The appearance of Keanu Reeves at the Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 briefing where he announced the release date for Cyberpunk 2077 was undoubtedly one of the most memorable events throughout the show (at least so far). Now it is revealed that Microsoft went to great lengths to make sure Reeves's appearance was a secret.
The Xbox manager Phil Spencer explained to Variety that Microsoft used a stand-in for Reeves during rehearsals. Not only that, but Reeves was referred to with a code name. The report continues to say that Reeves did not set foot inside the Microsoft Theater until the morning of his appearance.
Even in the interview, Spencer admitted that he was not sure how it would go down. He said he has seen some celebrity decals fall flat over the years. But after seeing a card from the developer CD Projekt Red ̵
CD Project Red spoke to GameSpot on E3 this week about how they got Reeves involved. They contacted him a year ago for the role and the studio said that the part he plays – Johnny Silverhand – would only work with Reeves. "There was always him or no other for the role," explained CD Project Reds Miles Tost and added that he was happy that the news did not leak.
Check out the video embedded above to learn more about how CD Projekt Red took Keanu Reeves aboard for Cyberpunk 2077. You can also read the GameSpot history linked below to learn more about what role Reeves plays in Cyberpunk 2077.  After years of development, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally released on April 16, 2020 over PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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