There seems to be another big Cyberpunk 2077 controversy brewing for CD Projekt Red. Hackers leaked the source code for the CD Projekt Red games The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 recently. Among the interesting things revealed so far is the internal montage of game glitches and bugs obtained from the Cyberpunk 2077 leak.
The discovery that Cyberpunk 2077 developers use Winnie the Pooh as a flag to flag censorship-sensitive content could prove to be a significant problem for CD Projekt Red in that country. Chinese president's sensitivity to that topic has been cited in many places, such as South Park. Although CD Projekt knew it would be a problem if this information is made public, they nevertheless did it.
Cyberpunk source code is riddled with Winnie The Pooh Logos
Cyberpunk using "Winnie the Pooh" to denote censored game files for the Chinese audience might cause it to clash with China's government down the road. Several Redditors have questioned the decision by CD Projekt Red developers to do that with Cyberpunk 2077's source code. Still, a Reddit user named U/traceitalian gave this comment which sums up the mindset:
"Yeah, the chances of this seeing the light of day were astronomically slim."
There is a meager chance that the source code for Cyberpunk 2077 would leak, and so it's safe to assume that no one at CD Projekt Red who knew about this Winnie the Pooh China censorship flag ever thought it would be uncovered.
Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, is known to take offense at being compared to Winnie the Pooh, so much so that he has allowed Winnie the Pooh to be heavily censored in the country. The Chinese censorship of Winnie the Pooh can be seen in Kingdom Hearts 3, where the character is blurred. Other games censor the character's name entirely.
We will just have to see how Cyberpunk 2077 makes up for this in China.
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