One of the highlights of this E3 and arguably the most powerful celebrity cameo in video game history was the confirmation of Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077. His appearance has obviously given rise to a lot of questions, most important one being regarding his role within the game itself.
A tweet from SkillUp supposedly claims to know what exactly Keanu Reeves will be doing in Cyberpunk 2077:
The big news I can now share about #cyberpunk is that Keanu isn't some random cameo. He's your side kick for the ENTIRE game.
And he lives inside your head.
— Skill Up at #E3 (@SkillUpYT) June 12, 2019
CD Projekt Red too has discussed the role of Keanu in the game in multiple interview and has emphasized the importance of the game throughout the main story. Now if you aren’t very familiar with the lore of Cyberpunk itself, Mr. Reeves is portraying Johnny Silverhand. Johnny was a rockstar and a rebel who died in the original events of the board game before 2077.
This is the giveaway that suggests that he’s not actually physically present in the trailer. This is further reinforced by the visual flicker he has when standing over the player character. Now that could also be a glitch in the protagonist’s cybernetics but it also means Silverhand’s just in your head.
Johnny Silverhand isn’t a fan service cameo, he is, in fact, one of the main parts of the game itself. This is because he lives inside a chip in the player’s head similar to Cortana in the Halo series. Just way more badass.
Does this mean he’ll support everything you do as your AI companion? Or will he be the player’s moral compass? These are the questions only the game’s release will answer.
The Cyberpunk 2077 release date is set for May next year but the hype that Mr. Reeves has now brought, it has made the wait really damn difficult. Keanu might not be playable in the original game however, once Cyberpunk 2077 mod support arrives, we definitely would definitely want a mode where Keanu Reeves will be playable.
The Cyberpunk 2077 E3 showcase didn’t confirm any sort of Cyberpunk 2077 playable demo. The trailer itself was cinematic with no showcase of a demo either at the conference or available online at a later time. Pre-orders were opened up alongside the Cyberpunk 2077 collector’s edition reveal but that’s about it.
Back to the topic, I’m estimating that our interaction with Mr. Reeves aka Johnny Silverhand will be similar to how the Joker functioned in Arkham Knight. Except this time, I’m hoping the mirage actually helps us. It would also be interesting if the interaction was like Fight Club.