Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red is celebrating International Women’s Day by showing off an updated depiction of the feminine version of the protagonist, V. The new art is also Cyberpunk 2077’s reversible box art.
CD Projekt Red shared the new look from the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account. V still looks like the hardened citizen of Night City we’ve seen in other trailers and screenshots, with a few key differences. This feminine version of V now has much brighter red hair, pierced ears, and some minor changes to her face. It appears some of the smokey eyeshadow is gone, and the lines in her face (we assume an indicator of some past bodily modification or repair) swoop a little lower on her cheeks now.
Here’s an older look, for reference.
The official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account confirmed in multiple tweets that this new image (the first on this page) will be the reverse box art cover, so you can decide whether you have a masculine or feminine V gracing your game.
Character customization will be a core part of Cyberpunk 2077, unlike the more set-in-stone Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Players will be able to change their V’s body type, clothes, hairstyle, tattoos, makeup, skin tone, and more. CD Projekt Red is also allowing players to choose a body type rather than a strictly defined gender, although the studio was criticized last year for a problematic depiction of a transgender person on an in-game poster in demo footage.
If you’re wondering what other characters you’ll meet in Cyberpunk 2077, the artist Grimes recently leaked her own character’s backstory.
Cyberpunk 2077 releases on September 17, 2020, thanks to a relatively recent delay. You can preorder the Cyberpunk special or regular editions with our helpful guide.
Don’t forget to check out our other International Women’s Day coverage, including a guest editorial from Ubisoft’s Alice Rendell on how burning out influenced her game developer career.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/definitely gonna play that fem V kinda guy for IGN.