John Mamais, head of CD Projekt RED’s Krakow Studio, gave an interview this month discussing the possibility of Australian censorship for Cyberpunk 2077. Speaking to OnMSFT.com, Mamais revealed how the team dealt with the depiction of drugs and sexual violence in Cyberpunk 2077.
“We’re not going to water it down but I don’t think there are any situations where you can take any real street-named drug and get a reward from it. And there definitely aren’t going to be any tasteless sexualized violence either.”
The Australian Classification Board states, “sexual violence is permitted only to the extent that they are ‘necessary to the narrative’ and ‘not exploitative’ or ‘not shown in detail’.”
Mamais explained that while “sexualized violence” might exist in the world of Cyberpunk 2077, “We’re not going to make a game where the player can do those kinds of things. It would be awful and tasteless.”
Games such as GTA San Andreas and Fallout 3 were originally banned in Australia before publishers submitted approved edits. When prompted about the possibility of Cyberpunk 2077 being banned in Australia, Mamais responded, “I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think we’re going to be okay here.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is set for release on September 17, 2020.