Religion, possibly the most prickly subject on the planet today thanks to how incredibly divisive it can be. I’m not one for it as I favour a more agnostic lifestyle, but to me, I reckon faith can be a wonderful thing if your belief of choice motivates you to be a better and more caring person without needing to force your philosophy on others. After all, what’s the point of religion if you’re forced into it instead of choosing to believe in something?
That being said, I don’t think the future is going to have a lot of room for traditional beliefs. Fame is the new god, social media likes are the scripture of tomorrow and the internet is the modern-day house of worship. So how will secular technology impact on religion in the future within games such as Cyberpunk 2077?
That’s the question that developer CD Projekt Red was quizzed on recently by Polish website Gry WP via the NeoGAF message board, and after a little mistranslation seemed to indicate that Cyberpunk 2077 had a somewhat abrasive approach to the topic, CDPR set the record straight on the matter. “As I mentioned, our vision is somehow based on the real world. And religion is a very important part of the latter, society-wise. In our game we’re going to see for example Christianity and its different branches, or religions from the East,” quest director Meteusz Tomaskiewicz said to IGN.
We do not want to avoid religion as a topic, authenticity of the world is what counts for us. Technically, the situation you mentioned is possible, but this is all about the choices made by the player. We won’t encourage the player to do so. In our quests which involve religious themes, we make sure there’s no disrespect.
So there you have it. No mention of a religious faction of anarchist Amish roaming Night City and building bionic barns within which to imprison random augmented humans. Religion will still have a presence within Cyberpunk 2077, but don’t expect to be tangling with street gangs such as the militant wing of the Salvation Army, the Jehova’s Windows 98 or the Mormonoids so that CDPR can earn some edgy clicks in the process.
Last Updated: July 25, 2019