Just to make a few things clear from the start. This isn’t some kind of “call-out”, or a call for a boycott or anything like that. This is a critique of a game (and it’s creator) that claim to be something, and are clearly the anti-thesis of what they claim to be.
And so there’s no mystery about what Tim Soret believes, here’s some choice tweets
Tim Soret clearly sees himself as some sort of rebel against the system…except that to him the system isn’t Late-Stage Capitalist Alienation, or the Prison Industrial Complex, or the Military Industrial Complex, or anything that it actually is; to Tim, the system is apparently Feminists, anyone who disagrees with him on the internet ever, and anyone fighting for a better world. Needless to say, he isn’t a rebel against anything, in fact he’s clearly the exact opposite. He looks at the people trying to solve the problems of the world as the problem, and the actual problem(s) as a good thing. His game is a product of this warped mentality, entirely. So much so that it’s anti-cyberpunk, it’s literally the antithesis of the genre he claims it is.
Cyberpunk is literally “high-tech, low-life”, it’s all about the paradox of radicals using technology to rebel against the technocratic, corporate system. Cyberpunk at it’s core is all about class struggle and fighting against an unjust world where a disparity between people who have everything and people nothing exists, at all. Cyberpunk looks at the neoliberal world, a world of simultaneous abundance and scarcity; and rejects it in favor of literal revolutionary class struggle for something that, even in the vaguest of implications, can only be a socialist society of one stripe or another.
Am I saying that everyone who’s made a Cyberpunk story is a Socialist? No, of course not. What I am saying is, Cyberpunk is inherently revolutionary and Leftist by it’s very nature. There’s no such thing as a Capitalist class struggle, because 99% of the world’s population have no Capital. So regardless of someone’s personal political leanings, Cyberpunk is Anti-Capitalist to it’s very core. It’s not neon lights and Android sex workers, all of that is aesthetics of Cyberpunk, window dressing. So Last Night isn’t Cyberpunk. It might have some aesthetics associated with or inspired from Cyberpunk. Other than the window dressing, it’s the literal anti-thesis of the genre, and so is it’s creator.