Cyberpunk 2077 ESRB Rating Details Its Explicit Character Creator

From customizable genitalia to steamy first-person scenes, Cyberpunk 2077 isn't holding back.

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Given CD Projekt Red's past works with The Witcher and its sequels, it should come as no surprise that the studio is continuing to push the limits of ratings boards with its latest game, Cyberpunk 2077.

The ESRB has released its rating of the upcoming cyberpunk RPG, granting it a "Mature" rating with a very descriptive breakdown. The blurb mentions the game's in-depth character creator which, aside from letting you define the standard anatomical attributes, lets you go as far as determining the definition of your character's genitalia. The rating continues by detailing several scenes with strong sexual content, all of which will be in a first-person view.

The rating also mentions several scenes in the game depicting excessive violence, including one instance where "players assist a character by hammering nails through his hands and feet." There are also notes on numerous fictitious drugs and alcoholic drinks that are available for purchase in the game, all of which will induce some effect on your character. You can read the full ERSB rating excerpt below.

CD Projekt Red is confident that Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on September 27 despite the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, and are planning to show the game off in June during what would've been E3 week. Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and has already been confirmed for Xbox Series X as part of its Smart Delivery program.

Cyberpunk 2077 Rating Summary

This is a first-person RPG/shooter in which players assume the role of a mercenary named V trying to make their way through the open-world of Night City. Players can explore futuristic locations, interact with citizens, perform missions, and engage in combat to complete various objectives within a storyline. Characters use handguns, machine guns, rifles, and explosives during frenetic firefights with humans and cybernetically enhanced enemies; players can also use melee weapons (e.g., wrist-mounted blades, enhanced limbs) to stab enemies and, in some cases, dismember them. Combat is frenetic, with frequent gunfire, cries of pain, explosions, and blood-splatter effects. Some locations depict mutilated corpses with open chest cavities and/or exposed organs/entrails. During one quest, players assist a character by hammering nails through his hands and feet; screaming sounds and blood effects accompany the scene. The game contains nudity and sexual material: Players can select a gender and customize their character; customization can include depictions of breasts, buttocks, and genitalia, as well as various sizes and combinations of genitals. Players can encounter events where they have the option to engage in sexual activities with other main characters or prostitutes—these brief sex scenes (from a first-person perspective) depict partially nude characters moaning suggestively while moving through various positions. Some scenes contain brief depictions of thrusting motions; other scenes depict a character's head moving towards a partner's crotch. The game contains frequent depictions and references to fictional drugs, including characters taking puffs/hits from a state-altering inhaler/stimulant; an animated billboard ad depicts a man snorting speed. Some sequences allow the player to drink alcoholic beverages repeatedly until the screen distorts; player's character can also drive cars while drunk. The words “f**k” and "c*nt" appear in the dialogue.

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Wait until it comes out and you can make trans characters. People will lose their minds and boycott it.

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merely ensures that everyone will create a character with a huge epeen.

/eyeroll

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This reminded me of Ride to Hell: Retribution so I looked up the ESRB description for it:

During the course of the game, defeated enemies sometimes leave cash and small bags of drugs behind; players are permitted to sell the drugs to dealers for cash; the dialogue also references drugs (e.g., “I know my weed from my weed” and “I'll set you up with . . . dope.”). A handful of cutscenes depict fully clothed characters engaging in sexual acts; in one sequence, two women perform fellatio on the central character—the camera cuts away from the act. The game also includes a strip-club setting in which a topless pole dancer appears ("pasties" cover her nipples). The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*cksucker” can be heard in dialogue.

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Stop stop you had me at defined genatelia

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They say **** and **** in the dialogue?! I was all okay with the game until that.

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@sbargovox3: I know right!?!? think of the children who will be overhearing the game being played

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@sbargovox3: the game is aimed at mature audiences what did you expect cute bunnies and maybe the teletubbies?

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@locke90: Whoosh. If you can't detect such an obvious joke maybe you're not quite mature enough.

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@ender003: wether they were joking or not it is difficult to convey that via text.

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@locke90: ;)

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Whoa.

I just hope that CDPR doesn't mistake shock for mature storytelling. I felt like Game of Thrones got too bogged down in trying to be SO gasp inducing that it lost its story sometimes. CDPR is so good at storytelling that I hope they use all this stuff to enhance the stories they tell. It's always a temptation when you push the envelope to push it for the sake of pushing it. That would be a waste of CDPR's talents. I'm hardly a pearl clutching shrinking violet; I have no problem with "shocking." But shock for shock's sake does not a good game (or movie, or TV show) make.

Stay true to what got you to the top, CDPR. Please.

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@olddadgamer: I thought the first season of Altered Carbon handled nudity & violence well. In a world where bodies are disposable commodities, it makes sense that people would dehumanise others & even risk harm to their own bodies more willingly. The violence & nudity actually tied into key themes of the show & it would have been a detriment if they cut away from violent actions, or gave naked people the Austin Powers treatment.

I'm hoping Cyberpunk 2077 does the same kind of thing for the most part. Although, let's not forget The Witcher's history here either.

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@bbq_R0ADK1LL: Amen, dude. Shocking things can make for good storytelling.

Yeah...the Wither sometimes did go down the gratuitous route. That said, the collector cards and gratuitous prostitutes never got in the way of the storytelling. They were there, sure, but they weren't in the main stream of the narrative. Granted, this is just an ESRB statement, but if you're putting nudity in the character creation screen, then it doesn't sound like the M is going to be from avoidable, optional prostitutes. If they're going to put the shock front and center, do it right.

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Sounds like the first RPG where I can go full futanari.

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