You have to give it to CD Projekt Red for keeping the involvement of Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 such a closely guarded secret. It’s exactly why seeing the John Wick actor, both in-game and on-stage, blew everyone away. Suffice to say, expectations of Cyberpunk 2077 have only risen in the past few months but so have of Reeves as far as CD Projekt Red is concerned.
While speaking with GameSpot in a recent interview, John Mamais, head of the Kraków-based division, stated that the reaction to Reeves was completely unprecedented. In fact, the enormous reaction only forced the Polish developer to review what more can be done with the loveable actor in Cyberpunk 2077.
Strange as it is, CD Projekt Red wasn’t expecting the internet to make such a big deal out of Reeves, who plays Johnny Silverhand, a major character having an integral part in the storyline. As Mamais put it, a role was defined for Reeves and a deal was made. CD Projekt Red, or at least its marketing team, is now trying to figure out how to capitalize on the hype before the official launch next year. From the looks of it, had the studio realized beforehand how massive the reveal would have gone, Reeves would have been asked to do a lot more.
I think the deal is kind of locked down. We defined what his role was going to be and we’re sticking to that. But the reception has been huge. I didn’t expect it to be so huge. [The marketing team] are probably sitting around now thinking about what else can we do with Keanu because it was so well received.
CD Projekt Red is a studio that never compromises on lore and storytelling. The developer is attaching a narrative to the multiplayer component, which won’t release unless “it fits the lore” of Night City. Even when it came to designing the world, the developers had to go through every movie and novel ever released in the cyberpunk genre to give every street or alleway a history.
The very nature of CD Projekt Red catering to its faithful followers makes it obvious that Reeves wasn’t asked to play Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077 for kicks or to pull crowds. He is core to the entire narrative and will be making frequent appearances while communicating with the main protagonist — you — throughout the game. CD Projekt Red has even described Reeves as a supporting protagonist, which should further clarify just how important Reeves’ role is in Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2019. You can place a pre-order in the meantime and get ready to hear out what Reeves has to say on day one.