Livestream for Cyberpunk 2077, Night City Wire’s fifth episode has brought in new facts and details on Keanu Reeves Johnny Silverhand character and also revealed behind the scenes for how the 90’s inspired soundtrack was created for the game and how the animation for these hundreds of characters is done.
Johnny Silverhand played by Keanu Reeves is a key character of the game Cyberpunk and CD Projekt Red has declared him to be a co-protagonist of the game. He plays a Rockstar who is also ex-military and is always seen with his own agenda in the game and players feel that the quests with the character are for his own ambitions and not of the players.
Many approaches were considered by CDPR for the role of Silverhand before it cast Keanu Reeves for the role. It had even thought of bringing a Rockstar from the dead for the role, OfCourse animated but the stream was stopped before even revealing who the star was.
Cyberpunk 2077’s soundtrack has many bands on it who are real, and they have almost made 150 custom tracks for the game. Some of the featured artists are Nina Kraviz, Rat Boy, Grimes and more. If you are a streamer, the game even lets you disable the copyrighted music tracks. The copyrighted tracks will be replaced with something different.
The Night City Wire episode also gave us a glimpse of how the animations or the facial performances are animated for the game. As the game is being released in many languages and hundreds of NPCs, the facial animation is taken care of by a software JALI and not just facial capture. The results of which are amazing.
To top it up the Cyberpunk 2077 standard edition will be offered with various digital bonuses which are an art book, a comic and the official store. Some in-game items also can be redeemed when you link your game with your GOG account which includes the Wolf School Jacket which features insignia from the Witcher, the wolf head.