From walking in slow motion to music to saving the day when travel delays strike to wreaking havoc across New York City, Keanu Reeves just seems to make everything better. So why not add the Internet’s favorite dog person to the Internet’s most anticipated video game, Cyberpunk 2077?
Well, at Sunday’s Xbox E3 press conference, that’s precisely what CD Projekt Red did. The studio that brought us The Witcher 3 gave us another extended look at their AAA adaptation of the fan-favorite tabletop RPG through a brutal cinematic trailer featuring nightclub brawls, more ridiculous lingo, betrayals most foul, spider-like cybernetic limbs, and, of course, the man himself, Keanu Reeves.
What role does Keanu play in the game? My brain is apparently full of spiders, so I can only think of the name “Tron Wick.” But maybe he is playing one of the most seminal characters in Cyberpunk‘s lore, the rocker hero Johnny Silverhand. After all, he’s sporting an awfully shiny, silvery artificial limb in the trailer. Keanu’s mystery character offhandedly refers to the player character V as “Samurai,” which is coincidentally the name the mega-popular rock band in the Cyberpunk mythos, fronted by none other than Johnny Silverhand himself. It’s probably a stretch, but it would be beyond cool to see the dystopian sci-fi version of Wyld Stallyns.
In addition to showing off glimpses of gameplay and cinematics, Keanu Reeves himself appeared like a smiling, gossamer avatar of joy to banter with the audience about Cyberpunk 2077 (and graciously dealing with an audience member who shouted out “You’re breathtaking!”) before revealing that the game will hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on April 16, 2020.
Stay tuned to Nerdist for even more details about Cyberpunk 2077 later this week, as well as the latest updates, trailers, and hands-on impressions of your favorite games from this year’s E3.
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