Patrick Mills, the quest designer for Cyberpunk 2077, says that players can expect the game to feature some kind of political commentary.
“Cyberpunk 2077 is a game about people with power at the top and people at the bottom with none,” said Mills in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine (as reported on by PC Gamer). “That power can come from money, hierarchies, technology, and violence. The original Cyberpunk 2020 setting, like the setting of The Witcher stories, was a complex critique of the author’s world, and we don’t shy away from that in our games. On the contrary, I think it’s one of the things that sets us apart […] Cyberpunk is an inherently political genre and it’s an inherently political franchise.”
One of the most important things to take away from Mills statement is that it sounds like the team isn’t necessarily going out of their way to make statements based on current political events and are instead staying true to the roots of the genre by implementing general social commentary into the experience.
For those who don’t know, the cyberpunk genre was born from the New Wave science fiction movement of the ’60s. Authors were trying to use the sci-fi genre to comment on a rapidly changing world and were increasingly disinterested in utilizing the common idea of a happy sci-fi future. Cyberpunk, and the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, eventually emerged from that idea.
That’s not to say that Cyberpunk won’t feature more specific pieces of commentary, but rather that it sounds like the Cyberpunk team aren’t willing to avoid the inherently political nature of the Cyberpunk concept in order to avoid some potential controversy.
Speaking of controversy, Mills also explained that the game’s somewhat controversial first-person perspective was implemented in order to enhance the immersive nature of the experience and create something that felt distinct from The Witcher 3.
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