There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Cyberpunk is on a lot of people’s radars. Many would even consider it their most anticipated game over the past couple of years. Everyone already knew that CD Projekt Red would be showing their new futuristic shooter at E3 this year, but man, they played an amazing trailer. To everyone’s surprise, at the end of said trailer, there was a surprise celebrity guest cameo from the man, the myth, the legend himself, Keanu Reeves.
Keanu Reeves voice and likeness was used for this unnamed character, and it got a lot of people cheering within the conference hall. Why is this such a big deal though? It’s hard to deny that Keanu Reeves is really at the height of his popularity. Yes, Keanu has never really left the limelight, but due to his cult following growing even bigger, and his meme-ability over the past few years, he’s on a lot of favourite actors list. But why is this such a big deal? Well, a lot of people who might not be into hardcore gaming, or huge RPG’s like Cyberpunk, might see Keanu, someone they know and love, and might become interested in the game and what it has to offer. There have been a few games that have had recognisable faces that I have eventually bought.
The decision to add Keanu Reeves into Cyberpunk feels very selective. Because of his popularity, but also because he is such a capable actor when it comes to doing physical stunts with fighting and weapons. He also stars in movies within the same dystopian future settings like The Matrix and Johnny Mnemonic. With motion capture happening so much more in games, it means that actors and voice actors are going to have to take much more of a physical role when it comes to acting in video games. Although motion capture is usually used in bigger budget games, it will be interesting to see if more and more movie and television actors are going to be in video games.
Getting Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 just feels like a very deliberate and good decision. I’m sure it got a few more eyes on this game. Cyberpunk 2077 launches April 16th, 2020.