Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t out yet, but the Keanu Reeves-headlined action game has seen no shortage of controversy. Perhaps it’s due to the high profile of its creators, CD Projekt Red, who delivered one of the last decade’s best games, The Witcher 3, or perhaps it’s just the social environment it’s currently being developed in. Either way, a small portion of the gaming community is eager to manufacture outrage over the highly anticipated title.
In the wake of previous complaints that the game would be “heteronormative” in that it would only offer players with the choice of playing a male or female character, its developers have opted to include customizable genitals. The option would provide players with a greater range of options for character customization and be more inclusive to transgender gamers.
Cyberpunk 2077 is set decades into the future, so who cares if characters sport male or female body parts? While the option is not expected to have any bearing whatsoever on gameplay, it will allow players to fully immerse themselves in its weird and dystopian future setting.
Revelations that the game would offer customisable genitals came by the release of the ESRB’s ratings summary. The ESRB is the industry ratings board that designates if a game’s content is fit for consumption for players of all ages, teenagers, or adults.
"Players can select a gender and customise their character; customisation can include depictions of breasts, buttocks, and genitalia, as well as various sizes and combinations of genitals," reads the summary.
One would think that the inclusion of “ladybulges” would make most of the complainers happy—but it hasn’t. The self-indulgent, perpetually unhappy outrage brigade argue that its inclusion serves only to objectify transgender people.
On the ResetEra forums, a den of social justice scum and villainy, members met the news of the genitalia customisation options with apprehension and dismay.
“So their response to the backlash to not having trans/non-binary options is to let people go crazy with genitals?” Asked one participant.
“It’s awfully disconcerting how gleefully people here are discussing making their big tit big dick characters with zero regard for how that looks to trans people. And that’s to say nothing of the handful of futa stans,” wrote another.
“Futa” is the Japanese term for female erotic anime characters with penises.
Dozens of others complained that the inclusion of genital variation did little to forgive the studio’s previous transphobic transgressions.
Gamers don’t care about it either way, but this controversy should serve as proof that it’s impossible to pander to culture warriors who will continue to remain upset even after they get what they want.