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Cyberpunk 2077 video goes behind the scenes with Keanu Reeves

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The final episode of Cyberpunk 2077's Night City Wire livestreams kicked off with a new trailer featuring Johnny Silverhand, the cyber-armed rock star portrayed by Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab).

It seems that Silverhand died "forever ago," but not before causing no small amount of trouble in the city. But now he's back, sort of—he's living in your head. It's still not clear how he got there, but it sure seems like he's going to be a big presence in the game.

Reeves went deeper into the character, and his performance, in a behind-the-scenes video showcasing his motion-capture sessions. 

"You get to see Johnny as the rock star, you hear about his military past, and he's fighting for his survival. So he's kind of got all these things leading into the moment of this guy," Reeves says in the video. "It's really kind of an interpretation, because I think there's a Johnny Silverhand in all of us. He's got a lot of energy, he's got a good sense of humor, if a little dark at times. He's very passionate—he cares. He's kind of naïve, but he's also super-experienced in life. He's got, certainly, an appetite for life."

Despite some concerns about last-minute delays, Cyberpunk 2077 remains in track for launch on December 10.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.