Keanu Reeves is Cyberpunk 2077 canon, it appears.
That’s Keanu Reeves the star in addition to Johnny Silverhand, the character real-life Keanu Reeves plays in the upcoming CD Projekt video game.
This all comes from the current release of the video for “No Save Point” by Yankee and the Brave, the imaginary Cyberpunk group played by real-life American hip hop supergroup Run The Jewels. No Save Point is a tune that’ll be heard in Cyberpunk 2077.
It’s all extremely Cyberpunk, as you’d anticipate, and quite average apart from one lyric that has actually definitely set tongues wagging within the video game’s tradition neighborhood: “Keanu Reeves, cyber arm under my sleeve,” raps Killer Mike.
It’s simply a video for a tune that remains in the video game, however this is Cyberpunk therefore tradition is a severe organization. Why would you hear a lyric about Keanu Reeves on the planet of Cyberpunk?
That’s the concern that stimulated a description from Patrick K. Mills, Cyberpunk 2077 senior mission designer, who required to Twitter to verify the Keanu Reeves lyric is “tradition friendly”.
The KR lyric is tradition friendly. It’s an in universe cultural recommendation to KR, an unfamiliar Collapse-period star who bore and incredible similarity to Johnny Silverhand, and in the years following Johnny’s disappearance, was regularly misinterpreted for JS. ?? https://t.co/AxpPvlww97
— Patrick K. Mills (@PKernaghan) November 14, 2020
How so? Well, according to Mills, the lyric is an in-universe cultural recommendation to Keanu Reeves, “an unfamiliar Collapse-period star who bore an exceptional similarity to Johnny Silverhand”. In the Cyberpunk universe, Keanu Reeves was regularly misinterpreted for Johnny Silverhand in the years following Johnny’s disappearance.
It sounds a bit forced, however let’s kept up it: the Collapse is a time period within the Cyberpunk tradition that consists of the fall of Western civilisation. The timeline of Cyberpunk diverges from the real life around the ’90s, and the Collapse takes place soon after that divergence.
Keanu Reeves (the genuine Keanu Reeves!) was born in 1964, so he would have been knocking about the Cyberpunk timeline pre-Collapse. What a pity the Cyberpunk Reeves’ life didn’t rather play out as breathtakingly as the real-life Reeves’ life did.
It’s all a little bit of enjoyable, actually – at worst a little disconcerting, at finest a cool nod to the presence of stars in the virtual world. I’ve seen some individuals take this entire thing rather seriously, fussing over timelines and whether Keanu Reeves must or must not be canon within the world of Cyberpunk 2077.
Well, he is! As you’re driving about the world, switching organs out for tech and hacking your method to fame, you may hear a tune on the radio about Keanu Reeves. Who was that once again? Oh yeah, some old star, obviously still knocking about, who looks a lot like Johnny Silverhand.