Cyberpunk 2077 gets new trailer, info about Keanu Reeves, soundtrack, facial animation at Night City Wire

Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077
Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077 (Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

What you need to know

  • Cyberpunk 2077 is an ambitious open world sci-fi RPG coming later this year from CD Projekt RED.
  • In the lead-up to launch, the game has hosted Night City Wire streams to share more information about the game.
  • The latest (and last) Night City Wire gave us more information about Johnny Silverhand, soundtracks, and facial animations.
  • There's a brand-new trailer, and a ton of behind-the-scenes videos to watch as well.

Cyberpunk 2077 isn't that far away anymore, slated to release on December 10, 2020 for all platforms, but that isn't stopping CD Projekt RED from sharing even more information about this hotly anticipated game, during the latest and last episode of Night City Wire. During this episode, we got new gameplay, trailers, Keanu Reeves-action, and further information on parts of the game we already had tidbits of information about.

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To begin, we have a new official gameplay trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, which gives us a look at the game's brutal combat and shooting mechanics, character creator, world, and even the levelling and perk system that looks incredibly deep. Players will be able to customize their characters to be whatever and whoever they want, be it a gun-slinging warrior, stealthy hacker, explosive vigilante, or any combination and so much more.

The second trailer is on Johnny Silverhand, the in-game character played by Keanu Reeves, who lives inside the main character's head after a near-death experience. Johnny Silverhand has been dead for a long time, but his soul lives on, and he has his own agenda, alongside a soundtrack from his in-game band SAMURAI. Of course, I probably had you at Keanu Reeves.

Keanu Reeves debuts his video game performance with Cyberpunk 2077, playing as Johnny Silverhand. In this behind-the-scenes video, he shares more about his experiences, who Johnny Silverhand is, and just how involved he is with this character's creation. The answer: a lot. Johnny Silverhand will have multiple behaviors, tons of lines, and is a integral part of Cyberpunk 2077's story.

We also got a new look at Cyberpunk 2077's soundtrack. We already knew a lot about the in-game soundtrack, in that a ton of real world artists use in-game pseudonyms to build unique, exclusive tracks for Night City, which will play on the radio, and in the world. However, we learned even more about the soundtrack beyond that, including:

  • Over 7 and a half hours of music for the original ambient score
  • Over 150 exclusive tracks for the soundtrack
  • A specific mode for streamers that disables select copyrighted songs
  • A free 6-song soundtrack EP available right now on major streaming platforms

We already knew about JALI, the advanced AI that means Cyberpunk 2077 has high quality, localized lip syncing and facial animations for at least 10 languages across the game, but we get another behind-the-scenes look at how this tech works, and why it's so incredibly impressive.

Finally, Cyberpunk 2077 comes with a bunch of digital rewards just for buying the game, to thank players for being patient and coming with CD Projekt RED on this journey, but there will also be in-game rewards for Cyberpunk 2077 and other CD Projekt RED games, just for playing and connecting your GOG account. These rewards will be available to everyone, and will be expanded with more details in the future.

Zachary Boddy
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