In Cyberpunk 2077‘s Night City, the average resident’s diet isn’t great by any means, and most are fully aware that they’re eating glorified garbage – but it could actually be far worse than they think. In this dark conspiracy, a majority of citizens may in fact be cannibals who eat human meat on a regular basis. Plus, to make it worse (though not at all surprising), an unethical corporation is behind it all.
Biotechnica is a small, yet massively influential corporation in Cyberpunk 2077 that is focused on genetic engineering, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, and biochemistry. It was responsible for the development of a high-sugar wheat variant that is the main component in Night City’s fuel source, CHOOH2. It now also functions as the city’s main food supplier, providing the ingredients for Cyberpunk 2077‘s far-from-tasty food with its many protein farms. But due to the corporation’s history, as well as current – and suspicious – practices found in-game, there is reason to believe that Biotechnica has been feeding Night City residents cloned human meat.
Cyberpunk 2077’s Biotechnica Has Created Human Clones In The Past
Cyberpunk 2077‘s corporations are known to be horrifying manifestations of modern day capitalism, displaying blatant disregard for human life and instead only being interested in the gains of money or power. One might think that Biotechnica, an organization focused on furthering science and bettering mankind, would be an exception – but unfortunately, that doesn’t quite seem like the case. Though it has created a positive impact on the planet by doing things such as bioengineering extinct species (like birds in Cyberpunk 2077‘s Night City), it may also have a much more sinister, secretive goal that uses human life for their own gain.
In the second edition of the Cyberpunk 2020 Corebook, it is stated that cloned tissue was first developed in 2004. The masterminds behind this discovery were, of course, none other than Biotechnica employees. However, not many realized (due to the specifics being kept fittingly secret) that the cloned tissue was actually human tissue, and that the corporation had managed to clone an entire human at that. At first, the clones were barely functional, but after Biotechnica began inserting personality constructs in them – similar to those created by Cyberpunk 2077‘s Soulkiller technology – they became fully conscious, being literal copies of the humans that came before them.
Not much else is known about the methods or processes used for cloning in Cyberpunk 2077, or how long the experiments went on for. But it is believed that the facility used for these operations was actually located in Night City itself – most likely in what is now the Biotechnica Flats. For this reason, many believe that Biotechnica never stopped cloning humans, and instead massively expanded this unscrupulous department.
Biotechnica May Still Be Cloning Humans In Cyberpunk 2077
Unfortunately, the interiors of Biotechnica’s greenhouses aren’t explorable, and so players won’t know what’s going on for certain. However, there are other clues that lead players to believe that much of the “synthetic protein” they produce is actually cloned human tissue. According to Deconstructing The Game on Youtube, there are multiple informational shards, or notes, that imply something sinister is going on at Biotechnica (like in most of Cyberpunk 2077‘s evil corporations).
For example, a shard can be found on Tina Agron’s dead body in Sector 0 of the Biotechnica Flats in Cyberpunk 2077, which details a conversation between herself and a man named Will Gunner as they discuss some “black market proteins.” Will accuses Tina of stealing the proteins from her workplace, and attempts to strike a deal with her (which she seemingly accepts too late). More importantly, though, is the fact that the proteins were being sold on the black market. If they were indeed being derived of plants and insects, like Biotechnica claims they do, there would be absolutely no reason for them to be sold in such a secretive manner. However, if the proteins were composed with human tissue instead, this would be a lot creepier – but also make a lot more sense.
Additionally, Deconstructing The Game points out that there is an unsettling Nomad village – much smaller than the one Cyberpunk 2077 romance interest Panam is from – located in the center of the Biotechnica Flats. It’s already peculiar that they are living in the middle of a corporate-run protein farm, as Nomads are known to despise corpos. However, it becomes highly suspicious when taking into account the town’s colossal graveyard. Makeshift graves created out of pipes and hoses are strewn across the area, and the remaining residents periodically mourn over them as a part of their daily routines.
Although no proper explanation is offered within the town itself, a small, entirely separate side quest in Cyberpunk 2077 may provide it instead. The gig, titled “Guinea Pigs,” tasks V with eliminating Dr. Joanne Koch, “the regional director for tech and development” at Biotechnica. The people rooting for her assassination are a Nomad clan named Red Ochre, who apparently lost over seventy members due to an non-consensual experiment led by Koch herself. She tried to pay off the clan with eurodollars, the currency in Cyberpunk 2077‘s Night City, but they weren’t satisfied.
It’s possible that the small, unnamed town in the Biotechnica Flats actually belongs to Red Ochre, and that its massive graveyard contains the unfortunate victims of Koch’s experiment. If Koch, one of Biotechnica’s top employees, was able to experiment on humans so nonchalantly, it only begs the question of what else goes on behind closed doors. For a corporation that seemingly cares about the preservation of human life, its actions don’t portray that sentiment in the slightest.
With the corporation’s shady and illegal past, as well as the strange happenings that occur on company grounds, something fishy is almost assuredly going on. Although the clues are sparse and the theory may seem far-fetched to some, Biotechnica using cloned humans for protein production is no longer completely out of the question. Although it’s disturbing, accidental cannibalism would align perfectly with the other dystopian themes found within Cyberpunk 2077, like in the controversial “Sinnerman” quest. But for now, it seems like players – and Night City’s poor, unknowing residents – will never be certain of what’s really in their food.
Sources: Cyberpunk 2020 Corebook, Deconstructing The Game/YouTube