What Is 'Cyberpunk 2077' and How is Keanu Reeves Involved? 'John Wick' Star Makes Surprise Appearance at E3

Those in attendance at the annual E3 press conference were in a bit of shock Sunday after seeing a familiar face during the announcement of a much-anticipated videogame, Cyberpunk 2077.

Following the trailer of the upcoming videogame, audiences were met with a digitized Keanu Reeves and then were further shocked when the John Wick star walked onstage.

"Awhile back, the guys from CD Projekt Red approached me and asked me to be a part of their new project, Cyberpunk 2077," Reeves prefaced during his E3 presentation. "They went on and on about how they created this vast, open world with a branching storyline, how you'd be able to customize your character through in-game choices and it wasn't something I knew about before but I was excited about it."

"I'm always drawn to fascinating stories," he added.

"The feeling there, of walking the streets of the future, is really going to be breathtaking," Reeves continued.

The John Wick star had plenty of screaming fans in the crowd but one directly responded to Reeves by saying, "You're breathtaking!" The actor laughed and said, "You're all breathtaking!"

Cyberpunk 2077 is the latest game from the Polish game developer, best known for its Witcher game series. Written by Stanisław Święcicki, the game is a role-playing game centered around "an outlaw, an enhanced mercenary working in the sleazy underbelly of the city." The game is based in part on the 1988 role-playing Cyberpunk 2020, written by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian Games, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 16, 2020.

This isn't the first time that CD Projekt Red has included a well-known on-screen actor in its videogames. In 2015, Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) took on the role of Emhyr var, the emperor of Nilfgaard, the most powerful nation within the Witcher saga.

"My character is a very very powerful man, probably the most powerful man" Dance said at the time. "As such, he doesn't need to throw his weight around. He's a man of few words, the words he speaks speak volumes...and he's ruthless."

"The whole rise in fantasy is quite extraordinary," he added. "It's no longer the realm of children's entertainment, it is real. [Fantasy] appeals to quite discerning adults because the special effects are so real, the worlds that are created are so believable but it also employs the most wonderful cinematic techniques."

He concluded: "What I saw of videogames 10 years ago, I mean, that's a whole other world."

Keanu Reeves, E3 Press Conference 2019
Actor Keanu Reeves speaks about "Cyberpunk 2077" from developer CD Projekt Red during the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing at The Microsoft Theater on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Getty/Christian Petersen
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