In a somewhat unavoidable outcome, CDPR has quickly closed a new Cyberpunk 2077 mod that allowed players to have sex with Keanu Reeves, perhaps halfway.
Created by a Catmino and hosted on Nexus mods, it essentially allowed players to manually swap character skin textures on other models, and Johnny Silverhand is one of the skins that can be shuffled this way: specifically, on a sexbot called a joytoy.
Johnny Silverhand has some racy scenes in the game, but these are viewed from the player’s perspective. The mod creates a pretty bad approximation of having sex with Keanu, to be honest, because the character remains dressed and does not have Keanu’s voice (retains Joytoy’s voice lines). I mean, I haven’t had sex with Mr. Reeves, so I don’t know, but I guess at some point he takes off his pants.
The mod was discovered by Eurogamer earlier today and, shortly after the publication of that story, it was removed from the nexus mods with the following explanation: “Clearing things up with CDPR.”
PCG contacted CDPR to ask what was happening and received the following statement: “Our most important rule regarding user generated content, particularly game mods, is that it cannot be harmful to others. In the case of model changes, 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 ”. Understandably, CDPR doesn’t want to damage his relationship with Reeves, as his character could return in DLC or other ways.
The video below shows the mod in action – as it was removed, I was unable to install it myself to test it.
It’s worth noting that Keanu Reeves is the game’s biggest celebrity, but he’s far from the only one. The Catmino mod was rudimentary because it is one of the first to focus on this area, if not the first, and it is a fair assumption that things would only get better in terms of allowing players to do so with, say, Hideo Kojima. .
CDPR’s statement continues: “Therefore, when creating fan content, creators must ensure that they have the permission of all interested parties (which may be people other than CD PROJEKT RED). For the characters that we have invented for the game, In general, we allow you to modify the game at will and just have fun. When it comes to models of real people that we have asked to participate in the game, we ask that you refrain from using them in any situation that you may encounter. offensive if you don’t have your explicit permission. “
CDPR ends by pointing out to modders the game’s license agreement and fan content guidelines.
There are certainly some interesting ethical questions about modding like this. I mean, passing out for Keanu Reeves is one thing, but slapping a virtual sex robot in the face seems a bit of a stretch and, if something like that bothered him, personally offensive. On the other hand, he’s a textured character model, not Keanu Reeves, and a relatively hacked setting like this seems like it may come more from a place of experimentation for fun and pleasure than from a desire to be mischievous. After all, this is what modders do (and in this case, what some of the viewers said they wanted). It could also easily fall into the category of “the pandemic seems to have made gamers thirstier than ever” (see, for example, Lust for Lady Dimitrescu).
There is a lot to chew on. I guess the only thing left to say is (a) the internet is weird, especially right now, and (b) whatever they think of this exact mod, they are great with each other.