I am really psyched for this game, but … I really am at a loss for words that so many people instantly jump on this as sexist. Its anything but, firstly, we’ve got the bullets, not laser guns, failing to give her more than a scratch (also using bullets is a nice little nod to say that the solutions we have to problems today won’t work, not to mention that its one of gamings more refined mechanics, this trailer implying it won’t work.), so she’s straight up post human.
Then, what I got out of it at least was that the attire is both used narratively (the lack of it shows clear augmentation joints on her thighs, shoulders and super arms, as well as showing her skin as impenetrable) as well as interpretatively. What came to mind when I first saw the scythes was the idea of a fallen angel (I mean the way they’re angled and proportioned like wings is a giveaway), or even stretch it to a kind of transhumanist Icarus.
Not only that, but the clothing she does have is white, suggesting purity, of the essence or her humanity or whatever, surrounded by her limbs with perfect skin, but which are no longer human. What I got from it was that shes tarnished her humanity in blood, taken great mental cost, I’m the pursuit of physical perfection. It could also be style of the time, given the shop window woman in the same getup.
But what I really, really got put of it is that they’re taking the cultural
Ideal we have of beauty today, plastic surgery, the make up, clothes, this pursuit oif artificial beauty we have today with for example women in their 50s like madonna , fighting their natural aging process to try and look like their 20, taking this culture, throwing it into the future, using trans humanism to take it to its end point, and then juxtapose it with her murdering a dozen people to show how inhuman our cultural obsession with beauty has become. We have a whole culture of beauty built around fighting our humanity, quashing out human imperfections, fighting the aging process, and by taking it to the very extreme, where people,e could become flawless, everlasting beauties, but at the cost of ones humanity. There is no way I could have gotten that interpretation with a male protagonist either.
Not to even mention sexuality as empowering, females and males can be empowered by looking good, I mean you see it when a chubby person who once dressed frumpily, gets their act together, loses weight, eats right, works out, before long they’re getting their groceries in a sports bra and some skin tight jogging shorts. External validation is very powerful with some people, especially those whom identify themselves as attractive. Tying back into the beauty culture, being beautiful is empowering, and people who identify with themselves that way will go to great lengths to stay beautiful. They don’t want to age gracefully and die, they want to be young forever, they want to fight their human destiny, and the technology of cyberpunk embraces that.
Or maybe I’m wrong and those chaps at CD project are just appealing to the lowest common denominator.