Cyberpunk 2077: The 5th Night City Wire takes a closer look at Johnny Silverhand, gameplay, behind-the-scenes goodies and more
CD PROJEKT RED recently dropped some fresh content for gamers to digest regarding the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. From behind the scenes footage to a 5-minute gameplay trailer, there’s quite a lot to talk about. Needless to say, it’s breathtaking stuff.
A new Johnny Silverhand Trailer
Keanu Reeves has come off as one of the biggest talking points of Cyberpunk 2077 ever since the reveal of his involvement during 2019’s E3 show, with his character Johnny Silverhand taking centre stage in this trailer. The trailer hints at the unexplainable mystery of how Johnny ended up inside protagonist V’s head. Glimpses of Johnny’s past life also surfaced, displaying flashbacks of his high time of being a rockstar and his past activities. Towards the end of the video, the two could be seen exchanging dialogue, displaying mutual feelings of “agreeing to disagree” to put it lightly.
Behind the Scenes: Keanu Reeves
Viewers were treated to footage of Keanu in action bringing Johnny Silverhand to life. It was commendable to see the extent of how much the actor devoted himself for the motion capture (mocap) process. Keanu can be seen clean-shaven, portraying various dynamic expressions and poses. He also went on to reveal how intriguing the world of Cyberpunk 2077 was; that players could really play it however they want due to the sheer amount of freedom provided.
Dev Insights: Bringing Johnny Silverhand to life
CD PROJEKT RED’s English Adaptation Director, Borys Pugacz - Muraszkiewicz walked through about how the character casting process came to be. Various people from actual rockstars, to big-time Hollywood actors were considered. As this was something that Keanu hadn’t really done before, Borys commended Keanu for his professionalism and ability to bang out a stunning performance to crystalize Johnny Silverhand. He summed it all as being a real out of this world experience working together with the renowned actor.
Behind the Scenes: Score and Soundtrack
The composers at CD PROJEKT RED collaborated with many other musicians and artists alike to ensure that players would be treated to an immersive audio experience. The score and soundtrack were diligently and meticulously crafted to ensure a believable world could be created. For gamers looking to get into gear for its release, the Original Score EP was recently released, featuring 6 tracks. The EP is available now across popular digital music streaming and distribution platforms.
Behind the Scenes: JALI
In this video, fans can find a little bit more about JALI; an innovative technological solution that was utilized to provide immersive facial and lip-sync animations for the characters. As the game supports 11 fully localized languages, this solution was paramount to preserving the overall playing experience.
Digital Goodies and Rewards
Players will also be pleased to know that there will be a “My Rewards” program that allows in-game goodies to be redeemed regardless of which platform you’re playing on. More items will also be added in the future. Who doesn’t like free stuff right?
As the cherry on top, a fresh gameplay trailer was also dropped. The 5-minute video provided a glimpse of some combat footage, alongside short previews of the game’s branching conversation options and robust character customization system. This latest trailer also provided a little bit more clarity on the game’s overall plot premise. Snippets of the game’s upgrade system were also showcased, alongside the various playstyles available for players to adopt.
December can’t come Sooner
Cyberpunk 2077 will be available this 10 December on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, andStadia. The game will also be playable on Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5 consoles. A free upgrade to Cyberpunk 2077 will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners to take full advantage of next-gen hardware. For more information, do check out Cyberpunk 2077’s Facebook, Twitter, and their official website.