CD Projekt Red blew up E3 2019 with the reveal that Keanu Reeves has a really large half in subsequent 12 months’s Cyberpunk 2077. Reeves stole the show (though Ikumi Nakamura arguably stole it back through the reveal of Ghostwire Tokyo throughout Bethesda’s press conference) when he appeared on stage throughout Microsoft’s E3 press conference. We later discovered later simply how extensively we’ll be Reeves-visiting his character, Cyberpunk 2020 mainstay Johnny Silverhand: Reeves is the second-most prolific character in the game, after participant character V.
Johnny’s presence in the story runs throughout the game, lead quest designer Pawel Sasko advised GameSpot through the present. He’s a “digital ghost” who resides in V’s head, which implies he’ll pop up usually to quip about stuff and to present you a little bit of steering as you play the sport. But Johnny is a personality in his personal proper, too. He has an agenda of his personal that does not essentially align with V’s, and the way you form your relationship with him by means of the alternatives you make will likely be impactful on the story because it develops.
There’s a whole lot of backstory about Johnny in Cyberpunk 2020, the pen-and-paper RPG from which Cyberpunk 2077 is customized. Before he existed as your almost-imaginary good friend, he was a revolutionary and the lead singer of the band Samurai. He died in one of many Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebooks, however although he lacks corporeal kind, he nonetheless speaks and seems to V within the sport.
Johnny’s musical background raises one important query, nevertheless: Will we get to listen to Keanu Reeves serenade us once we play Cyberpunk?
“Oh, I can’t talk about it at this point,” Sasko stated when our Jordan Ramée put the query to him.
But it isn’t like Cyberpunk 2077 is not acknowledging Johnny’s musical legacy everywhere. Look at how loaded this screenshot launched throughout E3 is:
A guitarist taking part in beneath a giant graffiti signal asking about Johnny? Could they be any extra apparent about establishing Johnny Silverhand’s music on the planet? They may as effectively simply come out and launch a trailer of Keanu singing proper now. Like as we speak. Like later this night. They’re not fooling anybody.
There was additionally some provocative set dressing within the room the place CD Projekt despatched journalists to hang around whereas they waited for his or her demo:
It’s a tough picture (sorry, my fault), however you may clearly see a Silverhand document displayed right here, plus an precise guitar. Johnny is likely to be useless in Cyberpunk, however the preponderance of circumstantial proof I’ve gathered suggests his music is alive and effectively in 2077. And what has music? That’s proper: video video games.
And you do not rent freakin’ Keanu “Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan” Reeves as a cyborg singer in a band that is central to the franchise and simply, like, not ask him to sing, proper? That can be, and I can’t stress this sufficient, absolute insanity.
This can be particularly ridiculous as a result of Keanu is an precise singer! He was in a band! When he shreds air guitar in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, that is (most likely) not acting–he is aware of find out how to play guitar!
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And then there’s essentially the most obvious piece of pro-Keanu-crooning (Krooneanu) proof: CD Projekt dodging the query. If Reeves does not sing in Cyberpunk, would not Sasko have simply stated so? Saying he cannot speak about it means there’s one thing to speak about, and that factor is that Keanu sings on this sport, most likely to you particularly as a result of he lives in your head: a non-public live performance in your mind, and by extension, your front room (or wherever your PC is I suppose).
The items all add up. I’m calling it: Keanu sings confirmed.