Guy Who Yelled “You’re Breathtaking” At Keanu Reeves Given Free Copy of Cyberpunk 2077
E3 2019 was packed with awesome announcements and trailers of upcoming games. Arguably the most unexpected part of the event was when CD Projekt Red announced Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves is part of Cyberpunk 2077.
During Microsoft’s briefing, the John Wick star popped up out of nowhere and surprised everyone. Reeves spoke a bit about the upcoming RPG, and described it as “breathtaking”. Seconds later, a quick-to-act member of the audience yelled back the phrase “you’re breathtaking”. This was met screams of joy from fans, and Reeves’ response was even more wholesome, who said, “You’re breathtaking! You’re all breathtaking!”
Shortly after, the man responsible, known as Peter Sark, shared a video of him on Twitter and mentioned the Cyberpunk developers.
And it got you a free #Cyberpunk2077 Collector’s Edition on top! Check your DMs.
Apparently it was the correct move, as it earned him a free copy of Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition. This version of the unreleased game comes with an array of bonuses. Alongside the game discs, the collector’s edition contains:
- Collector’s Edition box
- Collectible SteelBook
- 25cm x 10″ statue depicting V – the game’s protagonist – in action
- Hardcover art book
- Metal pin set
- Quadra V-tech metal keychain
- Annotated copy of A Visitor’s Guide to Night City sealed in an NCPD Evidence Bag
- Embroidered patches
- World Compendium detailing the game’s setting and lore
This, combined with the digital rewards, gives the game a hefty price tag of $250. Considering this, Sark saved himself a pretty penny by just shouting two words. Personally, I wouldn’t think interrupting a speaker is the right the move, especially when its Keanu Reeves on stage, but I guess it turned out well for this one man.
Set in the Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 is futuristic open-world RPG by the developers of the Witcher series. CD Projekt Red shared a lot of new information about the game during last night’s E3 presentation, including its release date.
Cyberpunk 2077 releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on April 16th 2020. Pre-orders for the game are now live, and can be done through Steam or GOG.
Keanu Reeves stuns E3 with major Cyberpunk 2077 announcements, release date
Fans have been waiting to see more from Cyberpunk 2077 for a longtime and got whole new reasons to be excited for the open-world RPG on June 9 when Keanu Reeves stepped onto the E3 stage.
E3 has been revealing troves of news for gamers to get hyped about, but the Xbox Conference reached peak hype when Reeves appeared to reveal how he’ll figure in CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077.
The crowd went wild when Reeves came out with the Cyberpunk logo on the big screen, but that was nothing compared to the surprising new development that was revealed at the end of the latest trailer as well as a release date for the game.
Before Reeves took the stage, the Microsoft conference revealed an action-packed trailer filled with tons of cyborgs, guns, and Reeves. At the tail-end of the new Cyberpunk 2077 video, fans were met with Reeve’s voice followed shortly after by a complete look at Reeve’s character.
“Wake the fuck up, Samurai,” Reeves’ character said in the trailer. “We have a city to burn.”
The trailer ended right as the screen focused in on Reeves, but that was way more than enough to hype up the hall of fans in the Los Angeles venue.
The actor then walked onto the stage to give a bit of background of why he was presenting Cyberpunk 2077, much to the fans’ delight.
“A while back the guys from CD Projekt Red approached me and asked me to be a part of their new project,” Reeves said. “They were going on and on about how they created this vast open-world with branching storylines, how you’d be able to customize your character through in-game choices… and I’m always drawn to fascinating stories.”
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But the hall was too amped to with the actor’s charisma and presence, being joyfully interrupted a few times by the breath-taking fans.
At last Reeves had another surprise in store for the loud audience who couldn’t contain their excitement when unveiling Cyberpunk 2077’s release date of April 16, 2020.
Fans around the world no doubt loved the Reeve’s cameo, but it’s still unknown how the actor’s character will figure in the game.
Keanu Reeves Is More Than A Cameo In Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red won over the E3 crowd at the Microsoft Press Conference by bringing actor Keanu Reeves on stage to announce his involvement in the project. It’s been one of the most talked about moments from the show so far. While we saw Reeves’ likeness in the game in a brief scene, we didn’t get much more on his role or the extent of it in the game. Today at E3, I was able to get more clarity on his involvement, and it’s much more than a cameo.
For starters, he actually plays a digital ghost that’s haunting your mind, appearing at your side throughout the game. “Keanu’s Johnny actually has a huge role in our game, says quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz during our one-on-one interview. “This is like a supporting protagonist. He is present throughout most of the game.”
For those not in the know, the character Johnny Silverhand played a big role in Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk 2020, which CD Projekt’s game is inspired from. “He’s a man of conviction. He is a rocker boy, so he was a famous celebrity, but at the same time, he fights the system. He doesn’t like corporations. He stands against the oppression,” Tomaszkiewicz explains.
Due to his crucial role in Pondsmith’s work, the team wanted to make sure they did the character justice. “This is one of the reasons we cast Keanu for this role because we knew we had to get this right. This is such a huge character for the setting,” Tomaszkiewicz says. “Keanu has a long history with movies, and his characters stand for something, and we felt he would be a natural pick.
Reeves is no stranger to futuristic settings, starring in movies like The Matrix and Johnny Mnemonic, which meant he also offered plenty of input during his recording sessions. “We’re very open to working with the actors and giving them space for interpretation and guidelines, and Keanu was very open to this. He had his own ideas about the character. It’s really cool to work with someone as experienced as Keanu and see the direction that he would take the character.”
Stay tuned for more coming on Cyberpunk 2077 later today.
CDPR confirms Keanu Reeves plays a major part in Cyberpunk 2077
During an interview with Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD Projekt Red, Geoff Keighley was told that Keanu Reeves holds the second highest amount of voiced lines in Cyberpunk 2077.
Fans went nuts during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 conference when CD Projekt Red revealed that Keanue Reeves, known for his many Hollywood roles throughout the years, would play a character in the upcoming sci-fi action game. Today, Marcin Iwinski, the co-founder of CDPR revealed that Keanu isn’t just a side character that players will encounter once or twice.
Instead of acting as a side character, Reeves’ character is actually the character with the second highest amount of voice lines throughout the entire game. This means that he’s going to play a pretty important role in the game’s main story, which in turn means that players can expect quite a bit of screen time out of the John Wick actor. It’s really good to see CD Projekt Red embracing the actor fully and really giving him a solid part to play instead of just shoehorning him into the story. You can hear the bit for yourself on the E3 Coliseum VOD of the interview earlier today.
Keanu’s character will have the second highest amount of voice lines in Cyberpunk 2077.
The rest of the interview between Iwinski and Keighley went about as expected, with the CDPR co-founded refusing to divulge any real new information about the game. Still, though, it’s really good to see that Keanu Reeves is someone that players can expect to interact with a lot throughout their time in Cyberpunk 2077.
You can learn more about the rest of the great games and announcements coming out of this year’s conference by heading over to our E3 2019 hub. We’ll continue to update the site with breaking news, new interviews, and even hands-on previews of this year’s hottest games. Since we’ve had so many new game announcements this week, ensure you know all of the upcoming video game release dates of 2019 by heading over to our handy guide. We constantly update it with new info and dates to ensure it’s the most comprehensive list available. You can also follow Shacknews on Twitter, as we’ll continue to tweet out content from our live stream, interviews, and more for easy access right on your timeline.
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Keanu Reeves Role In Cyberpunk 2077 Was Originally A Lot Smaller
When it comes to anticipated video game titles coming in 2020, there is one title that is likely on everyone’s list. That’s, of course, Cyberpunk 2077, the latest IP to be developed by CD Projekt Red. After putting in the work towards The Witcher trilogy, CD Projekt Red is moving on towards the launch of their next big mainline video game release. It’s become quite the ambitious title for players to go through and with the hype continually growing for the title, it’s no surprise that more news is coming out about what’s going on behind-the-scenes.
We’re sure that there are bound to be new details and features announced for Cyberpunk 2077. The video game is based on a futuristic open-world where big corporations run the city and players are a meager freelance mercenary. To pay the bills and keep food on the table, players will take on odd jobs and work their names up to the high paying circuit. A big part of the game is also augmentations where it seems that players can make several body tweaks that could compliment their particular playstyle. While we wait for new details to finally make their way out into the general public, we have learned that Keanu Reeves managed to make his character more focused throughout the game.
For those unaware, Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves has portrayed a character within Cyberpunk 2077. There is a lot of mystery behind this character but we do know that originally, the character was a bit more silent. Keanu Reeves got CD Projekt Red to double his lines after an Italian voice actor who is making an audio dub for Keanu’s actor alerted the media.
There are no complaints as Keanu Reeves is a beloved Hollywood actor that we’re sure many fans are eager to see appear throughout the main campaign but we’re interested in seeing just how much the actor was able to sway the development of his character. At any rate, we’ll soon get a chance to play his character as Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on April 16, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms.
Cyberpunk 2077 stars Keanu Reeves, releases 16th April 2020
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At E3 2019 yesterday evening, CD Projekt Red revealed some important information about its highly anticipated upcoming open-world action adventure cyber-punk game. As per our headline, and to great surprise, actor Keanu Reeves plays a major character in the game, Johnny Silverhand. Furthermore, we found out the launch date for Cyberpunk 2077 – it is scheduled for release on 16 th April 2020. Last but not least CDPR shared another video, this time a cinematic trailer providing the back story of what one might assume is another central game character, ‘Samurai’.
Mr Reeves turned up on the Xbox stage for the unveiling of the new trailer and took part in a brief chat about the game. In case you need a refresher, Cyberpunk 2077 is set in the most dangerous megacity of the future, where you will play as ‘V’ a cyber-enhanced mercenary outlaw seeking a one-of-a-kind implant – the key to immortality. To achieve your goal you will customize your cyberware and skillset, and explore a vast city of the future obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. CDPR says that the choices you make will determine the story and shape the world around you.
In the trailer we see that V and a partner have just returned from an ill-fated raid in order to attain a valued body modification. After his partner dies on the way back from the mission, V goes to see his employers to cash-in on the valued object – but he is double crossed. After his apparent demise, the next thing we see is Johnny Silverhand revive him, and promise some vengeance will be metered out – “We have a city to burn,” snarls the Bill & Ted star.
The secrets under the skin of the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer
Goodbye Kansas’s Cyberpunk 2077 teaser features cities, cyborgs — and Keanu Reeves. Go behind the scenes and learn how to create great skin with V-Ray for Maya.
Thanks to a spectacular E3 trailer, the hype for Cyberpunk 2077 is at fever pitch — and V-Ray for Maya played a big part in bringing the sci-fi RPG’s metropolis to life. That, and the presence of a certain actor named Keanu Reeves, whose roles in The Matrix and Johnny Mnemonic have made him synonymous with the high-tech fantasy of the cyberpunk genre.
To create this awe-inspiring teaser, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red turned to Goodbye Kansas Studios, the versatile Swedish VFX house which has recently contributed seamless effects to Jack Ryan, The Walking Dead and Zombieland 2: Double Tap. We catch up with Director Fredrik Lofberg, VFX Supervisor Henrik Eklundh and Producer Rebeca Cervantes to go behind the scenes of the trailer that has taken hype to another level, and to find out how they make use of V-Ray for Maya.
How does Goodbye Kansas tackle such a wide array of projects with equal aplomb?
Goodbye Kansas: We make sure that we always evolve our pipeline to cater to every project that comes in, and we also have roadmaps to make sure we are where we need to be in terms of tech to pull upcoming ones. For cinematics, characters are a big focus point to make sure they perform the way both we and the clients want them to.
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What was your brief for the trailer?
GBK: By nature, Goodbye Kansas is a studio that has a boutique feeling. We pride ourselves in being creative partners to our clients, and for CD Projekt Red, this was no exception. So began our collaboration on what became the biggest cinematic trailer to come out of E3 2019.
When we started working on this project, CD Projekt Red sent us an early draft of the script that had the overall story they wanted to tell: a heist gone wrong. From there, we developed it together, bouncing ideas back and forth. CD Projekt Red knew the details of the game and narrative that we didn’t, but we contributed to the story of the cinematic.
We began by figuring out the beats, started working on storyboards, fleshed out the camera language and storytelling we wanted in terms of direction, emotions, etc. We talked with CD Projekt Red constantly to find nuances that matched the world of Cyberpunk 2077. Throughout the process, we had great collaboration between our studios. Every single person working on the trailer wanted the same outcome: for it to become something spectacular.
V displaying his mantis blades fighting Solo
Which assets did you get from CD Projekt Red to help you create the trailer?
GBK: We got the basis for most assets and then we worked in collaboration with CD Projekt Red in making sure they fit the trailer and had the necessary fidelity. Both the locations and characters are based on the game.
How much creative freedom did CD Projekt Red give you?
GBK: We are a very collaborative studio, so we always felt we could present our ideas to CD Projekt Red. They trusted us in making this cinematic and listened to our suggestions and thoughts. The game is an open-world RPG with a multitude of outcomes and story branches depending on your choices and, in this trailer, we show one possible result of that scenario. It could play out completely differently if V made other choices during the heist.
How did you find the actors for the mocap sessions?
GBK: We cast talent from the UK. Our goal was to find actors that could portray the characters, so we talked to agencies in London. Swedish specialists, with whom we have worked for many years, formed the stunt team. We also worked tightly with CD Projekt Red’s stunt coordination team.
Johnny Silverhand – Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 Cyberpunk 2077 guide, walkthrough
“Wake the fuck up, Samurai, we have a city to burn” still lingers in your head following the E3 conference? Thanks to this page in our Cyberpunk 2077 guide, you will learn all the information about the character played by Keanu Reeves. Johnny Silverhand is one of the main characters of the game, so we have prepared a complex note about him.
What is Keanu Reeves doing in the game?
Johnny Silverhand, played by Keanu Reeves, plays a very important role in the plot of Cyberpunk 2077. This character appears in the game as a “digital spirit”. According to the authors, he will be a fully-fledged character with his goals and motives.
How important is Johnny’s character?
According to the information received from the developers, Johnny will be the second most important character in the game. According to the developers, the actor is the second person in terms of the number of dialogues in the game, playing an important role in the story.
Is Johnny Silverhand a good or bad character?
This is not a question that can be answered unequivocally. During your playthrough, you need to learn Johnny Silverhand’s motives and decide whether you want to cooperate with him or to thwart his plans.
Is it possible to romance Johnny Silverhand?
The developers didn’t provide this option. We won’t be able to have a romantic relationship with Johnny Silverhand.
Cyberpunk 2077 confirms release date and new character played by Keanu Reeves
Following a segment on the Microsoft stage for E3 2019, CD Projekt Red has revealed Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 16th, 2020. The news was revealed by the actor playing newly announced key character Johnny Silverhand, Keanu Reeves.
As well as giving his likeness and voice to the game, Reeves is also providing full-body motion capture for the “legendary rockerboy” character, too. The character is a fan-favourite, probably the best-known and liked from the original pen-and-paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020. His career may mean that Reeves’ character might play the guitar in the game, with CD Projekt Red having a history of building gameplay around public performances with one of the standout sets of missions in The Witcher 3, and Reeves experience at air guitar (as Ted “Theodore” Logan) should certainly aid the motion capture for that one.
Pre-orders for the eagerly anticipated game have gone live, including a newly announced Collector’s Edition. “Packed with a number of high-quality collectables”, the special edition includes a 25cm statue depicting game protagonist “V”, a steelbook case, a hardcover art book, and more. The contents come “in an impressive box made to look like one of the megabuildings towering over Night City”.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour, and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality.
More Cyberpunk 2077 news is expected to be revealed during E3.
CD Projekt Red announced last year that it was partnering with Bandai Namco for the latter to distribute the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 across 24 European countries. The partnership sees business as usual between the two companies, with Bandai Namco also handling physical distribution duties for both the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
With the deal, Bandai Namco will distribute physical copies of Cyberpunk 2077 in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
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An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat: CD Projekt Red showed off a new demo of Cyberpunk 2077 at Microsoft’s Xbox press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the big game trade show in Los Angeles. And actor Keanu Reeves surprised everyone by coming out on stage to say that he would be in it. The trailer reveals one of the key characters of Cyberpunk 2077, Johnny Silverhand. The legendary rockerboy is played by Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, John Wick series, Johnny Mnemonic). In addition to his appearance and voice, Reeves is also providing full-body motion capture for the character. The game debuts on April 16, 2020.
We all know that CD Projekt Red has a hell of a game in Cyberpunk 2077, which the company revealed in a 48-minute gameplay video last year. The video showed an amazingly detailed open world, as the narrator said the ambition was to create “the most believable city in any open world to date.” I interpreted that as a shot across the bow of Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption teams, as Cyberpunk 2077 was as incredibly hyper detailed as any Rockstar game I’ve ever seen. It’s the only game I’ve seen with such density of interaction and the realism integrity of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2.
Last year’s demo of the upcoming game promised deeper the details of the open world, with fascinating futuristic touches such as cranial chip implants, robotic body modifications, hyperfast video communications, and surveillance drones. The dystopic city seemed like a living thing, and the choices for getting things done seemed like they had no limits. You could be as peaceful or violent as you wished. It’s a mature game, aimed at adults who can deal with subjects like nudity, drugs, and murder.
Here’s what Grimes will be up to in Cyberpunk 2077
It’s been a good week for news on Cyberpunk 2077. First, we got confirmation that the sci-fi RPG will be coming to Xbox Series X as part of its new ‘Smart Delivery’ promise. And now we’ve got an idea of what pop star Grimes’s character will be doing in the game.
Mild spoilers follow – but if you’re a fan of Grimes, the nature of the character perhaps won’t be much of a surprise.
Speaking on a livestream about the game (now since pulled) Grimes revealed that her character Lizzy Wizzy will be voicing a futuristic pop star who kills herself on stage, only to be revived by “emergency surgery” that sees her made into a full-blown cyborg, only to complete the gig. That’s very Grimes.
Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) will also feature on the soundtrack for the game.
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If you’ve been following the development of Cyberpunk, you’ll be aware that she’s not the only big-name star set to appear in the game either.
Actor Keanu Reeves will play Johnny Silverhand in the game, acting as something like a player companion for the majority of play time. Reeves has the second-most lines of recorded dialog of any character in the game, suggesting his role is no fleeting cameo.
Cyberpunk 2077 will hit PS4, Xbox One and PC on 17 September 2020, and will eventually be followed up with an Xbox Series X version. No news yet on a PS5 edition.
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Keanu Reeves Announces ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Role, Calls Audience ‘Breathtaking’ at E3 2019
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Keanu Reeves, he of the John Wick franchise and an oft-celebrated sense of contagious zen, will indeed be seen in next year’s Cyberpunk 2077.
Reeves made the surprise announcement with an equally surprise appearance at this weekend’s Xbox E3 conference, during which a release date and trailer for the hotly anticipated title from CD Projekt Red were unveiled. Per onstage comments from Reeves, players will be given the chance to experience the game’s story from the perspective of an “enhanced mercenary working in the sleazy underbelly of the city.”
Adding that walking these “streets of the future” would constitute a breathtaking experience, Reeves was briefly interrupted by a shouted “You’re breathtaking!” from the audience. As your timeline this morning has surely already informed you, Reeves responded in kind, flipping the breathtaking remark back on the audience. “You’re breathtaking!” Reeves said to applause. “You’re all breathtaking!”
The person responsible for yelling out the initial “You’re breathtaking!” has since acquired the promise of a free collector’s edition of the game straight from the Powers That Be.
See the new “cinematic trailer” for Cyberpunk 2077, out April 16th of next year, below.
Next up, Reeves will be heard among the voice cast for Pixar’s Toy Story 4.
Cyberpunk’s creator says Keanu Reeves has made a Cyberpunk movie ‘much more of a possibility’
Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the Cyberpunk tabletop, recently stated in a VGN interview, that having Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 has opened new possibilities. One of them is a chance for a Hollywood movie.
“I can’t really say anything on [movie rights]. But with Keanu Reeves being tied up in things, it’s become much more of a possibility.”
When CD Project Red, the developers of Cyberpunk 2077, asked if any more Hollywood actors could appear in the game, they answered by saying “no comment.”
“There are things in video games that have much higher impact than I’ll ever have in tabletop. And that will change if we ever do a film for this thing”
There was a rumor regarding the appearance of Lady Gaga in the game, but so far we had no official confirmation. Honestly I think Lady Gaga would fit perfectly in the Cyberpunk universe.
“My favorite film is Blade Runner, but I recognize inherently that it’s a cerebral film and 2049 was even more cerebral. A cerebral film is not necessarily going to allow other people to enter that space and understand it, but at the same time you don’t want to do it totally action either.”
Honestly a movie could be great, especially if the game is a success and if we look at CDPR’s previous titles, then chances are this game will be as well.
You can also check the whole interview here, which by the way is quite lengthy.
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E3 2019: Cyberpunk 2077 adds Keanu Reeves; Coming April 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is finally coming.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the most anticipated games of the generation for almost a decade… and we finally know when it’s releasing.
CD Projket Red’s highly anticipated sci-fi RPG will finally release on April 16th, 2020 but that’s not the only piece of news! Xbox’s E3 show had the pleasure of debuting a new cast member for Cyberpunk 2077. The man, the myth, the legend… Keanu Reeves! John Wick himself will join the Blade Runner-esque RPG next year as a new character named Johnny Silverhand.
Reeves came out on stage to grace the audience with his presence and hyped up the game some more before showing a gameplay trailer with the release date. You can take a look at it below.
If you’re looking to spend a ton of money, you can also purchase the collector’s edition which you can read about below.
“The game’s Collector’s Edition is also available for pre-order and comes packed with a number of high-quality collectibles. These include a 25 cm / 10 inch statue depicting the game’s protagonist — V — in action, a steelbook case, a hardcover art book, and more. The Collector’s Edition comes in an impressive box made to look like one of the megabuildings towering over Night City.”
Cyberpunk 2077 will release on April 16th, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Doesn’t Want Keanu Reeves To Sing In The Game
The Matrix actor Keanu Reeves will be appearing in Cyberpunk 2077 as a major character who fronts his own rock band, but don’t expect him to belt out a tune or two: developer CD Projekt RED doesn’t want Reeves to sing his own songs in the sci-fi opus. Reeves confirmed his appearance in the game during Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference, where he appeared on stage to rapturous applause from those in attendance.
As someone in the audience said, he’s “breathtaking.”
Cyberpunk 2077 Won’t See Keanu Reeves Singing
Reeves plays Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077, and his in-game band is known as Samurai. However, speaking during a chat with IGN, the John Wick star confirmed that he won’t be getting a chance to get his Freddie Mercury on during the game. Still, players will be getting plenty of Reeves in the game, as he has the most dialogue in Cyberpunk 2077 aside from the main character.
“No, they don’t want me to sing,” said Reeves. “You know, we have a bit of time, so maybe we’ll see what happens. Maybe the lead singer of the band will let me have some kind of influence in there. We’ll see.”
Elsewhere, Reeves said that the studio is allowing him to “collaborate a little bit” on his character, stating: “It was part of the attraction of it for me was that it was not only just my face, but they were asking me to perform a role – and a cool one.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for release on April 16, 2020 for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. While it’s confirmed for current-generation systems, CD Projekt RED has suggested that the game may come to PS5 and Xbox Scarlett at some point down the line.
Set 57 years after the events of Cyberpunk 2020, a tabletop RPG released in 1988, Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in Night City, California, with players controlling a fully customisable Mercenary known as V.
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So, Who Is Johnny Silverhand in ‘Cyberpunk 2077’? – ScreenHub Entertainment
At E3 2019, CD Projekt Red, the highly respected company who published The Witcher franchise, pulled the veil back even more on their highly anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077. Revealed back in 2013, we’ve steadily been getting more information about the game over the past year. This year, we learned that Keanu Reeves himself would feature prominently in the game. But just who is Johnny Silverhand?
At the end of the E3 cinematic trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, the main character, V, finds himself (or herself-depending on player choice), down on the ground, emerging from unconsciousness. V is then confronted by a being, who appears to actually glitch out for a moment. Is V dreaming? The character tells you to “wake the f*ck up Samurai, we have a city to burn.” The being is portrayed by none other than Keanu Reeves, a man seemingly at the height of his career presently thanks to the success of the John Wick films, his standout worthy role in Toy Story 4 and the revival of Bill and Ted in 2020.
Keanu was tapped to play Johnny Silverhand in July 2018, fairly late in a video game development cycle when you consider its April 2020 release date. His involvement with The Matrix films and Johnny Mnemonic were a huge draw in bringing Reeves on board with the project. Keanu just didn’t lend his voice and likeness to the role either; he also did the motion capture for Johnny and got to play around with his mannerisms and behaviours. And Keanu isn’t playing a random cameo or anything either in 2077. Johnny sounds like he’ll be around for a good chunk of the day, being the actor with the 2nd most amount of dialogue in the whole entire game and I would imagine he’s the Cortana of this particular game-Cortana being the AI companion of the Master Chief in the Halo franchise. But even though he’s around you so much, that doesn’t mean Johnny’s alive and well. I say that because Johnny Silverhand is actually dead in the world of Cyberpunk. a dystopian future where mega-corporations rule and crime is blatant at every level. So how is Johnny able to help V?
Despite being a brand new game for CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk isn’t a new IP, as it was a tabletop RPG game created by Mike Pondsmith. Being a role-playing game, there is a lot of lore and history in this universe and that’s where we first got introduced to Johnny in Cyberpunk 2013, which is, as you can see, decades prior to the events of the video game. In this universe, Johnny is a Rockerboy, a subset faction made up of musicians who are inspired by the punk rock movement who fight against authority and corporate sellouts. Johnny was the frontman of a band called Samurai, a “chrome rock” band. V wears a Samurai jacket in all of the promotional material for 2077 at this point in time, suggesting he/she is a fan of the music.
Then in Firestorm Stormfront, which is a sourcebook and adventure book for Cyberpunk 2020, Johnny attacks the Arasaka HQ with the hope of ending the Fourth Corporate War. Johnny is then seemingly killed during the attack, but no one ever found his body, likely due to it being possibly vaporized after a nuke was detonated. This is the reason why we see graffiti that reads “Where’s Johnny?” during the brief, E3 gameplay footage shown after Keanu Reeves revealed the release date for the game at the Microsoft panel, which can be seen in the video embedded below from Kotaku.
But it looks like while Johnny’s body has passed, his digital self seemingly has lived on. Perhaps he downloaded a copy of himself, perhaps he glitched out during the assault, but it seems that only V can see him thanks to information from the E3 demo behind closed doors, which features Johnny showing up in the world but going unnoticed by other NPCs. This can be seen briefly in the gameplay tease at 2:53 of the video above, where Johnny’s gone full Tyler Durden-and if you don’t get that reference, you need to watch Fight Club. Considering the plot of the game involves a chip that could be the key to immortality, per the item descriptions online, it seems that Johnny’s involvement ties directly to that chip we saw in the E3 trailer.
Are you excited for 2077? Or do you feel a bit out of your depth when it comes to the cyberpunk genre? If so, why not check out our breakdown on the genre, see how Night City stacks against other cyberpunk cities, as well as our thoughts and reactions to the gameplay demo from E3 2018.
Cyberpunk 2077 concept art illustrates the trailer’s beginnings
I’ve watched Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 trailer so many times that I’ve now lost count. Each time I do, I spot something I hadn’t before—which is why I find the following concept artwork so interesting. The snapshots below combine to show how CD Projekt Red’s ideas have evolved, and where the E3 trailer began.
Let’s first have another look at the trailer in full, before we match up the concept snapshots with their final iterations below:
First up, the hugging couple/idling car/brawling threesome scene. It features like this above (41 seconds in):
And here’s its concept still. Note the flying car:
Around the 0.59 mark above, we see a group admiring a four-legged robot.
It seems the bot was added later, though, and the meeting here looks more serious in tone.
At 1.01, we see a silver-skinned model/celebrity posing for photographers on a red carpet.
Which isn’t too far off what we see here:
Armed paramedics revive some poor chap at 1.03.
Which again looks pretty similar to this:
At 1.15, an armed robbery goes awry.
But not quite as off-course as this. Poor bastard:
Neat, huh? Here’s a smattering of screenshots that feature on the Cyberpunk 2077 website: