Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was as much a lover as he was a fighter. Unfortunately for some, Geralt’s dating options were seriously limited by his well-established heterosexuality and long history of romantic interludes a couple of powerful sorceresses.
While Geralt’s romantic encounters were limited to sorceresses or female employees of Novigrad’s “finest” brothels, developer CD Projekt Red is letting players truly role-play in its next title, Cyberpunk 2077, by giving players a much wider range of options for whom they can romance.
The first major difference is, this time around, players can choose their character’s gender and background. Additionally, in Cyberpunk 2077, players will have way more options for who their characters’ fall in love with—or at least shack up with.
That’s according to quest designer Patrick Mills, who told Game Informer that players will be able to define “your own character here, which means defining their sexuality in any way you want…. We’ve got NPCs that are gay, we’ve got NPCs that are bi, we’ve got NPCs that are straight, because we want them to feel real and that they have preferences as well.”
That doesn’t mean you’ll have to fall in love with the first NPC that gives you some attention. Players will have the option to create deeper, meaningful relationships between their characters and NPCs, but they can also basically have digital one-night stands.
“We’re aiming for big, complicated relationships that continue over the course of the game, but also casual encounters that don’t matter that much.”
This should also put at ease players who may have been turned off by the idea that Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person shooter RPG. Clearly, CD Projekt Red doesn’t plan on skimping on the RPG elements of its game, which from all accounts is coming along quite nicely. It’s clear that the developer is still intent on giving players an immersive, story-driven experience. Just how normal shooter RPG conventions like color-coded gear rarities play into that vision is yet to be seen.
Cyberpunk 2077 is in development for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.