The Keanu Reeves reveal at this year's E3 raised up the hype for CD Projekt RED's highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 but the studio hasn't revealed a lot of details about his character, Johnny Silverhands yet. We do know that's he's based on Rockerboy from the tabletop Cyberpunk game and that it's been a long time since he disappeared. CD Projekt RED's UI Director Alvin Liu recently talked about Keanu's character during an interview with WccfTech, and he shared some interesting details about Johnny Silverhands.
"Johnny Silverhand, he was like a super rebellious Rockerboy who is very against mega-corporations, he would happily run in and torch the lobby of a mega building, just throw the torch in the grounds and go ‘Screw you guys!'," Liu said. "He's very different than real life Keanu Reeves."
Liu went on to explain how Keanu's character is deeply rooted in the Cyberpunk lore. "He actually represents what we call Rockerboy from the tabletop Cyberpunk game," he explained. "That was one of the classes, basically a rockstar. That's a lot harder for us to do in the game we're trying to make, you know, you can't spend eight hours talking about preparing for a tour and going across, but we wanted to keep the spirit of the lore, so that's what he represents."
Liu revealed that it's been 50 years since Silverhands disappeared, and went on to tease Keanu's mysterious character. "I don't want to spoil it, but being a digital ghost allows him to not be you know, like 80 or 90 years old. But there's a lot more for you to discover about what's happened to him."
Here's a description of the Cyberpunk 2077 game:
"Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character's cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you."
Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.