CD Projekt Red made one of many largest splashes throughout E3 2019. During Microsoft’s E3 press convention, the developer launched a brand new trailer for its upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Said trailer ended with the reveal that the character Johnny Silverhand is voiced and mo-cap carried out by Keanu Reeves. The acclaimed actor then got here out on stage to substantiate Reeves’ involvement.We sat down with Cyberpunk 2077 lead quest designer Paweł Sasko to speak about Keanu Reeves involvement within the sport and the way the character of Johnny Silverhand developed by way of his involvement. Turns out Johnny is Cyberpunk 2077’s second most essential character, solely following most important protagonist, V. The full interview has been transcribed under, with edits made for coherency. Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to launch for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on April 16, 2020.Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 Cinematic Trailer | Microsoft Press Conference 2019Measurement:640 × 360480 × 270
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Privacy PolicyenterWhy Keanu Reeves?We already had the position of Johnny Silverhand created and ready within the demo, on this story and we knew this character could be essential from the very starting all through the top of the sport. And the factor is that all through your interactions with Johnny Silverhand, you may really craft this relationship in varied alternative ways. Now we knew that, and we had been in search of an actor that would really play this position. And yeah, we had just a few choices, however very, very early, it was nearly a yr in the past there was an thought to only strive [for Keanu].Because the factor is that Keanu’s recognized for taking part in robust characters which can be preventing for one thing. I believe that is a key factor. Let’s say, John Wick, proper? There, he is preventing for survival. Before that, you could have Matrix, the place he was preventing to be freed, for freedom. And earlier than that you just had Johnny Mnemonic. So all these characters had been at all times robust characters that had been preventing for one thing. Thing is, Johnny Silverhand could be very related as a result of he’s a fighter for one thing, he is of a Samurai band. And the Samurai is that this rock band, and [Johnny] is a really charismatic man that simply goes in and acts with a gun in hand.And so we had been in search of an actor that will match that. And our enterprise department of CD Projekt Red, they advised, “Okay, let’s try [Keanu].” Because [he fit], however we mentioned, “No, that will never work out. That’s just impossible.” But we determined to go for it. So our enterprise department contacted him and we began speaking to him and we despatched just a few folks to his workplace to point out him what [Cyberpunk 2077] is, what the position of Johnny Silverhand is. We had been really stunned as a result of he picked up on that character pretty rapidly, and he even began suggesting, “Okay, maybe I could act like this or that.” And we noticed that he was entering into the position, actually entering into it. So, after all, we nailed down all the small print relating to contract and so forth. Our enterprise department took care of it, fortunately, they managed to do this.So we bought Keanu on the set. We had him go well with up. Put him into the animation studio simply to see how he seems. We scanned him utterly to recreate him within the sport, and he authorized the mannequin of Johnny Silverhand–the one which we confirmed within the [E3 2019 trailer] and in addition the one that’s within the [private E3 2019 demo]. In the longer model, you see the position that Johnny’s taking part in within the sport, as a result of he is essential. He’s really the one that’s main V all through many various encounters. He has his personal agenda, he isn’t at all times very nice and he isn’t at all times your buddy. He’s this digital ghost, and you’re seeing him whereas others will not be.We Saw Even More Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay | E3 2019Measurement:640 × 360480 × 270
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Privacy PolicyenterJohnny Silverhand was killed in 2020. He was killed by Adam Smasher in Arasaca Towers and immediately he is showing right here [in 2077] and he has a really robust reference to the chip that V is attempting to steal. That CGI trailer is part of the sport, really. You can play it as a quest within the sport. And [the trailer is] mainly the connection between V and Johnny all through the sport. Now once we began recording Keanu, he was entering into the character and we’re like, “Wow, okay, he’s already picking it up.” And he was really excited by the way it works out. [Keanu is] not likely a man that could be a gamer, however he is really actually excited by video games. And he is tremendous intelligent and really open. He’s very humble. That’s one other factor that I can discuss in a second, however he is very open, you already know? And once we began speaking about and in search of [Johnny’s mannerisms] Keanu had quite a lot of recommendations for traces.And then we gave him traces, and our adaptation director launched him to the scene–explaining what occurs just like the director for a movie–Keanu began performing and mentioned, “I would like to suggest this thing or that thing, or I would actually play it like this or that.” And he is additionally the man who can take suggestions very nicely, you already know, I believe he is used to it, being directed, but in addition attempting to search for his personal imaginative and prescient for the character. And very, fairly often he was suggesting, “Okay, yeah we should change this because that sounds more natural, that will be better,” and so forth.And so he was a extremely good asset within the staff. So we recorded the traces after which put collectively the demo the place you may really see Johnny Silverhand with the physique, with the voice, and it really turned out very well. I imply, it wasn’t excellent that first time and we needed to do some tweaks on each his aspect and our aspect. But there have been issues that labored out nearly immediately. And we began actually liking this character. And the factor is, on the very starting we had this imaginative and prescient for Johnny Silverhand, however it was a unique imaginative and prescient. It was not utterly totally different, however the Johnny Silverhand that now we have within the sport, it is the model that Keanu noticed, or considered, or felt that will match.So [Johnny] is a bit totally different than how we initially imagined, however it’s nice. I believe it is simply because [Keanu is] a superb assist for us. We admire all of the Hollywood expertise he has. Because it is a uncommon factor. Another factor is, all the opposite excessive key actors like this, they are surely laborious to work with. We labored with quite a lot of stars prior to now for [some of the Witcher games] and for Cyberpunk, however working with Keanu is manner higher. Because he can take suggestions. He’s humble. He’s not attempting to be a star or be somebody of an enormous caliber. It’s simply actually good to work with him.I believe he was interviewed by IGN and so they requested him, if he anticipated such a response on the [E3 stage]. And one of many issues he mentioned was, “Nah, it’s not me. It’s CD Projekt and Cyberpunk. People love them.” And I imply, I do know that folks like CD Projekt. I do know that folks like Cyberpunk and I actually admire it, however he bought that response. I believe he is actually the one human on the earth that may stroll onto a stage and do completely nothing however take a look at the folks and simply make everybody completely lose their shit.Honestly, I assumed I’d be the primary man that bought up when he walked out on a stage, however I used to be in all probability the final one. The complete crowd was already standing.Our workplace exploded throughout that second. I do not know in the event you’re prepared to speak about it, however may you describe what about Johnny’s characterization has reworked since Keanu’s involvement?I imply I may, however I in all probability should not.Totally advantageous. You spoke earlier than about how Johnny is that this digital ghost. So, is he alongside for the experience inside V? And is he there for almost all of the sport, like from starting to finish, or is Johnny launched nearer to midway by way of the story?No, no, no, it is not midway. [Johnny’s introduction] occurs on the finish of the prologue–which is lengthy. It’s a considerable a part of the sport, however it’s nonetheless very early. It’s not immediately, however it’s after the occasions from the CGI trailer. Like that trailer is definitely part of the sport. You really play by way of it in first individual and play by way of the occasions that result in that second when V wakes up within the landfill and see Johnny Silverhand in entrance of you saying, “Hey, wake up Samurai, we have a city to burn.”So Keanu is in a band. Johnny was part of a band in Cyberpunk 2020. Are we going to listen to Keanu sing in Cyberpunk 2077?Oh, I am unable to discuss it at this level.Figured I’d strive. Was it at all times the plan to have Keanu be part of that E3 reveal?Oh yeah. When we knew we had him within the sport, we knew we had been going to make use of him in a manner that will actually present how a lot we’re investing on this undertaking and its characters… So the [E3 idea] took place pretty early from our advertising and marketing staff. Just have him stroll on the stage with a extremely large bang to only make a big impression. And to be trustworthy, our advertising and marketing staff, they’re wizards. Like, I do not know the way they did it. I’d not have give you that concept.And so there was this second once we actually needed to be very cautious, and make these particulars would not slip to the press in any manner as a result of if that they had leaked in any manner, everyone would have simply mentioned, “Cool, it’s Keanu. We already knew he was coming.”And you someway saved it utterly secret.Yeah. We saved it for nearly a yr. And it was simply at a conspiracy degree for us.Considering every thing that did leak previous to E3 2019, it is spectacular.Yeah, we had been utilizing code names and all types of issues to only ensure that no one ever leaked it. We had strict guidelines in methods to seek advice from him simply to ensure that no one heard about this, as a result of it was simply such an enormous factor. And yeah, it really labored out.With Johnny in your head, Cyberpunk 2077 form of looks like just a few different video games, like Portal with GLaDOS or Halo with Cortana. Is Johnny a static passenger who’s solely alongside for the experience or does he usually work together with and evolve alongside V?No. I perceive from the place these comparisons are coming from and so they’re in all probability justified, however within the sport, John Silverhand performs a totally totally different position. He’s a protagonist and antagonist on the similar time. He has his personal agenda. There are issues he desires from life. Like he was a man who was a freedom fighter, however from the attitude of the companies in 2020 he’s in all probability seen as a terrorist. And the hearth in him, like the road that he says–“Wake up Samurai, we have a city to burn.” Yeah. He’s fucking critical. He is devoted and he has his personal targets and the factor is that he isn’t this passenger that’s accompanying you, he tries to manage you, he tries to affect you in very alternative ways and it is actually the participant’s resolution in relation to what extent.I do not wish to say extra right here as a result of I must spoil that most important story and that is an especially essential little bit of the sport, however mainly the way in which that V pertains to Johnny, what they do collectively, what they determine on collectively, that is a extremely essential a part of the sport and relying in your decisions you may have totally different penalties and this relationship will develop barely otherwise. And on the finish, the epilogue of the sport, the result of your story is determined by what you could have accomplished with [that relationship].So due to that, I do not assume the Cortana reference or the GLaDOS one is justified. I do not wish to inform you extra. I wish to clarify how Johnny is totally different, however then I must inform you precisely what occurs. I’d destroy the enjoyable of the sport for you in two minutes.I’d should signal an NDA earlier than I left right here.Exactly.So is Johnny simply one other aspect character in V’s story or one thing extra?Johnny Silverhand is among the major characters. I’d say somebody like Jackie is a secondary character compared to Johnny Silverhand. Johnny Silverhand is totally one of many largest characters within the sport. Like the one one larger is V, the primary character of the sport. Like Johnny Silverhand is a second [main character], and the actually essential one. He is there all through many of the sport; seen and current and interacting with the participant in a extremely significant manner. So yeah, I believe you guys shall be stunned really what now we have accomplished with [V and Johnny’s] relationships. I’m actually joyful about it, as a result of I’m engaged on the quests which can be permitting the participant to deepen the connection between Johnny and V in some particular methods.So yeah, these are the quests that I designed and am implementing myself. I simply liked them. So I simply hope the gamers shall be glad.Is Johnny one thing that solely V sees and interacts with or will we see Johnny having an outward impact on different characters and occasions within the sport?So, sure and no. The factor is that Johnny as a digital ghost is seen solely by V. But it doesn’t imply that he would not have an effect on different characters. But to inform you how, I must disclose the primary storyline. So, sure, he is large within the sport and he is essential and he has an affect on the opposite characters and on the world round him, however that’s as a lot as I can say. But sure, he’s seen solely by V. But by way of V he can do far more issues and that is part of their relationship. I’d name it a play, they’re every pushing the opposite, you already know, making a little bit of battle of their relationship. What you’ll do with that’s as much as you.So like two psyches in a single physique, form of manner?You may say so, yeah. But I do not wish to say extra.

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