CD Projekt Red has been wrapped up in some controversy as of late. This train hasn’t stopped just yet as a developer talks about how Cyberpunk 2077 handles the theme of religion.
As they’ve stated before, Cyberpunk 2077 aims to be gritty and realistic. While the whole setting is fantasy, a lot of real-world themes are being translated into the game. This includes the theme of religion that CDPR firmly belive is needed for immersion.
“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.”
So while Cyberpunk 2077 itself won’t direct players to disrespect any religion, it’s a choice entirely up to you to make. This is obviously going to turn a lot of heads and blow a bunch of fuses everywhere. However, as part of the developer’s vision, it will be implemented.
Like most cases of controversy out there, the intent isn’t evil here. To Cyberpunk 2077, all they want is to capture a fancy reflection of the real world. In doing so, they intend to capture every sort of theme and aspect that they can.
Religion is a very important part of our world, as such, it can’t be excluded here. It plays a crucial role in shaping people and society overall. As such, expect to see real religions depicted in Cyberpunk 2077.
CD Projekt Red did make sure to clarify that they won’t ever intentionally cause any disrespect. They mentioned quests pertaining to religion being present, but none of these quests will be disrespectful. That being said, a player is supposedly free to go shoot-up a church in their game.
It’s understandable why people are edgy about this. The amount of real world tragedies we’ve seen be caused by religious drives have induced a sense of controversy in even simulating that reality. It also further adds to the worldwide argument of gaming causing violence.