There was a Cyber­punk 2077 mod that allowed play­ers to swap mod­els and have sex with char­ac­ters with like­ness from real-world indi­vid­u­als, like Keanu Reeves. It has since been removed by CD Pro­jekt Red.

In a state­ment to Eurogamer, CD Pro­jekt Red said they pre­dom­i­nant­ly per­mit mod­ders to “tweak the game at will and have fun” when it comes to char­ac­ters the stu­dio has cre­at­ed for the game. How­ev­er, the com­pa­ny is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent stance on the char­ac­ters based on real people. 

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.”

If mod­ders want to use these like­ness­es, they should seek per­mis­sion from that per­son (or oth­er “con­cerned par­ties), or the mods will be tak­en down.

CD Pro­jekt Red fur­ther clar­i­fied this stance, telling Eurogamer “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.”

As pre­vi­ous­ly stat­ed, the mod for mod­el swap­ping is no longer avail­able and any future ver­sions of these types of mods will be removed. CD Pro­jekt Red has already begun releas­ing offi­cial mod­ding tools.

In oth­er news, Cyber­punk 2077 received a hot­fix yes­ter­day to fix a new game-break­ing bug. The game also had the biggest dig­i­tal launch of all time, even with all the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing it.