Cyberpunk 2077 has a lot of reduced content, and some fans have been hard at work digging up all sorts of stuff since the game’s release last month. There are still a lot of scrapped missions, areas, and things hidden in the code of the game, but it’s the cut romance choices that really got people talking.
CD Projekt Red had said before the release that players should look forward to a variety of experiences, from one-night stands to full-blown romance. The Cyberpunk 2077 we got, sadly, just offers a very small range of options.
There are only two prostitutes you can employ in all of Night City – both of whom are introduced to you in an awkwardly short cutscene – and the four main love interests of the game are tied to your main character’s gender. You’ll only have one main character to fall in love with per playthrough, depending on the V you make at the beginning of the game and her sexual orientation.
But as with many aspects in Cyberpunk 2077, this part of the experience originally had much more to it.
As noted on Reddit, the truncated romantic material on the PC can be restored by a relatively easy update to the game’s files. Judy, for instance, can only be romanced if V is female in the unabridged version of the release, but if you’re playing a male character, it’s entirely possible to get with Judy with a bit of tweaking.
There’s always all the dialogue – it’s all unused.
For other characters, like River, the same goes.
Again, River was a choice for a gay male romance at some point during development, according to the fully-dubbed dialogue still present in the game’s archives, but for whatever reason, that scenario was cut out like the rest.
Obviously, cutting content is nothing new when it comes to game production, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that before its release, Cyberpunk 2077 had to be cut significantly. We still have hope that, after an immensely disappointing start, CD Projekt Red will be able to get this game back on track, but it will take some time.