Cyberpunk 2077 dev pulls plug on mod that allowed players to *checks notes* bang Keanu Reeves

Luke Hardwick

3 years ago

Cyberpunk 2077 Johnny Silverhand

With CD Projekt Red opening the flood gates on mod creation for Cyberpunk 2077, it was, if I'm being entirely honest with myself, only a matter of time before somebody would find a way to provide dedicated players the game's real endgame - the ability to bang Keanu Reeves.

Mind you, it's not nearly as absurd as it might sound, being that Reeve's likeness and voice was used to create the fictional character Johnny Silverhand that interacts with the player throughout the game. Additionally, players are able - and one might say encouraged - to partake in casual intimate relations with various NPC's found within Night City. That said, while Reeve's character isn't technically available to the player to engage with, at least one modder managed to convincingly superimpose Silverhand's likeness onto an NPC that is.

However, this salacious revelation would be short-lived, because the mod has since been removed from circulation and can no longer be downloaded. According to the mod's creator, the decision to pull the plug the ability to plug Johnny Silverhand came directly from CD Projekt Red, which cited an admittedly sensible reason for why.

Our most important rule regarding user-generated content, game mods in particular, is that it can’t be harmful towards others. In the case of model swaps, especially those that involve explicit situations, it can be perceived as such by the people who lent us their appearance for the purpose of creating characters in Cyberpunk 2077.

Reads a statement issued to PC Gamer.

Therefore, when making fan content, creators have to make sure they’ve got permission from all the concerned parties (which might be people other than CD PROJEKT RED). For the characters we’ve invented for the game, we broadly permit you to tweak the game at will and just have fun. When it comes to models of real people whom we’ve asked to participate in the game, we kindly ask you to refrain from using them in any situation that might be found offensive if you don’t have their explicit permission.

So it isn't so much that CD Projekt Red disapproves of players doing the horizontal dance with whomever they please, it's just that doing so with a character that bears a real person's likeness and voice is crossing a line that the developers had surprisingly not previously considered to be encroach-able

Cyberpunk 2077

Release Date
Dec. 8, 2020
CD Projekt RED
CD Projekt RED