Some screenshots of the Lead Quest Designer for Cyberpunk 2077 talking about the impact of romance on gameplay were posted to Reddit, but it gets even better.
The screenshots posted on Reddit, show Cyberpunk 2077’s Lead Quest Designer, Paweł Sasko, saying that a player's behavior when it comes to romance will make a difference in gameplay. He compared it to The Witcher 3 and mentioned the different endings one could see based on the previous choices made. This on its own already sounds great, but one GameSpot interview later and it sounds even more interesting.
"As for romances, throughout the game players will meet lots of characters with their own goals, motivations and needs. Sometimes those goals align with what V is trying to achieve and, depending on the player's decisions, it may spark interest on the side of the NPC. Side characters won't fall for V in every scenario though. When something is not right, they may choose friendship over a romantic relationship. The sexual orientation of a given NPC also plays a role in such interactions. In The Witcher III, Geralt was a defined character who had a very clearly defined sexuality--in Cyberpunk, the choice of romantic partner is a part of freedom of play, that's why the game provides more options, going beyond heterosexual."
The characters around you will take note of your actions and even if you never interacted with them, they might be cold and uninterested because of the misaligned goals and motivations.
It’s also completely understandable that you will be able to play with which ever sexual orientation you want and that the characters around you have their own preferences. In my opinion this is the perfect way to do it, it’s in no way forced and feels natural in the game world.
Sasko continues, "Even in the world of Cyberpunk, relationships matter a lot. They are easier to have in some ways, and in the same time harder to cultivate. Players' choices define how many relationships V is going to have--but some preferences are impossible to change, almost how it is in real life.”
The Witcher 3 had a really interesting way of dealing with your lovers finding out you’re seeing both of them. With that in mind, I don’t think it’s far-fetched that cheating on a loved one in Cyberpunk 2077 could have repercussions ranging from just getting dumped all the way to your angry ex ordering a hit on you.
It’s interesting how much thought is being put into the relationships, a characters needs and beliefs. Cyberpunk feels less like a game and more like an entire living and breathing world.
If CD Projekt Red manages to deliver on all of their promises, Cyberpunk 2077 will hands down be the most innovative and deep game ever made.