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CD Projekt Red advises Cyberpunk 2077 streamers to mute their music

Streamer mode isn’t necessarily safe

A member of the Voodoo Boys talks with a Haitian resident of Night City. From CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, E3 2019. Image: CD Projekt Red
Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it’s no surprise that players are streaming their progress through Night City. Unfortunately, Twitch’s DMCA policy is causing a few hiccups for streamers. Developer CD Projekt Red now recommends streamers disable music entirely.

The role-playing game went live with a streamer mode, which disables copyrighted audio with the intent of making the game completely compliant with any copyright restrictions. While this has been a recurring problem for Twitch, it has ramped up in recent months, leading to user protests.

On Wednesday, CD Projekt Red posted a warning that a specific moment in the game could trigger a DMCA strike, and suggested streamers mute the audio for those sequences. On Thursday, the developer put out another announcement on their Twitter, suggesting streamers disable music altogether until a future fix.

“It has come to our attention that there are additional instances in the game which might put a DMCA strike on your channel,” the developer wrote on social media. “Fix is on the way but until then, we’d like to ask you to mute music in the game’s settings entirely. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

CD Projekt Red has announced that fixes will be coming to the game, but were not specific about the timing. The developer posted a new seizure warning into the game after Game Informer writer Liana Ruppert shared a PSA about her experience with Cyberpunk 2077, and how the game’s braindance sequence triggered a seizure. Players have reported further issues with the game’s performance on consoles, and smaller glitches like genitals and breasts clipping through clothing.