Cyberpunk 2077 has a lot of cut content, and since the game’s release last month, some fans have been hard at work digging up all kinds of stuff. Loads of scrapped missions, locations, and items are all still buried in the game’s code, but it’s the cut romance options that have really got people talking.
Prior to launch, CD Projekt Red had said that players could look forward to a range of relationships, from one night stands to full-blown romance. Sadly, the Cyberpunk 2077 that we got features a very limited number of options. There are just two prostitutes to hire in the whole of Night City — both of whom present you with an awkwardly short cinematic — and the game’s four main romantic interests are locked to the sex of your main character. Depending on the V that you create at the start of the game and their sexual preference, you’re stuck with just one key character to romance per playthrough.
But as with a lot of things in Cyberpunk 2077, there was originally much more to this part of the experience. As noted on Reddit, one relatively simple modification to the game’s files can restore cut romantic content on PC. Judy, for example, can only be romanced if V is female in the unedited version of the release, but with a bit of tweaking, it’s perfectly possible to hook up with Judy if you’re playing a male character. All of the dialogue is still there — it’s just unused.
The same is true of other characters, like River. Again, according to fully voiced dialogue still present in the game’s files, River was a gay male romance option at some point during development, but for whatever reason, that scenario was cut just like the rest.
Cut content is obviously nothing new when it comes to game development, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that Cyberpunk 2077 had to be trimmed down significantly before its release. We’re still holding out hope that CD Projekt Red can get this game back on track after an immensely disappointing launch, but it’s going to take some time.