The Cyberpunk 2077 studio has issued a revised version of the game's heroine character. In its latest vision of sci-fi chic, dyed hair, piercings and flight jackets are still in, but eye shadow is passé for the archetypal cyborg mercenary.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, game studio CD Projekt Red took the opportunity to reveal the second side of its reversible cover art for Cyberpunk 2077, finalising an updated look for its default female heroine.
Cyberpunk 2077 has featured a male version of its lead character, V, in much of its publicity material to date.
That could change now, if only for a short while, with an updated look for the game's female V.
Changes to an earlier version are minor, a refinement of CD Projekt's vision as the game's September 2020 release date draws gradually closer.
Its initial female avatar had shoulder-length, dark brown hair shaved on the left side, whose decorative tramline echoed the cheek-to-temple scar left by optic implants.
Those details have been adjusted to show dyed red hair swept right to left, four ear piercings and a lip ring.
Other similarities between the male and female V are now better emphasised, not least through a shared stance and furrowing of the brow.
V's forearms are now replaced with cyborg equivalents that cover metal innards, alloy knuckles perforating synthetic skin where hand and finger meet.
Likewise, as with the more widely recognized male V, an enhancement-related scar traces its deeper, plunging arc from eye around cheek and over ear.
Both wear an olive flight jacket, with high collar housing a glowing cyan ribbon, now adorned with a red mushroom cloud pin and a textile badge with stars and stripes motif on the left arm – an early female V had a stars and stripes pin and lavender pink badge.
And both wear a grey and yellow T-shirt design sold through the game's official website as "V's Favorite T-Shirt".
Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt Red's first game, since its 2002 founding, to depart from the medieval fantasy setting of The Witcher.
Based on Andrzej Sapkowski's novels and short stories, The Witcher expanded into a trilogy plus various spin-offs; Netflix's 2019 television series was based on the same Sapkowski collection, with lead actor Henry Cavill a fan of the games.
The Polish studio is again looking to pre-existing material to inspire its work, this time the tabletop role-playing franchise Cyberpunk, which debuted in 1998 and has since seen four major revisions – five including Cyberpunk Red, produced with one eye on the well-anticipated video game itself.
CD Projekt Red has previously been criticised for exploitative portrayals of women in The Witcher series as well as in pre-release material for Cyberpunk 2077. – AFP Relaxnews