The Cyberpunk 2077 demo presented at E3 has been criticized by some sectors of the press and online commentators because of elements such as gang design and how they represent the source material.
Mike Pondsmith, creator of Cyberpunk 2020, appealed to Reddit to respond to critics.
First of all, he reassured his fans about the fact that he was heavily involved in creating the game. He also explained the concept behind the gang called "Animals" and congratulated him on that the Voodoo Boys (who in Cyberpunk 2020 had very little to do with the current Voodoo) have been replaced by real Voudon practitioners.
Finally, he voiced his dissatisfaction with those who criticized the game's portrayal by the IP of origin. You can read the full message below.
- If I was not very involved, I could do more. In the state, I have hardly a life.
- As far as animals are concerned, the point of departure is that they consider themselves as powerful, dangerous and wild animals. You would have thought that the lady named "Sasquatch" would have given them a clue.
- The original Voodoo Boys were a scathing commentary on cultural appropriation. I adore the idea that real Voudon practitioners have settled and have resumed their territory. And they even had the Creole right!
- Who do you think (beep) that you need to tell me if MY creation was done correctly or not?
For the moment, the demonstration was presented only in camera. If you want to learn some of what it presents, you can read how the creation of characters can affect the story, every way that V can kill someone and, if you prefer peaceful ways, how do you can play the whole game without killing anyone.
Fortunately, you do not have to wait too long to see the demo, as it will be publicly featured around PAX West.
You can also check out the trailer released a few days ago featuring many cutscenes and Keanu Reeves' participation in the cast, accompanied by a brief teaser game.
The Cyberpunk 2077 arrives on PS4, Xbox One and PC on April 16, 2020.