The developer team behind the highly anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077 will not be bowing to American media pressure to shoehorn in pro-Black Lives Matter and George Floyd-related themes, the game’s lead quest designer revealed in an interview with Polish website Spider’s Web.
In the interview, which took place in the aftermath of race riots and political violence that ravaged cities throughout the continental United States, CD Projekt RED Lead Quest Designer Paweł Sasko stated that the game is “a closed work and it is not a political statement, a political thesis.”
When asked, “Have you had to change any content in the game, including in quests, influenced by recent events in the US and the Black Lives Matter movement?” Sasko replied, “The important point is that we already have the game recorded at this stage, actually for a long time. This is the last stage in which we do not change anything in the story we are telling, add nothing, remove nothing. These events, as you yourself have noticed, took place very recently.”
“It is difficult for me to imagine the events that would have to happen for us to suddenly find that we are changing or moving something in order not to touch any specific elements,” Sasko continued, adding, “For me, the most important thing is that our game is a closed work and it is not a political statement, a political thesis.”
Video game studios have come under increased pressure to make political statements that are friendly to Black Lives Matter in recent weeks.
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s recent Season 4 update, developer Infinity Ward removed the “okay” hand gesture and renamed a Border Patrol-themed character skin.
Epic Games engaged in a disastrous political stunt on July 4 where a Black Lives Matter race issues panel was livestreamed on giant projection screens in every game server. The Black Lives Matter activists’ on-screen faces were promptly pelted with infinite tomatoes from nearby vending machines.
Fortnite also removed police cars from the game in solidarity with those mourning George Floyd.