You Won’t Be Able to Romance the Digital Ghost of Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 featuring Keanu Reeves as a major character (the one with the most dialogue, player character aside) was arguably the biggest reveal out of all the E3 2019 conferences.
Keanu plays Johnny Silverhand, a mythical figure in Cyberpunk lore. However, if you were hoping to romance him in the game, you may well be out of luck as CD Projekt RED's Level Designer Max Pears just crushed such hopes in an interview with Video Games Chronicles at TGS 2019.
Keanu plays a crucial role in the game, but as for the option to romance him, I don’t believe you can.
Truth to be told, as far as we know Keanu's character is merely a 'digital ghost' and not an actual, physical person, given that he was supposedly killed many years before Cyberpunk 2077. That would have made for a truly weird romance.
In the same interview, Max Pears also wanted to expand on CD Projekt RED's earlier statements regarding inclusivity in Cyberpunk 2077.
We really want to make sure players get the representation that they want. In the genre of Cyberpunk as well, it asks such deep questions about what it means to be human, let alone what it means to define your gender.
Having that customisation match how you feel is your representation of how you feel… it’s important for us and it’s important to the lore of this world too.
One of the things we’ve done to make sure the game addresses things a certain way is a lot of the time NPCs are just going to refer to you as ‘V’, because you won’t be able to choose your name.
That way it helps people know that it’s their character that’s being spoken to and also however you’ve envisioned your V, that’s still your V. That’s been our focus: your version of V is your version as the player and that’s how you will be addressed in the game.
Pears even clarified how the player character's genitalia will be picked when creating the character.
We have the body type that you select and then the genitals will be determined by that. You can have a male or female voice with either body, but the genitals are defined by the body.
Cyberpunk 2077 is out April 16th, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a Google Stadia version also launching next year.