Character Creation in Cyberpunk 2077 refers to the customization process that enables players to create a unique protagonist for the game. Players will play Cyberpunk 2077 as V, a character with a set identity and overarching story, but may select from a variety of options, from aesthetics to backstory choices, to fully customize this character - and these initial selections will affect gameplay.
A full character creation and customization system in Cyberpunk 2077 allows players to create a character all their own. Players will be able to customize their version of V as much as they like, choosing gender, body type, skin color, hair color and style, adding varying facial attributes, and even picking tattoos and makeup.
Beyond the aesthetic, Cyberpunk 2077's Character Creator asks players to create V's backstory and decide on their previous life events. All players will begin the game as an up and coming mercenary in Night City, but what happened before then is up to the player. From decisions such as background and birth record to life events, such as 'ran away from home' or 'death of a sibling', every choice the player makes may affect how the game plays out, from Side Quests that become available to players with certain backstories, to appearances or life histories that cause NPCs to react to the player differently as they move through Night City.
Players will also choose their Class at this stage, selecting from between Netrunner, Techie and Solo. This choice may affect playstyles but the Class and Skill system has been designed to allow fluidity, permitting players to mix and match. What begins as a Techie build may, over time, evolve into more of a Netrunner build, and so on.
Character Creation in Cyberpunk 2077
Upon opening the Character Creator in Cyberpunk 2077, players will see a screen with five tabs: Birth Record, Background Check, Biometric Scan, Appearance and Biostats.
This tab of the Character Creator for Cyberpunk 2077 is the first that players come to as they begin creating their character. This tab allows players to choose the gender of their character.
The Background Check tab of the Character Creator for Cyberpunk 2077 allows players to customize many areas of their character's identity. Both a first and last name may be chosen (although the character's alias, which will be used in dialog etc, will remain as V) as well as a date of birth, and the player can input data regarding their character's education, prior convictions, and other details about their character's history.
In this section players choose such details as their Childhood Hero(es) (the options for which are characters from the original 1988 tabletop game), Key Life Events (such as the death of a sibling, that they ran away from home, or their first big kill), and 'Why Night City' - the answer to why the character has chosen to move to or work in Night City. Some of the options for this last category are 'Unfinished Business', 'Ex-Lover in Town' and 'Something to Prove' and it's easy to see how this choice might affect gameplay and choices to come.
This tab of the Character Creator in Cyberpunk 2077 gives players the opportunity to customize the head and face of their character.
Players first pick a face preset, which can then be refined further by choosing from ten different options each for eye, nose, mouth, jaw and ear shapes, as well as adjustments for skin tone and eye colour, and options for hairstyles and color, scars and other options.
The Appearance tab of the Character Creator in Cyberpunk 2077 allows players to further customize their character using clothing, makeup and other accoutrements to express their playstyle and personality. Given the effects that things like a character's history can affect gameplay outcomes and options, it seems likely that a player's choices of clothes and outward appearance may also have an effect.
The Appearance tab offers four tabs within it: Style, Clothes, Makeup and Piercings. Within the Style options players can choose to add tattoos, including glowing 'Light Tattoos', in whatever colours they choose, Eye Mods, which may allow for eye colours which change depending on emotion, circumstance, temperature or other factors, Skin Mods, which permit changes in skin tone and colourr, Surface Wiring, which is exactly what it sounds - decorative wiring added at the skin's surface - and Bodily Scars, where players can choose to add scars to tell the story of their violent past.
The Biostats tab of the Character Creator in Cyberpunk 2077 is where players allocate their initial stat points. It appears that players start off with a total of 25 points to distribute between 6 Stats: Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech and Cool.
Strength is a measure of the character's ability to deal damage, while Constitution represents the character's damage resistance and fortitude. Intelligence represents the player's knowledge, hacking and netrunning abilities, while Reflexes govern the player's combat and driving skills and prowess. The Tech stat provides the character's skill with crafting and knowledge of various hardware, and Cool represents the character's willpower and interpersonal skills: how they present themselves to others, and how they are received.
- Both Biometric Scan and Appearance are branded as 'Last Known' in the Character Creator, which hints that the game may provide the opportunity to change appearance, or possibly other features of the character, mid-game. (Biosculpt?)