Developer CD Projekt Red isn’t a stranger to including sexy stuff in its games, and its upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 will most likely follow suit, especially when it comes to dating NPCs. This time, however, it seems like the Witcher developer is including full nudity for, um, very serious thematic reasons.
That’s according to game director Adam Badowski, who told Polygon that nudity in Cyberpunk 2077 will have a purpose beyond simply titillating its players.
“Nudity is important for us because of one reason,” Badowski told Polygon. “This is cyberpunk, so people augment their body. So the body is no longer sacrum [sacred]; it’s profanum [profane]. Because people modify everything, they are losing their connection to the body, to the meat. And that’s why we need to use the nudity in many situations.”
In other words, how we treat our own bodies and how that affects our senses of self will be a major theme in Cyberpunk 2077, and in order to fully explore those themes, CD Projekt Red needs to fully expose nudity in the game.
During a closed-doors demo at E3 2018, CD Projekt Red showed off a version of the character creator. While both the male and female versions of protagonist V were completely nude, their naughty bits were blurred out in order to avoid too much attention being paid to the nudity during the demo. However, in the full game, it sounds like the nudity will be on full display.
Body augmentation will play a significant role in Cyberpunk 2077, not only in the story but in the gameplay as well. The E3 2018 trailer showed off a ton of augments, seemingly both cosmetic (like the metallic woman strutting her stuff on the red carpet) and mechanical (like the one guy who shrugged off taking a bullet to the face). From what we’ve learned about the gameplay, it sounds like these augmentations will be tied to whatever skills players decide to upgrade.
Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t quite have a release window yet, but CD Projekt Red is at least targeting a launch for the current generation of consoles.