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Did Cyberpunk 2077 Fail Because of Keanu Reeves?

Published 12/28/2020, 6:40 AM EST

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Cyberpunk 2077 could have been the best game ever, but in reality, it failed to live up to the expectations of fans around the world. Ever since the title’s release, several factions of gamers have raised different concerns regarding it.

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Things really hit the skids when Sony removed Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store. In addition to that, Microsoft also announced that it will grant full refunds to anyone who had purchased the game digitally and wasn’t satisfied with it.

While some strongly believe that consistent delays and countless bugs and glitches led to the aforementioned events, Don Haci has a rather interesting take on the situation.


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In a recent tweet, he claimed that Cyberpunk 2077 would have been better without Keanu Reeves. This is undoubtedly an unpopular opinion; however, Don believes that someone had to step up and say it.

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Robert John Linder, better known as Johnny Silverhand, is Keanu Reeves’ character in CP 2077. Apart from being an influential artist in America, he is an ex-US military veteran who defined the rockerboy movement. To say the least, he’s an interesting character.

The main storyline revolves around Johnny, as he acts as V’s guide to the city for most of the game. It wouldn’t be an understatement that Keanu Reeves played the most important character in Cyberpunk 2077, and interestingly, this is the exact problem Don Haci seems to have with the game.


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He believes that the developers emphasized satisfying Keanu with a huge role which drastically affected the overall plot.


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As expected, Don’s comments on Keanu Reeves sparked a debate on Twitter. A bunch of fans naturally defended their favorite actor, while others simply mentioned that the game’s storyline would have remained the same regardless of Keanu’s presence.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that Keanu wasn’t the biggest contributor to the massive hype around Cyberpunk 2077. Gamers around the world expected the game to be great because of its long-lasting development time, and the brilliant work of CD Projekt RED in Witcher 3.


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Hence, it might have been an overstatement to blame a single character for the game’s downfall. As for now, fans can look forward to playing an improved version of the action RPG soon, as promised by CD Projekt RED.



Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.