The fifth and final episode of the Night City Wire, which aired yesterday for Cyberpunk 2077 , was packed with information.
In 30 minutes, the Polish studio CD Projekt RED first told us more about Johnny Silverhand, the iconic rockerboy from Mike Pondsmith’s role-playing game, played by the no less iconic Keanu Reeves. We then got to take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack , before a new program was presented to collect in-game goodies . Finally, a final gameplay trailer summarizing what awaits players in Night City closed the episode in style.
Keanu Reeves… Johnny Silverhand Will Finally Be A Playable Character
Johnny Silverhand, icon of Cyberpunk 2020 , the role-playing game of Mike Pondsmith, will therefore be a co-protagonist of V, the main character of Cyberpunk 2077. The game will therefore offer sequences where we will play Johnny Silverhand instead of V. Breathtaking !
Former soldier who became a charismatic rockerboy militant for the fall of the corporations which suffocate the people, Johnny Silverhand was finally shot dead by a henchman of the Arasaka company. But his consciousness could be saved and stored in a chip, under circumstances which are still kept secret by CD Projekt RED.
To embody this role of magnitude, the Polish studio reflected on many candidates before setting its sights on Keanu Reeves. During this episode of Night City Wire, we got to take a look behind the scenes of the motion-capture scenes between V and Johnny Silverhand.
Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz, director of the English adaptation (who also lent his voice to comment on the first gameplay video released in 2018), shared his experience during these numerous recording sessions, without drying up praise for the actor.
To conclude the processing and animation part of the characters in play, CD Projekt RED has shared a video relating to lip synchronization. The game will indeed be translated when released into ten languages, and the studio wanted the experience to be as credible as possible in each of them. To do this, the studio used artificial intelligence developed by Jali Research Inc., which presents rather convincing results.
The music of Night City
To continue on the theme of rockerboy Johnny Silverhand, CD Projekt RED then split a backstage video presenting the creation of the musical part of its next track.
Headed by Marcin Przybylowicz, PT Adamczyk and Paul Leonard-Morgan, the soundtrack draws inspiration from the electric musical styles of the 80s and 90s to bring a purely cyberpunk vibe to the game.
Each main quest will have its own music: the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack counts more than six hours of musical tracks.
To animate the various radios that players will have the opportunity to listen to during their wanderings in Night City, the three composers surrounded themselves with hundreds of artists from all over the world, in order to stick to the very cosmopolitan character of the metropolis. from the future.
Finally, CD Projekt RED has thought of content creators such as streamers and YouTubers with a mode allowing certain pieces subject to copyright to be replaced by other pieces.
Many goodies in perspective
In addition to the goodies included in the various editions of the game – such as a guide to the world of Cyberpunk 2077 , a map of Night City, the original soundtrack and a comic in the standard edition – CD Projekt RED will also offer goodies in -game .
Through a program called “ My Rewards” (“Mes Récompenses” in French), it will be possible to recover clothes, weapons and other objects in the game, thanks to a GOG account, regardless of the platform.
Owners of other CD Projekt RED games like The Witcher 3 will receive exclusive bonuses such as a Samurai jacket stamped with the Wolf School symbol of Geralt of Rivia. The studio also plans to supplement this program with other goodies as we go.
Cyberpunk 2077 owners will also receive goodies in other games like Gwynt , in the form of cosmetic items like a card back or the famous title “ Breathtaking ”.
A gameplay trailer summarizing what the Cyberpunk 2077 experience will offer
To close this dense episode, CD Projekt RED has shared a final gameplay trailer that serves as an introduction to the Cyberpunk 2077 experience .
In 2077, the world is barely recovering from a corporate clash culminating in nuclear war. The survivors took refuge in the last remaining megalopolises, of which Night City is a part, plagued by incessant internal wars, in and between different gangs and corporations at the height of their power.
In this tumultuous context, V, the character we play, comes into play. Responsible for collecting a chip that can put him in the shade for years, the operation ends badly and the only way for V not to lose the chip is to insert it in his cranial implant.
We learn then that the chip housed the conscience of Johnny Silverhand, a rockerboy a bit terrorist who dreams of only one thing: to make pay the corporations which brought him to his loss.
A duality of personalities is then set up, each having its own objectives that it will be up to us to make coexist or not and to undergo the consequences.
After setting the scene, the trailer looks back at the different activities that will be offered, as well as the character creation part and the different ways of building it as the story progresses.
The trailer concludes with the following statement: “ Welcome to the next generation of open-world adventures ”.
After a more or less feverish wait, see you on December 10 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PS4, PS5 , PC ( GOG , Steam and Epic Games Store ) and Google Stadia to see what is going on. Actually.