When dealing with a cyberpunk future where the limits of what our bodies can do are endless, it's hard to apply rules and norms from our time. Knowing this, it only feels fitting that in Cyberpunk 2077 the concept of hard genders for the character creator has been augmented.
The new version of the character creator will allow players to choose body and voice types without assigning a gender to the character. Seeing as how the screenshots we saw last year showed specific gender choices, this is a win-win in that it creates a more inclusive game that also feels like a better fit for the world. No word yet on how this change will be handled with in-game dialogue but with your character named V it shouldn't be that hard to make interactions more gender-neutral. According to a Reddit post, the option for hard gender choices will still be available along with the option of a more fluid character.
Speaking on the choice to Metro, Marthe Jonkers, senior concept artist for the game said:
"So you choose your body type and we have two voices, one that’s male sounding, one is female sounding. You can mix and match. You can just connect them any way you want. And then we have a lot of extra skin tones and tattoos and hairstyles. So we really want to give people the freedom to make their own character and play the way they want to play."
The fluidity in character creation is apparently not just limited to gender and will also bleed into job classes, another sticking point in the last character creation screenshot we saw. In their interview with Metro, Jonkers stated that the game will have this "fluid class system" where you aren't limited in your choices, which again feels more appropriate for the setting.
Cyberpunk 2077 will release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 16, next year.
Cyberpunk 2077 Interview [Metro News]