Cyberpunk 2077 was by far the most infamous game of last year, in numerous ways. After an exhaustingly long period of constant delays the game was finally set to launch on Fall 2020, and because of all the intense marketing as well as CDPR’s pre-built reputation over The Witcher series, hype was through the roof. It wouldn’t even be a stretch to consider that Cyberpunk 2077 was one of-if not the most- anticipated game of this generation.
So its unfortunate that things ended up as they did, the issues faced during the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 have been well documented at this point. Unplayable console ports, optimization issues on PC, a plethora of bugs and glitches as well as borderline non-existent AI were just some of the issues mentioned upon the game’s release.
All that aside however, one of the focal points of the game’s marketing was renowned actor Keanu Reeves and his inclusion in Cyberpunk 2077 in the form of Johnny Silverhand. During a shareholder’s call when asked what Keanu Reeves thought of Cyberpunk, President and Joint CEO of CDPR Adam Kicinski mentioned that Keanu Reeves had played Cyberpunk and that he loved the game.
However, in a recent interview while promoting the upcoming Matrix movie, when asked if Keanu Reeves had played Cyberpunk or not, the answer was a shocking no. With him mentioning that he doesn’t play video games at all and that he had only seen a demonstration of the game. The Full Interview From The Verge is attatched Below.
This is probably going to come as a surprise for a lot of players out there but its a nice little bowtie to the story of Cyberpunk 2077(so far). Personally, I enjoyed what I played of Cyberpunk 2077, as a massive fan of Cyberpunk media like Blade Runner, Ghost in The Shell, Akira, etc. Cyberpunk 2077 gave me exactly the kind of fantasy I wanted out of it, to play an open world set in an actual Cyberpunk dystopia. The bugs didn’t bother me either, I’m a Fallout New Vegas and Stalker fan, the fact that the game wasn’t crashing every 30 minutes was a shock to me considering the vitriol online(Which was definitely justified in most cases).
With all that said, this remains yet another story of corporate manipulation. We can all hope that certain lessons are learned from this disaster.