Keanu Reeves is more than a cameo in Cyberpunk 2077

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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.

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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.

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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

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