Latest Night City Wire For Cyberpunk 2077 Dives Into Johnny Silverhand & The Score That Defines The Game


Posted on November 20, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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For a time, Cyberpunk 2077 was remembered to be a game that was coming and nothing more: a project to be excited for with how little there was to say about the game. And while many were given the green light to hype up the newest property from CD Projekt Red following the run-off of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, many grew anxious to see what is next. And that only fueled the flames when E3 2019 came around as John Wick actor Keanu Reeves stepped onto the stage unveiling his involvement in the game’s development.

Reeves revealed he will be starring as a tent pole character in the coming title, Johnny Silverhand. However, details on that were lightly spared as the meat of the game is emphasized on protagonist, V. While CD Projekt Red began sharing more on the plot and Johnny Silverhand’s impact on the storyline, it is discovered he is a digital anomaly that only appears to V.

In the latest Night City Wire which went live on Thursday, we learn that Johnny Silverhand’s presence left a bigger impact on the people of Night City prior to V’s entry to the underbelly of freelance Fixer jobs. You can watch the new Johnny Silverhand trailer in the video below:

Complementing the setting of Night City and capturing the essence of Cyberpunk 2077, Silverhand alongside being a lead guitarist is also someone not to be ticked off. “He burned down half the city to prove he was right,” is one way to characterize Reeve’s role in Cyberpunk 2077. Although he died years before V walking into the spotlight, he is somehow connected to the main character in ways no one understands how.

Conveniently, Silverhand’s musical talent also helps segue to the new showcase for the game’s score and the comeuppance for how the soundtrack heavily portrays the atmosphere of Night City. Although Cyberpunk is originally a 80s-centric dystopia which derived from the titular tabletop RPG, CD Projekt Red wanted to isolate that with a new wave of music from a new era.

One of the main ideas was to take the Cyberpunk genre out of the 80’s and give it a 90’s flair. We took elements from rave, IDM, industrial, and make them fit our narrative purposes. It actually took us a long time to find the right color of the music.

P.T. Adamczyk, Cyberpunk 2077 Composer

Ultimately, the team of composers behind Cyberpunk 2077 recognized the severity for how the music should be heard and understood that it is only one leg that helps keep the table standing. “Getting that sound together is almost as important as the actual look of the game itself, because music is really helping you feel this emotional connection to the game,” Composer Paul Leonard Morgan added on the sound creation process.

Now with less than a month away for Cyberpunk 2077 to arrive, many are counting down the days to its reveal. In anticipation for that, new information surfaced recently revealing the physical version for presumably PlayStation 4 & Xbox One both require two discs to play atop of 70 GB of hard drive space. You can read the full report by heading here.

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on December 10, 2020 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Stadia.

The game is R18+ and will not be censored here in Australia, which should truly allow for the games creative vision to shine.

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