Cyberpunk 2077's creator Mike Pondsmith has responded to criticism fans had of the game regarding allegations of racist stereotypes. Pondsmith stated that he couldn't be involved any further because "he barely has enough of a life as it is," expressing a high degree of frustration towards the game's critics.
The original interview with Mike Pondsmith on YouTube was a passionate talk between Pondsmith and a host from PlayStation Access. Pondsmith talked about how lucky he was to have a team that loved the source material as much as he did. "We got people who were fans, really fans," he said.
The video then delved deep into Cyberpunk 2077's narrative structure and components. These components include branching paths and various conversation options depending on how you choose to play.
One commenter had a problem with "The Animals," a prominent street gang from the original Cyberpunk Tabletop RPG. The gang operates primarily in the slums and is composed of people of color. The commenter took to the forums under a piece by Rock-Paper-Shotgun which insinuated that Cyberpunk 2077 is offensive.
The article by Matt Cox says that the shooting looks limp and the game has "blemishes" on its face. Cox stated his concern of the implied stereotype. Rock-Paper-Shotgun eventually closed the comments section when the response wasn't to their liking.
In response to the accusation that the idea of "The Animals" was racist, Pondsmith took to Reddit on his official account to say that the whole point was the gang thought of themselves as powerful, wild animals and that maybe one lady being called "Sasquatch" would've given them a hint.
In response to a criticism that the initial Voodoo boys from the original tabletop RPG weren't portrayed right in the new game, Pondsmith said the originals were a scathing commentary on cultural appropriation and added, "who the (bleep) do YOU think you are to tell ME whether or not MY creation was done right or not?"
Rock-Paper-Shotgun has a history of controversial opinions, according to one commenter who replied to Pondsmith on Reddit, stating that sites like RPS have a history of causing drama for the sake of it, and don't "influence our purchasing decisions." He went on to say that "they tried to do the same thing with The Witcher 3," and 2o million copies later, it's clear "they don't matter."
"We're all very excited to play your game," he finished.