CD Projekt Red considers recording every Cyberpunk 2077 character’s voice in their “native” language.
Okay, so that might be a bit confusing at first. But, think of it this way. You’re in a major city where a lot of immigrants live, what are the chances you’re going to hear a dozen different languages throughout the day? Pretty damned good, I’d say.
So, taking that into account, let’s take a look at the world CD Projekt Red is planning on building in Cyberpunk 2077. The games’ setting, Night City, is a metropolis full of people from all over the world. Why wouldn’t they all speak in their native languages? An interview with the game’s lead writer, Sebastian Stepien by Dubscore and translated by cyberpunk.net forum member darcler, suggests that exactly what the team is looking at doing.
According to darcler’s translation, Stepien states:
How do you understand what’s going on?
Well, you don’t… Unless, that is, you’re willing to buy a translation implant. Don’t start freaking out about RMT’s yet guys. No one’s said that. Most likely you will be spending your hard earned in game currency to buy this implant and others.
According to Stepien, the accuracy of the implant would vary depending upon how much you’re willing to spend on it. As should be expected, a more expensive one would have a better chance of letting you know someone is saying “I’d like to buy that orange.” than something bad about your mother.
Stepien also clarifies that right now, no decisions have been made as of yet, but it sounds like a pretty amazing idea to me. It sounds even better when he states that they don’t want to do something along the lines of having Polish actors trying to imitate Americans.
Now that they’ve said it, I want it.
This is one of those things that sound so unique and interesting to me that I feel like I have to have it. To have several languages in a major city in any game has the potential to make it feel more alive and organic… and real. For this reason alone, I hope they really do institute the multiple language system into Cyberpunk 2077.