Since Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference, we haven’t stopped thinking about Keanu Reeves. The Reeves-surgence is in full swing thanks to John Wick (and to his excellent appearance in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe), and now CD Projekt Red has somehow had the foresight to include him in Cyberpunk 2077. From the trailer, though, it wasn’t clear how big a role Reeves’ character would have in the game.
During a behind-closed-doors presentation at E3 2019, we saw nearly an hour of Cyberpunk 2077 footage that strongly indicates Reeves has a very big role in the game’s story. He plays Johnny Silverhand, a major character from the Cyberpunk 2020 universe (the tabletop game on which 2077 is based). In the demo we saw, Johnny appears as a hologram that’s apparently in your character’s head, and he acts as a guide of sorts through key moments.
This is less weird than it might sound; your character, V, has a biochip embedded in their brain, and that’s apparently where Johnny resides. But because it’s in your brain, it stands to reason that Johnny will be sticking around for a significant part of the game. That is way more Keanu Reeves than we expected at first, and it’s looking like that’s a very good thing.
Cyberpunk 2077 now has a release date: April 16, 2020. Look out for more Cyberpunk news as E3 goes on, including how the team got Keanu Reeves involved in the first place.