- Author: Mila Grish
- Date: October 14, 2020
“V: How’d you hook up with the Mox?
Judy: I thought Susie and the gang could really change something in this city.”
(“Cyberpunk 2077 — Gangs of Night City”).
We first saw footage of Judy in Night City Wire: Episode 1. The talented braindance technician immediately caught hearts of many fans as soon as her status as one of the romanceable characters in Cyberpunk 2077 became widely known in the community. However, CD Projekt Red developers have been understandably quiet about Judy’s personal story, her romantic preferences, or her continued role in our story in general.
Is Judy a lesbian? Does she react differently to a Corpo Lifepath character than to a Nomad? What about a Solo build vs. a Netrunner? Will she care if we get involved with Tyger Claws, The Mox gang’s mortal enemies? We do not know definitive answers to any of these questions. However, we have gotten a glimpse of Judy’s personality, skills, and affiliation and that can give us some clues into what she will be like in the game. Some of this information comes from community’s speculation or rumors, but the other we can get by analyzing the in-game footage available to us.
Let’s put some pieces together!
Judy Alvarez: Talented but Modest
Ingrid Olerinskaya will voice Judy for the Russian localization of Cyberpunk 2077, and she had a few thoughts to share about her in the Night City Wire: Special Russian Edition video: “I envy Judy because she is truly amazing. The way she works with tehcnology and how she creates all these braindances… for me, personally, has a ‘wow’ effect.”
This is something we could see ever since the Episode 1, when Judy was asked to teach us how to use the Braindance Editor. Judy was excited about the footage: “His own choomba shot ‘im! Probably planned to all along.” She also felt completely at home in pointing out various angles and signatures we can study the footage from: “See the blinking thing, over the entrance? Surveillance cam.”
And, she knew exactly what happened to V when he snapped out of the braindance’s virtual reality from an overload of emotional stress. Judy leaned on the handle of our chair, her eyes demonstrating both understanding and concern. “Slow, deep breaths,” she told us. “Your cortisol and adrenaline spiked, but the soft activated your hormone blockers. Nothin’ happened, you’re alive and well.” And, as soon as we described the emotional state of the thug from the footage, Judy knew that he probably had some drugs in his system. Judy didn’t even have a moment of doubt in what’s going on.
She was our guest expert in The World of Cyberpunk 2077 lore book, talking about braindance with the same confidence in her voice: “From the pinnacles of society to the lowliest street hoodlums — everyone wants to enjoy the vivid, colorful dreams that BD offers its users.”
But, you might have noticed something. For all the casual talk and braindance knowledge spewing out of Judy, she doesn’t brag about her skill. In fact, in the bit of Japanese localization footage that we got demonstrates Judy being almost disgusted when Evelyn calls her “the best braindance editor there is.” At least in Japanese translation, Judy goes “Yuck, knock it off.” V gets a chance to respond to the situation, so it’s possible that we can make Judy continue reacting to the compliment (presumably, in negative ways).
In other words, Judy is the expert in all things Braindance: a true, respected master of her craft. Yet, she is not quick to accept compliments, especially the ones that paint her as the best expert there is.
With how many illegal Braindance parlors there are scattered around Night City, could we meet an expert to rival Judy Alvarez? What is her history with the more sinister use of braindance? Could there be demons that still haunt her to this day, perhaps quite literally? There are a lot of possibilities here and it would be interesting to see where CD Projekt Red takes Judy’s personal story.
Judy’s Affiliation with The Mox
Judy’s word choice, body language, and the casual but cheerful tone of her voice demonstrate her confidence, even assertiveness. It’s pretty easy to see that she should not be messed with. Well, of course: Judy is an important member of a small but powerful gang in the city. One look at Moxes’ history and their determination to protect those in need to this day shows how far they are willing to go to stand up for each other.
The quote we started this article with, Judy believing that Moxes can bring important changes to the city, is quite understandable in this light.
But how does Judy fight for this cause? We certainly know the quiet but highly deadly approach of the Voodoo Boys when it comes to the Net, but it’s not quite as clear what Judy is capable of doing when it comes to confronting corporates, police, or other gangs: we don’t see her wield a weapon, hack into devices like a Netrunner, or even play into Evelyn’s schemes.
Yet, we heard Ingrid, the Russian voice actress for Judy, scream into the microphone: “Hey, take your hands off her! You will regret fucking around when all of the Moxes will get to this shithole!” Judy is absolutely pissed off within the context of this mysterious situation. Who is the lady she is trying to protect? What wound her up?
What we know is that this exclamation shows Judy being aware of her affiliation with the gang. Just like other Moxes, she is ready to protect women when they are treated unjustly. We don’t know quite how Judy looks like when she fights herself, but we know that she can summon others in the gang to do it for her, if needed.
Could it be that she might require our protective services as well? Or are we underestimating Judy and she has some powerful cyberware hidden under her casual mechanic’s outfit? It would be very cool to see Judy come back and kick some real ass later in the game.
Rumors: Is Judy a Lesbian?
Now here’s an interesting question: is Judy even interested in male characters? Those who got a chance to play a female V character got a chance to flirt with Judy using a Tech skill speech option early into the game, but is this enough information to assume her sexuality and start feeling disappointed or plan for playing a hacker girl build?
It’s not clear as of yet whether Judy only likes girls or is bisexual… or, perhaps, neither. We don’t even know how much Judy is into girls, since it’s doubtful that anyone was able to progress romance far enough to see Judy get serious. Flirting is not quite the same as a relationship and we had series like Dragon Age show us that initial positive reactions don’t always mean that the NPC character will be interested in starting a relationship with the player character in the end.
Many players were quite passionate about it, getting into conversations of whether limiting player’s choice is even fair to begin with, questioning CDPR’s approach to introducing exclusively homosexual characters to the game.
But, we have talked about some of the more controversial decisions the developers are making with Cyberpunk 2077 and their general approach to these more sensitive topics. It’s likely that there will always be players who disagree with their approach, regardless of the direction they take it in. What will be interesting to see if whether Judy’s sexuality will make sense to her private struggles and her personality as a character.
Let us know your reaction to Judy! Do you feel like she is getting too much attention or do you also feel interested in learning more about her?
Are you one of the people who find her attractive and want to ensure that you can romance her on the first playthrough? If that’s the case, what is it that you think makes you like her?
We would love to hear from you!