During Microsoft's E3 2019 Press Conference, CD Projekt Red wowed fans with a brand-new Cyberpunk 2077 cinematic trailer detailing the seedy underbelly of Night City, which is full of interesting characters and weaponized prosthetics. At the end of the trailer a character named Johnny Silverhand appeared, and it became immediately clear he was played by Keanu Reeves. The actor himself showed up on-stage moments later to rapturous applause, and he hyped up the futuristic setting of Cyberpunk 2077 by calling it breathtaking.
A man in the crowd, now identified as Los Angeles-based YouTuber Peter Sark, quickly shouted out "You're breathtaking!" at Keanu Reeves, which got a good reaction out of the Matrix and John Wick star. Keanu quickly shouted back "You're breathtaking! You're all breathtaking!", sparking what may be one of the most wholesome E3 memes of all-time. It gets better: CD Projekt Red also confirmed that it will be sending Sark a free copy of the Cyberpunk 2077 Collector's Edition for triggering one of E3's most wholesome moments.
And it got you a free #Cyberpunk2077 Collector’s Edition on top! Check your DMs.— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) June 10, 2019
The Cyberpunk 2077 Collector's Edition is truly massive, and so it comes in a gigantic Collector's Edition box. Within the box is the game itself, a collectible steelbook, a hardcover artbook, a 10 inch statue of the game's protagonist V, a metal pin set, a V-tech metal keychain, an annotated version of a Visitor's Guide to Night City sealed in a Night City Police Department evidence bag, several embroidered patches, a compendium of the Cyberpunk 2077 world, a map of Nightcity, postcards, and a sticker bomb set. Players who pick up the massive collector's edition will also get digital copies of the soundtrack, an art booklet, the sourcebook, and some wallpapers. Now that's breathtaking!
It looks like players will be able to team up with Keanu's character, Johnny Silverhand, to whom he lent his likeness, voice, and motion capture talents. He uses his fame to fight the authority in Night City, with the Arasaka corporation being his main target. He blames the corporation for whatever incident caused him to lose both his arm and loved ones, though it's unclear how close to Silverhand players will get. He may also be a hologram - it is the future, after all.
It's fair to say that Keanu Reeves showing up at the event was quite a shock, with CD Projekt Red evidently doing a good job keeping his involvement in the project firmly under wraps. The actor became a immediate fan-favorite, and his wholesome interaction with Peter Sark will only solidify the good vibes of this fandom even more.
It's smart of CD Projekt Red to jump in and offer Sark a collector's edition of the game - after all, he's given Cyberpunk 2077 the kind of attention a company can't buy.
Cyberpunk 2077 will release on April 16, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.