I’ve watched two hours of Cyberpunk 2077 at this point — a one-hour demo at E3 2018, and a one-hour demo at E3 2019. It’s still impossibly cool. Here were our impressions from last year. Here’s my takeaway this year: Keanu Reeves is just the cherry on top.
CD Projekt Red came to E3 with one unexpected and mind-blowing reveal, that Keanu Reeves plays a central role in Cyberpunk 2077 as the apparition of the deceased rockerboy Johnny Silverhand. He’s a ghost in your head, occasionally flickering to life through the (presumed) magic of cyberbiotic implants. He’s there for advice and snark, a bunch of one-liners about how fucked your situation is. It’s charming beyond pure novelty. Keanu feels like a legitimate addition to the cast.
But he’s far from the only reason to be excited. This Cyberpunk 2077 demo focused on gameplay, our deepest look yet at all the ways CD Projekt Red is giving the player options. It was surprisingly light on guns, clearly a conscious effort by the developer to emphatically point out that Cyberpunk 2077 is more than a first-person shooter. Instead, it showcased the clever ways to navigate an environment.
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Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 2019 demo convinces us that Keanu isn’t the only reason to be excited