Details are scant but what we do know looks promising.
If you’re a gamer or a fan of the tech-noir science-fiction genre of cyberpunk, then you’re no doubt excited about the upcoming release of Cyberpunk 2077.
While not a lot of is known about the game, including when it will be released, gamers are not the only folks waiting for its launch. People interested in seeing unique depictions of future sexuality are also anticipating its arrival to the market.
After Cyberpunk 2020 comes Cyberpunk 2077
Being developed by CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind the extremely well received Witcher games, Cyberpunk 2077 is a sequel to the classic tabletop RPG (Role Playing Game) Cyberpunk 2020, created by Mike Pondsmith—who is also actively involved in the current production.
To say that CD Projekt Red is playing its cards close to its chest about Cyberpunk 2077 would be an understatement. While those following the game industry have known of its development since 2012, it wasn’t until the release of a cinematic game trailer in 2013 that many had an inkling of what the game could actually be about.
Set to the song Bullets by Archive, the trailer plays with the audience’s expectations by first showing a heavily-armed combat team attacking a woman—only to reveal that she is cybernetically enhanced and perhaps not as innocent as we were first lead to believe.
The trailer concludes with another subversion: showing that the scene was the woman’s memory and that she has become a member of the same combat team.
This year at E3 a second trailer was released—and even though it didn’t feature actual gameplay it was, at least, created using the game’s own engine.
It was this trailer that caused the biggest surge of interest, as began to show the immense and detailed Night City—the bustling environment players would find themselves in.
A first-person game?
More details have also emerged: the game will be open world, giving players a huge environment to explore; the main character “V” can be either female or male (depending on player choice); and, controversially, it would be a first-person game—though while there will be combat mechanics it will still be more of a RPG than a shooter.
For gamers, this is all very intriguing—and for fans of cyberpunk it could be the world of implants, augmentations, corporate mercenaries, and neon-lit streets they’ve been waiting for.
A range of orientations
But what about sex? Video games have had their share of it, with several titles exploring possibilities of erotic pleasure in the future. But most of them have taken a PG approach.
Here’s where Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be different: for one thing, “V” will be able to have sex with NPCs (Non-Player Characters) of either sex: making him or her gay, straight, or bisexual.
About their Witcher 3 game, quest designer Patrick Mills told Gameinformer: “With Geralt, you had a character whose sexuality was very well defined by the novels and the short stories and the previous games.”
But Cyberpunk 2077 will be very different, he continues: “But in this one, it’s up to you to decide. 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.”
Full frontal cybersex
While it more than likely won’t depict full-on sex, Cyberpunk 2077 will be rated M, meaning that players will be treated to full-frontal nudity.
A few lucky gaming journalists with access to a 50-minute session of the game itself have shared some juicy details. One of them, Wesley Yin-Poole, said that erotic encounters are a clear part of the gameplay:
Also there’s full frontal nudity and you can take people back to your apartment for a one night stand, if you fancy it
— Wesley Yin-Poole (@wyp100) June 12, 2018
Cyborgs and gnoids and more?
There’s also a possibility that players will be able to have other sci-fi sexual interactions. For example, the second trailer shows what appear to be gynoids, and—in one striking scene—a cyborg woman is shown literally putting her face on before going out.
We also know that “coolness” plays a role in how the “V” is treated by other characters in the game, so it’s fun to wonder if there might be a sexual component to leveling up this skill. Perhaps sex skills could be affected by the right kind of erotic augmentations or sexual enhancements?
This is still pretty much conjecture, and we won’t know more until the game is released. But until then “V” narrating the second trailer sums up the hopes of gamers, cyberpunks, and future sex aficionados rather well:
“In 2077 they voted my city the worst place to live in America. Main issues? Sky high rate of violence and more people living below the poverty line than anywhere else. Can’t deny it – it’s all true… but everybody still wants to live here. This city’s always got a promise for you Might be a lie, an illusion, but it’s there… just around the corner … and it keeps you going. It’s a city of dreams. And I’m a big dreamer…”
Image sources: Cyberpunk 2077