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Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077: who’s Johnny Silverhand?

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Keanu Reeves – the much-beloved star of The Matrix, John Wick and Invoice & Ted – has signed as much as seem in a sport referred to as Cyberpunk 2077. He’ll play a personality named Johnny Silverhand. If you happen to’re a fan of Reeves however do not know a lot concerning the sport, you have come to the precise place for some tried solutions.

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming sport for PS4, Xbox One and PC. It was developed by CD Projekt Crimson, the makers of The Witcher online game collection. It is the sequel to a table-top RPG referred to as Cyberpunk 2020, which was printed by R Talsorian Video games in 1988. As you might need guessed from the titles, Cyberpunk 2077 is ready 57 years after Cyberpunk 2020.

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The character that Reeves is taking part in, Johnny Silverhand, seems in each the table-top sport and the upcoming online game. So let’s take a look at what occurred within the traditional sport, how Reeves’ position within the new sport was revealed, and what this might imply…

The backstory

The table-top Cyberpunk 2020 sport is ready in a future society that is full of high-tech weapons and cybernetic implants. Johnny Silverhand is one in all many characters within the sport. He is a well-known rockstar with a cybernetic arm, who performed in a band referred to as Samurai, which had hit songs referred to as “Chippin’ In” and “By no means Fade Away”.

Johnny wasn’t only a musician, although. He had beforehand been within the army, serving in a number of conflicts earlier than deserting. When a file label tried to blackmail Johnny concerning his desertion, Johnny signed for a rival label, went solo and launched an album about his struggles, his time at battle and the governmental deceptions he’d witnessed. Johnny turned one thing of a cult hero and an energetic insurgent towards the system, however not with out making some enemies.

In a sequel/growth to Cyberpunk 2020, Johnny was killed by a cyborg murderer named Adam Smasher, who labored for the corrupt chief of Japan, Arasaka Saburō. It is unclear, as we press forward into Cyberpunk 2077, if this growth is taken into account canon. However we might wager that it’s, provided that the CD Projekt Crimson are working intently with R Talsorian Video games on the brand new title.

The reveal

At E3 2019, CD Projekt Crimson revealed that Johnny Silverhand will seem in Cyberpunk 2077 and that Keanu Reeves might be taking part in him. A brand new cinematic trailer for the sport ended with Johnny addressing the down-and-out participant character, who appears to be waking up in a scrap heap.

“Wake the f**okay up Samurai,” Johnny says to the participant. “Now we have a metropolis to burn.” The trailer ends at that time, and as you would possibly count on, the gang at E3 went wild. Then, they went even wilder, as a result of Keanu Reeves himself stepped out onto the stage, together with his full John Wick-length hair on show.

Reeves went on to hype up the sport, praising its “huge open world with a branching storyline”, and “the way you’d be capable of customise your character by means of in-game selections.” He mentioned that strolling by means of the sport’s futuristic metropolis goes to “breathtaking.”

Extra particulars, extra hype

Moreover, an official press launch from CD Projekt Crimson reiterated that Reeves is taking part in the “legendary Rockerboy” Johnny Silverhand within the sport. This prompted Polygon to focus on an official description of Rockerboy-class characters within the tabletop sport, the place they’re summed as “road poets, social consciences and rebels of the 2000’s. With the appearance of digital porta-studios and storage laser disk mastering, each Rocker with a message can take it to the road; put it within the file retailer, bounce it off the comsats.”

Polygon additionally spoke to R Talsorian Video games, the publishers of Cyberpunk 2020, who mentioned this about Keanu’s casting: “There aren’t phrases to explain seeing somebody of Mr. Reeves expertise and legacy selecting up a personality Mike [Pondsmith, Cyberpunk 2020 creator] first launched over thirty years in the past and bringing him to life. As a musician and somebody who believes in making an impression within the phrase, somebody who has identified fame and the best way it may raise and lower, its clear Mr. Reeves can perceive Johnny in a approach few individuals can. We’re past excited.”

It is clear that Reeves has the abilities to play this rebellious rockstar, who obtained caught up in quite a few conflicts (each army and gang-based) earlier than finally being killed. However one factor that no person has defined is precisely how this character, who followers thought had been useless for years, is alive and kicking within the new sport. Let’s take a look at some potentialities…

What does it imply?

The player-character, who’s a cybernetically-enhanced outlaw, was overwhelmed to inside an inch of his life earlier than being roused by Reeves’ Johnny within the trailer. In all the joy, you might need missed an fascinating element: Johnny appears to visually flicker on this scene, in a hologram-glitching-out type of approach.

This might present the reply as to how Johnny is ready to die in Cyberpunk 2020‘s growth and but nonetheless seem in Cyberpunk 2077. Did Johnny dwell on as a hologram, maybe? Is that perhaps one thing that folks can do on this model of the long run? Would possibly he be guiding the participant in a useful however intangible approach?

It has additionally been advised that the player-character has idolised Johnny since childhood and was a giant fan of Johnny’s music. Might it’s potential that this Johnny hologram is definitely a type of futuristic merch that the player-character owns? Or might the player-character maybe be hallucinating his childhood hero? 

All might be revealed when Cyberpunk 2077 launches on 16 April 2020, and till then, we’ll be sure you maintain you up to date as we hear extra…

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