Gameplay previews of the opening hours of Cyberpunk 2077 went live today, and it sounds like it's a pretty massive RPG. Alongside exploring the ways that origins and decisions ripple out through just the prologue, we also got an idea of just how much you'll be able to customize the protagonist, V. Turns out, it's a lot.
CD Projekt Red's previous massive RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, did let players customize Geralt of Rivia a little bit through hairstyles and clothing options. V, meanwhile, seems like an exponentially more malleable lead; their appearance is customizable down to fingernails, teeth, blemishes, and uh, nether regions. Kotaku AU took a tally of all the choices that can be made:
"6 skin types, 35 hairstyles, 17 eyes, 8 eyebrows, 17 eyes, 17 mouths, 17 jaws, 17 ears, 8 bits of 'cyberware' (as well as no cyberware), 9 types of scars plus off, 6 types of tatts plus off, 11 piercings plus off, 5 types of teeth, 8 bits of eye makeup, 5 bits of lip makeup plus off, 3 blemishes, 3 types of nipples, 5 types of body tatts, 2 types of body scars, 2 dick types, 1 vagina option, dick size options, and 5 types of pubic hairs."
Yeah, you read that right. Five types of hairs-down-theres. Over at Polygon, they detail the decisions a bit more. The genitalia options are available regardless of what body type you choose, same with the speaking voice and any other number of options. It's a lot of freedom, especially for a first-person game, but it looks like there are moments where you'll still get to glimpse your in-game avatar.
Today's preview lift details playable versions of several scenes we've seen in the past from Cyberpunk 2077, including the spiderbot deal and the heist-gone-wrong from last year's E3 trailer. It caps off with another teaser for Johnny Silverhand, played by Keanu Reeves, who despite having a significant amount of dialogue doesn't really factor into the prologue of Cyberpunk 2077. I guess that gives us an indication of the scale CD Projekt Red's RPG is operating at.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently set for November 19, after another delay pushed back its intended September launch. It'll come to PC and current-gen consoles, and also be part of the next-gen upgrade systems for both PS5 and Xbox Series X when those launch this holiday season.