There’s good news and bad news on the Cyberpunk 2077 front. The good news is that a photo mode, which was previously mentioned as an afterthought, is now being “seriously” considered, according to quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz. The bad news, though, is that the photo mode may possibly be in first-person instead of third-person perspective.
Unlike the Witcher franchise, Cyberpunk 2077 switches between first- and third-person perspectives, or at least that was the case in the beginning. Earlier today, CD Projekt Red announced that the entire game is being converted to first-person perspective. This means that the cut-scenes, which were previously third-person, will now be first-person as well. Remember the elevator scene from the first gameplay demonstration?
You’ll be exiting the doors without any cut-scenes to show V and Jackie Welles. Also, the first-person conversion covers the sex scenes as well. You can go figure just how intense they will be now, but CD Projekt Red believes that ditching third-person was extremely necessary to have better immersion in Cyberpunk 2077.
It’s understandable why there’s a bit of a backlash right now. You need to see your character in a role-playing game. It’s a staple part of the experience. Without any third-person camera angles, or even multiplayer for that matter, there’s no way to see V in new attires or such after the new changes. You’ll only be able to see your character in the inventory screen, when getting into vehicles, or in mirrors — unless those end up being fogged.
There was hope that the Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode would be helpful in this regard, especially after being confirmed to be in the works. However, based on a forum user, who actually discussed the Cyberpunk 2077 photo mode with community manager Lilayah a couple of months back, there’s a possibility that you’ll be capturing your scenes in first-person. There’s no word on how exactly this will work but the developer vaguely suggested that the mode won’t “necessarily” be third-person.
Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be attracting unwanted attention the closer it approaches release. Prior to the first-person changes, CD Projekt Red revealed that the game won’t let you choose a gender. You previously received a prompt between male and female when creating a character. That has now been removed. You’ll still have access to one of two voices and body types. However, without any male or female tag, you’ll be free to create whatever physical representation you want without any implicit assumptions.
As such, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t shy away from controversial topics. In terms of storytelling, there won’t be any compromise on delivering Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith’s vision. The narrative has a ton of content that’s prone to starting arguments and debates, including political ones. There’s plenty of mature content as well.
If anything, CD Projekt Red seems to be tripping its way towards the release. This new bit about enforced first-person perspectives is not comforting. The whole thing suggests that the developer has begun cutting corners. Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2019. Let’s hope there are no more such surprises in the coming months.