Keanu Reeves’ delightful appearance may just be the best thing about E3 2019 so far, even though the week is far from over. Frankly, we all got a little bit pregnant when Keanu pointed at a fan in the crowd to return a compliment: “You’re breathtaking!”
When Keanu Reeves said that the world of Cyberpunk 2077 was breathtaking someone in the audience shouted "You're breathtaking." Hard to argue. #XboxE3— Brian "Seeking New Opportunities" Crecente (@crecenteb) June 9, 2019
Cyberpunk 2077 is based on the seminal pen-and-paper role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2020. The tabletop masterpiece was first published in 1988, and features a painstakingly detailed world of Netrunners, Rockerboys, Cops, and Corporates, all trying to get ahead in the dog-eat-dog streets of Night City. Fans of old-school cyberpunk legends like William Gibson and Neal Stephenson will probably be wary of CD Projekt Red’s take, which so far doesn’t seem as socially or culturally cutting-edge as the genre truly can be. But hey, Keanu!
In Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu’s character sports a Winter Soldier-style metal arm, obviously packed full of cyborg surprises. He plays Johnny Silverhand, a fast-talking Rocker who was once part of the famous Night City band, Samurai. Silverhand is an original Cyberpunk lore character in 2020 (with an epic feathery mullet), and in 2077, he’s shown as one of the protagonist’s childhood heroes.
Here are a few of the best reactions to Keanupunk 2077 on Twitter.
For my money, stunt casting Keanu in a cyberpunk game is smart because while it's easy to say "oh man it's John Wick" there are a few of us who remember Johnny Mnemonic. I hope he brings his hacker dolphin along!— Mike Laidlaw 🔜 E3 (@Mike_Laidlaw) June 9, 2019
Keanu Reeves announcing the Cyberpunk 2077 release date is the most E3 power move that had ever been played— Lucy O'Brien (@Luceobrien) June 9, 2019
Killing Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 should turn the whole world against you like when you kill Brahmin or kids in Fallout 1— slowbeef (@slowbeef) June 9, 2019
jedi fallen order: i'm actually excited for this so i'm really looking forward to it a lot. i love star wars a lot and im getting jedi knight vibes from this blair witch: oh damn??? Nice cyberpunk 2077: finally! i'm kinda interested in seeing this tbh--IS THAT KEANU— jaime 🌷 (@umbralcalamity) June 9, 2019
WHAT THE OH MY CYBERPUNK 2077 FJWKFJWIXIDIFJCJSKDK KEANU REEVES pic.twitter.com/XFolj5yCMj— iJustine (@ijustine) June 9, 2019
WHY WOULD THEY LEAD WITH THIS. WHO THE F*** FOLLOWS KEANU REEVES IN CYBERPUNK.— Anne Munition (@AnneMunition) June 9, 2019
i want my future husband to say my name like keanu says "cyberpunk" pic.twitter.com/iFbQ4xq6Gh— Julia Alexander (@loudmouthjulia) June 9, 2019
Even Twitch had a bit of a fan moment.