Everything happened after GameSpot tweeted an image from the making of the first teaser trailer of CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077. Developer The Chinese Room replied with its official twitter account commenting on the image and implying that the game appears to be “just as sexist” as The Witcher.
It’s hard to find a balanced way to comment on this: as a fan of both studios, I can only define myself extremely disappointed. We live in an era in which we are granted the chance to play incredible games, many of which will remain with us for our whole lives as some of our dearest memories, but we also witness the industry shaking under the dead weight of political agendas that push our favorite developers at each other’s throats like this: it’s certainly a sad show.
Like many Japanese and Asian developers, CD Projekt RED is another example of a developer born from a very different culture compared to the western one that is currently commercially dominant — that of Eastern Europe — and personally I can only be thankful to see an example of such diversity raising to worldwide acclaim among both critics and fans.
This diversity in development culture and view of storytelling is something that we should embrace, instead of meeting it with hostility.