbox One & PC.