What do we know about Cyberpunk 2077 character creation?
During the 2018 demo, we got a quick peak of the character creation screen. You can customize hair, tattoos, and clothing. It doesn’t look like you can change your character’s bone structure, though—no deep menu of facial feature sliders here, unless that’s changed over the past couple years.
The recent hands-on previews revealed more: skin, hair, eye, ear, scar, and tattoo options, plus multiple nipple and penis types and five types of pubic hair.
At E3 2019, quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz explained to Gamasutra that Cyberpunk’s character creation won’t be limited by gender. “We have put a lot of thought into this. One of the things we want to do in the final game (which we couldn’t show in the demo yet, because as you mentioned it’s a work in progress) is to give the players as many options of customization in the beginning of the game as we can.”
You can also change your stats. There are basics like Strength and Intelligence, but also a ‘Cool’ stat that determines how well you handle stress, which affects weapon accuracy. The full list from what we saw in the demo: Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech, Cool. Notably, there are some important stats from the tabletop Cyberpunk not represented here, like Empathy.
You can also change your backstory, referred to as a Lifepath, choosing from Nomad, Corpo or Street Kid, which each have their own origin story and starting location in the world. Each Lifepath unlocks unique dialogue options that can alter how quests play out, so it’s an important decision to make early on.
However you customize your character, you’re still one specific person: V. You’re a mercenary, and that’s most of what we know so far.