Revealed on Sunday night by the star of the moment (and forever, in our hearts) Keanu Reeves, the actor will be performing in CDPR’s next ambitious role-playing game. While the trailer which showed off his presence in the game didn’t reveal much, you couldn’t be blamed for believing Reeves’ performance to be a cameo to stir hype around the already highly anticipated title. But according to those in attendance at CDPR’s behind-closed-doors gameplay presentation, Keanu Reeves will be taking up a much large part of the game than we expected.
Reeves will be playing a character called Johnny Silverhand and fans of the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020 (on which 2077 is based) will recognise him as a fairly important character who tried to end the Fourth Corporate War, a massive undertaking in the Cyberpunk universe. Silverhand will be appearing in 2077 as a hologram that’s being projected by a chip placed in the player character’s mind. This hologram will have a prominent relationship with V, who you’ll play as, guiding them through key moments of the game’s narrative and offering advice on how best to proceed.
To be clear, the actual physical Johnny Silverhand is dead, torn apart by an auto-shotgun back in 2020, his body vapourised when Araska HQ is destroyed by a nuclear explosion. In this way, his hologram is almost a digital ghost, a footprint left behind by the character. Figuring out the mystery of why Silverhand is in your head in the first place is reportedly a large part of the game’s central narrative, meaning that players will be blessed with far more Keanu than originally expected.
Last Updated: June 12, 2019
June 12, 2019 at 11:21
Remember kids, no pre-orders!
June 12, 2019 at 11:34
He’ll come back to life if someone hurts a puppy
For the Emperor!
June 12, 2019 at 11:34
Hope it turns out better than Peter Dinklage in that stupid game, Destiny…
June 12, 2019 at 11:46
POUR SOME KEANU ON MEEEEEEE!!!
Bring it. Didnt even think I could be more keen for this game until Sunday happened…
Llama In The Rift
June 12, 2019 at 09:59
I thought about this idea last night…had to be a connection from all the Johnny Silverhand music popping up in the trailers and gameplay demo from 2018.
Interesting to check on the steam page describing a bit more of the story, its as follows: “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”
Maybe a connection between that chip and Johnny?