Cyberpunk 2077 developers apologize for anti-Russian voice lines in Ukrainian version of the game


published, 2023-09-26T01:27:01

Updates, 2023-09-26T01:27:15

CIt appears that yberpunk 2077’s Ukrainian localization team has caught some of the anti-Russian dialogue and imagery. CD Projekt Red has apologized to Russian players and is working to remove the content.

Cyberpunk 2077 is in the midst of a major revival with its 2.0 update and the launch of the Phantom Liberty expansion. The extensive changes that came with the update have been positively received by players, saying that it feels like a brand new game.

Along with progression changes and a brand new Relic skill, Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 added Ukrainian localization to the game. However, as initially reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the Ukrainian localization of the game includes modified dialogue and imagery that takes some jabs at the invasion of Russia.

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Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has taken to Telegram to apologize and provide clarification for the incident. While the developer has previously aligned itself with Ukraine amid the conflict, they are not taking ownership of this particular political statement.

cyberpunk 2077 anti-russian backlashTelegram: CD Project Red

CD Projekt Red quickly responded to the inclusion of anti-Russian rhetoric in Cyberpunk 2077.

The developers have clearly stated that “these comments were not written by CD PROJEKT RED employees” and do not represent the views of the company. It is implied that changes were made by a firm hired to localize the game and include images and dialogue.

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A line from NCPD that usually says, “Can’t all these a**holes cut it in the Badlands” was changed to “Can’t all these Russians cut it in the Badlands?” Rusnia is a derogatory term for Russians that was recently coined during the current conflict.

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Another change in the Ukrainian version of the game is an edit saying “Move yourself in the same direction as the ship did”. This is in reference to an incident in 2022 where a small force of Ukrainians asked Russian forces via radio to betray themselves.

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Along with dialogue, some anti-Russian images were added to the Ukrainian version of Cyberpunk 2077. Murals in the game include the Ukrainian coat of arms and a symbol representing the Crimean Tatars on a rough map of Crimea.

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The dispute over the annexation of Crimea is a major cause of the current conflict.

CD Projekt Red acknowledged that these inclusions may offend some Russian players of Cyberpunk 2077 and are making efforts to get rid of the content. “We’re working to fix them and replace them in the next update,” the company posted on Telegram.

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While CD Projekt Red had previously made it known that they support Ukraine by making monetary donations and blocking sales of their games in Russia and Belarus, it is likely that the more overt hostility of these inclusions prompted this reaction.

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