As many of you have probably guessed, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to feature nudity. No surprise there, but this time around, it will serve more purpose in the game’s universe. Basically, CDPR wants to use nudity to underline one of the main themes of all cyberpunk: transhumanism. The idea is to ask you: how far can you augment yourself before you are no longer human.
CD Projekt Red is no stranger to nudity in their games. And, needless to say, they’re going to continue the trend with Cyberpunk 2077. In fact, it seems like they’re going to go a step further.They’re going with full nudity with Cyberpunk 2077, despite the fact they censored sensitive bits in their E3 demo. And they have a fairly decent explanation for why nudity is not only necessary, but crucial for the central themes of the game. Well, it’s a better explanation than Quiet breathing through her skin, albeit much less fun. Either way, you’d better believe that the game will be rated M.
In a recent interview with Polygon, game director Adam Badowski explained why they feel they need to put nudity in. Basically, one of the central themes of any cyberpunk story is transhumanism. To simplify, transhumanism is about augmentation of the body with technology to make humans better, faster, stronger, etc. So, the question that cyberpunk poses is: how far do we go with augmentations before we stop being human. And, CDPR is going to use nudity to drive the point home. As Badowski puts it: “This is cyberpunk, so people augment their body. So the body is no longer sacrum [sacred]; it’s profanum [profane]. Because people modify everything, they are losing their connection to the body, to the meat. And that’s why we need to use the nudity in many situations.”
He then explained further using an example from the demo, where the main character finds a woman that a gang has been harvesting for mechanical parts. He said: “You see that there are bodies in the tub, and you need to take care of this woman. But at the same time she is augmented. She is not clean. Maybe she is augmented too much. Maybe the humanity level is pretty low in her, so it’s an interesting topic. It’s one of the key themes in cyberpunk… Because where is sacrum and where is profanum in a world when you can simply modify yourself to such limits that it makes you a different kind of person?”