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.