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Cyberpunk 2077 devs apologise for anti-Russian content in Phantom Liberty

Cyberpunk 2077 devs apologise for anti-Russian content in Phantom Liberty

Cyberpunk 2077's developers have apologised for anti-Russian content featured in new expansion Phantom Liberty.

With Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty out in the world, fans are diving back into Night City. However, some have noticed that anti-Russian voice lines have been added to the Ukrainian version of the game.

After the successful launch of Update 2.0 that saw a complete overhaul to the base game, Cyberpunk 2077’s first and only expansion, Phantom Liberty, is now live. Introducing Idris Elba as Solomon Reed who teams up with V to embark on a high-stakes mission to save the NUSA President, it is set to be a thrilling addition to the game. With a brand-new area known as Dogtown and a whole new story filled with espionage and intrigue, it’s no wonder fans are comparing its success to the much-loved The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine.

Check out the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty trailer below!

However, CD Projekt Red has already had to issue an apology after it was discovered the Ukrainian localisation team had sneakily added anti-Russian lines to the game’s Ukrainian version. Despite the studio previously aligning themselves with Ukraine in recent years, it has still made clear that it is not responsible for these political statements. As a result, it has taken to Telegram to issue an apology.

“The Ukrainian localisation of Cyberpunk 2077 contains several remarks that could offend some Russian players,” it read. “These remarks were not written by CD Projekt Red employees and do not represent our views. We are working to fix them and replace them in the next update. We apologise for this situation and are taking steps to ensure it does not happen again.”

An example of the anti-Russian additions spotted by Dexerto include, “Couldn’t all these a**holes bite it out in the Badlands,” being replaced with, “Couldn’t all this rusnia bite it out in the Badlands,” with ‘rusnia’ being a derogatory term for Russians - coined during the recent conflicts. Not only were some voice lines altered but some art was also added to the Ukrainian version of the game. This included graffiti of the Ukrainian coat of arms as well as a symbol depicting the Crimean Tatars sprayed over a map of Crimea.

However, with CD Projekt Red taking no responsibility for these changes, it won’t be long before they are removed from the game.

Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt Red

Topics: Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red