Cyberpunk 2077: Paying Attention to the Little Linguistic Details

Most of the time, game developers spend a limited amount of time motion capturing facial movements for in-game languages. In fact, most games only have facial motion support for the primary language in that game’s main market – take the full English facial motion in Japanese-developed Devil May Cry 5. If the studio hadn’t taken the time to motion capture someone’s face for every single word spoken, it would look like a bad English-dubbed Japanese movie from the 1980s. Well, CD Projekt Red took this concept to a whole new level and will offer full, accurate facial motion for 10 different languages in Cyberpunk 2077.

The news comes from CD Projekt Red’s Phillip Weber via a tweet that shows off some very impressive motion capture for all 10 languages available in the game. Believe it or not, the studio as “full lip syncs for all dubbed languages,” even those that often overlooked 99-percent of the time by other developers. The most important languages are, arguably, German, French, Japanese, and Mandarin, all of which will look perfectly in sync throughout the game for every single character.

It might not seem important to those of us that don’t play games in any language other than Japaense or English, but this will bring a new level of accuracy for those in other parts of the world. Cyberpunk 2077 launches on November 19. It will be a day one launch for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but will also be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as well.