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Keanu Reeves Revealed As Star Of Cyberpunk 2077 In E3 Announcement

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Cyberpunk 2077 Announcement at E3

E3, the premier video game conference in the world, is popular for the shocking reveals that take place there. The tens of thousands of people who flock to the event each year always in for a treat. This year, Keanu Reeves stole the show by announcing his role in Cyberpunk 2077.

CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of this generation. This is a game that fans have been anticipating for years. Cyberpunk 2077 is the follow up to the company’s award winning RPG “The Witcher 3”.

While onstage at E3 in Los Angeles, Reeves described his involvement in the game. The actor revealed that CD Projekt Red approached him about playing a role in Cyberpunk 2077.

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Action movie star Keanu Reeves appears onstage at E3 to make a major announcement about his role in the upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Photo Credit: CD Projekt Red

He said that he was excited by the fascinating story and the world that CD Projekt Red created. He also revealed some details about the mechanics of the game. Reeves said that the game will have a branching storyline. You will also be able to customize your character through in game choices.

Reeves described the setting of the game as a “metropolis of the future where body modification has become an obsession.”

“You play as an outlaw, an enhanced mercenary working in the sleazy underbelly of the city,” Reaves said.

Reeves then directed the crowd’s attention toward the trailer playing on the large screen behind him. A promotion at the end of the trailer revealed the release date as April 16, 2020.

Reeves Gaming History

While this may seem like an unprecedented announcement, Reeves has been in numerous other games. Many of his movies ended up making very successful video game renditions. This is actually rare in the industry considering that many video game renditions of Hollywood properties fall flat.

His first appearance in a video game was actually way back in 1991, for the NES game “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. That same year, a Bill & Ted title was released for the handheld Game Boy as well. The Game Boy release was called, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Game Boy Adventure: A Bogus Journey.”

The very next year, in 1992 Reeves found himself as the face of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. A few years later, Reaves stared in the blockbuster trilogy “The Matrix,” which inspired numerous video games. Later, in 2005, Keanu starred in “Constantine: The Video Game,” which was also based on one of his films.

The actor has a longer resume in the video game industry than many of his fans might expect. However, this is the first time a game developer hired him for a role he didn’t play in a film.

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Keanu Reeves character in Cyberpunk 2077 revealed as Johnny Silverhand in a trailer shown at E3 2019 in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: CD Projekt Red

Keanu Reeves Is Johnny Silverhand

Reeves did not reveal much about his character onstage at E3, but a developer gave GameSpot some of the details.

Reeves will reportedly play the character of Johnny Silverhand. CD Projekt Red describes Silverhand as a “legendary rockerboy”. The character is named Silverhand because he has a silver robotic arm.

Silverhand is one of the main characters in the game, so he will likely be making frequent appearances.

In addition to providing the voice and likeness of Silverhand, Keanu also performed full-body motion capture.

CD Projekt Red

In December 2015, CD Projekt Red won the “Developer of the Year” award at The Game Awards 2015. The company’s most popular franchise is “The Witcher,” which has sold over 33 million copies as of 2017.

The company has based its new game on the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop system created by Mike Pondsmith.

CD Projekt Red says that Cyberpunk 2077 will be “far bigger” than The Witcher 3, which is well-known for its massive size.

Cyberpunk 2077 is finally releasing on April 16, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, it is important to note that there are some stipulations with the PC version. The PC version of the game will only be available for digital download, and no hard disk copies will be sold. This means that there will be no collectors edition for gamers in the United States.

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