Fans have recently unearthed cut romance options in Cyberpunk 2077, and are restoring them by activating just one line of code in the PC version of the game.
However, CD Projekt Red confirmed in a statement to Eurogamer (opens in new tab) that this isn't cut content, but is simply lines of dialogue recorded in case the developer's plans for their characters changed. A spokesperson said: "It was simply more convenient and easier for our localisation team from a production point of view to record all lines with both voices, so we could avoid missing something by mistake that would require future recordings."
They also reiterated that no male romance option for Judy had been axed: "Judy was always only a female V romance partner and that was the artistic vision from the start, there was no male romance option cut from the game."
Players recently discovered that by changing the game's code slightly, it was possible for a male V to romance Judy, whereas in Cyberpunk 2077, the NPCs you are able to romance should be restricted by playable character V’s gender.
For example - as detailed in our Cyberpunk 2077 romance options - only players who have customised their V to have a feminine body type and voice tone are able to romance characters such as Judy or River, and likewise, only players who customised their V with a male body type and voice tone are able to romance the likes of Panam and Kerry.
As shared on Reddit (opens in new tab) and disclosed in this video tutorial (opens in new tab) (which contains a NSFW scene) by adding just one line of code and downloading the recommended Cyber Engine Tweaks mod - details of which can be found in our best Cyberpunk 2077 mods - players are then able to romance Judy as male V.
There's also evidence that CD Projekt Red had intended to do this with River as well. Dataminers (opens in new tab) also found traces of River’s alternate voice lines hiding in the code.
Still, if you fancy expanding V's relationships options, you might also want to see what else the Cyberpunk 2077 modding scene has been up to recently, with a third-person camera option mod also coming to light earlier this week.
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