Cyberpunk 2077 Has A Gang Dedicated To Protecting Sex Workers
CD Projekt Red’s social media accounts have been fairly quiet since January’s announcement that Cyberpunk 2077 would be delayed, pushing mostly merchandise and a few odd updates. Until Wednesday, that is. In a surprise Twitter announcement, the official Cyberpunk 2077 account shared a logo reveal for the Moxes faction, as well as a brief introduction to what the gang is all about. Having only been “formed in 2076” following the demise of Night City’s Elizabeth “Lizzie” Borden, a “strip club owner & ex-prostitute who treated her workers fairly and defended them from violent clients,” the self-proclaimed Moxes “protect working girls and guys” in order to carry on her legacy.
The details of how Borden (who’s curiously named after Lizzie Borden, the main suspect of the infamously brutal 19th century axe murder case) died are interestingly unexplained. For now, it’s not over-presumptuous to guess she may have been a victim of the same violence to which the Moxes want to put an end.
According to the tweet, one of the game’s new factions is called The Mox: a group that formed in the year 2076 following the death of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Borden. She was a strip club owner and ex-prostitute who “treated her workers fairly and defended them from violent clients” and it seems her followers do the same, as the gang claims to “protect working girls and guys” from violence and abuse. Although whether that protection is genuine or just an excuse for pimping is another matter.
Formed in 2076 after the death of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Borden, a strip club owner & ex-prostitute who treated her workers fairly and defended them from violent clients, The Mox refer to themselves as “those who protect working girls and guys” from violence and abuse. #Cyberpunk2077 pic.twitter.com/X1Ie8JjPYo
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) April 8, 2020
Representing sex workers in gaming as not only more than street-walking caricatures, but as members of society worth protecting, is admirably ambitious for even the envelope-pushers at CD Projekt Red. It’ll be interesting to see exactly how Cyberpunk 2077 will portray the sex workers of Night City and their protectors, but even this announcement betrays that not everyone is going to be happy with the final product. The above tweet refers to Borden as a former “prostitute,” while modern sex workers prefer to avoid the loaded connotations of that label. Furthermore, CD Projekt Red has a well-earned reputation as being notably consumer-friendly, but has proven itself far less keen to safeguard its own employees from internal labor abuses, slightly tinging the Moxes’ protective relationship with sex workers with hypocrisy.
As a quick reminder, here’s a list of the other prominent factions in Cyberpunk 2077:
- Voodoo Boys – Your go-to gang for drugs, magic and rituals in the Pacifica district
- Maelstrom – Found in the port section of Night City, having lost most of their power after the Inquisitors cracked down on them
- Animals – Gym rats and enhancement junkies who never skip leg day
- Valentinos – Self-styled Lotharios focused only on seducing women who they consider to be beautiful
- Nomads – Thieves with no home to call their own after the corporations moved in and demolished their houses
- Tyger’s Claw – Forsaking cybernetic enhancements, this gang focuses on the glory and weapons of the past
Despite the many impending game delays that are expected to be hitting this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, CD Projekt Red is confident that Cyberpunk 2077 will be complete in time for its September release date.
Cyberpunk 2077 is still on track for a September release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.