Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand is a digital ghost in Cyberpunk 2077

Keanu Reeves Cyberpunk 2077

2019 is the year of Keanu Reeves. He’s seen kicking major ass in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and he was hilarious in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe. Soon fans will get to hear him in Toy Story 4 this weekend as Duke Caboom, the stuntman toy. When Reeves was revealed as a character in Cyberpunk 2077 during the Xbox E3 Briefing, the crowd went wild. To add icing on the cake, the actor himself stepped onto the stage to talk about his involvement in the highly anticipated first-person action RPG from CD Projekt Red. YouTuber Peter Sark shouted out from the audience, “You’re breathtaking!” Reeves shouted back with, “You’re breathtaking. You’re all breathtaking.” We know that he’s voicing Johnny Silverhand, but CD Projekt Red team is still quiet about other aspects of the character. However, we were able to get a bit more information during E3.

Cyberpunk 2077 will feature character customization, and last year’s trailer and demo featured the female version of V. This year, the focus is on the male version. A new trailer premiered during the Xbox E3 Briefing, and at the end, we see a mysterious figure standing above V. He takes off his sunglasses to reveal a familiar face. “Wake up, Samurai,” Johnny Silverhand says. “We have a city to burn.” Is he a friend? During the hour-long demo behind closed doors, we find out that Reeve’s character is actually inside V’s head. Throughout the demo, he acts as a conscience of sorts, especially during tense moments.

If you look at the trailer at the 3:45 mark, you’ll see a glitch, as if he’s not really there. It turns out that Johnny has been dead for quite some time. (He died 53 years before the events of the game.) He appears as a digital ghost thanks to a chip inside your head.

Johnny is a vital character and has the most lines, second to V. Keanu Reeves spent 15 days recording dialogue for the game, according to CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski during the E3 Coliseum chat with Geoff Keighley. We won’t complain about Reeves following us around everywhere we go. He even says during the character customization, “Come on, you really think they give a rat’s dick about how you look?”

At the end of the demo, it’s revealed that your character can enter cyberspace and into the deep net. Think of it like tapping into the Matrix. The small chip inside your head is just a small puzzle. A character in the game says that those who venture into the other side do not return. Of course, we’re thinking, what can happen there? If V does return, will the character become even more powerful? We’ll find out soon enough.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be available for the PS4, Xbox One and PC on April 16, 2020.

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