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Cyberpunk 2077's narrative will be "inherently political"

Published: 08:23, 31 July 2018
CD Projekt Red
Picture of a woman in a suit smoking a cigarette in Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077

In case someone didn't figure this one out yet, Cyberpunk 2077 will be filled with political narrative and the game will not shy away from it or social commentary in general, according to CD Projekt Red's quest designer, Patrick Mills.

People seem to be obsessed with politics in video games lately, nitpicking at The Division 2 simply because it bears the late Tom Clancy's name and now it seems like Cyberpunk 2077 got stuck in the crosshairs as well. While people from Ubisoft answered somewhat clumsily to questions about politics in their game, CD Projekt Red had none of it and simply said - yes, it will have politics in it.

Official Xbox Magazine's latest issue featured an interview with CD Projekt Red's quest designer Patrick Mills, talking about several topics, including "political themes or social commentary" in Cyberpunk 2077. 

Mills responded by saying that Cyberpunk 2077 is a game about two types of people - the ones with power at the top and the people at the bottom with none. The former's power came from money, hierarchies, technology and violence, so you can pick up the social commentary from get go.

Meanwhile, the work of Mike Pondsmith, creator of Cyberpunk universe, is "a complex critique of the author's world" and according to Mills, the company doesn't shy away from that in their games. It was true in The Witcher series and from what we've seen so far from somewhat scarce Cyberpunk 2077 promotional material, it will be true in the future as well.

He also added that "Cyberpunk is an inherently political genre and it's an inherently political franchise", owning up to the game's topics in the process. It remains to be seen whether this will garner mass critique or mass admiration, as the media these days seem to suddenly have something against political implications in video games.

CD Projekt Red A woman is looking at a giant bipedal mech as it approaches Cyberpunk 2077

Regardless of the results, it is kind of ridiculous to see someone trying to strangle creative freedom because of a developer's franchise choice. I mean, who wouldn't love to be a cyberpunk that occasionally sticks it to a politician or two?

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