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Keanu Reeves, the face of 2020's divisive sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 has never actually played the game, it has emerged.
The beloved Canadian actor became the de-facto mascot of CD Projekt RED's ambitious project in the final years leading up to its release. Who could forget the "breathtaking" moment he arrived onstage at E3 2019 to announce his role as the punk frontman/freedom fighter Johnny Silverhand?
In a recent interview with The Verge, Reeves admitted that he hasn't once played Cyberpunk 2077 himself. While he's seen "demonstrations" of it, presumably so he could speak to press and fans and know what he was talking about, he hasn't ever gotten hands-on time with the game.
This is, obviously, absolutely fine. Not every actor who appears in a video game needs to have played the damn thing - that's not their job! The issue is that CD Projekt definitely told fans in the lead-up to launch that Reeves had played and enjoyed the game. Unsurprisingly, the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit was quick to notice this... inconsistency.
During an earnings call last year, CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński was asked whether or not Keanu Reeves had played the game. Kiciński replied: “Yes. Yes. He played the game...and he loves it”, noting that the star hadn't completed the game yet.
While this might seem a little shady at first, it's probably a simple case of Reeves and CD Projekt defining "play" differently. There's every chance Reeves went hands-on with the game at some point during its development for at least a little bit, which CD Projekt would most definitely see as him having played Cyberpunk 2077.
But to Reeves, "play" is more likely to involve dedicating time to settle down and run through the final, finished version of the game - which he clearly hasn't done. There's also the very real possibility that the guy played it and forgot. He's a pretty busy dude, after all.
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