Keanu Reeves talks Cyberpunk 2077: "I wouldn’t recommend playing 70 hours straight"

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Keanu Reeves, whose involvement in Cyberpunk 2077 certainly helped build hype for the new CD Projekt Red game, has been chatting about his role in the huge RPG title.

Speaking to the BBC podcast Press X To Continue, the Matrix and John Wick actor revealed some interesting insights about Cyberpunk 2077 and his relationship with sci-fi in general.

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Keanu comments on Cyberpunk role

Reeves says in the interview, "Growing up on William Gibson and Neuromancer, reading Philip K. Dick, even A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, watching Road Warrior, Mad Max, Blade Runner, even Planet of the Apes, reading Lord of the Rings… this exploration of fantasy, science fiction, I feel like the motifs that occur in this kind of storytelling is oftentimes examining the world that we live in and asking questions.

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"For me, there was something aspirational or supportive in participating in these stories that gave me escapism but also helped me define my world view and interpret the world."

Reeves went on to add: "As a human being, as a species, entertainment can be escapist, it can be a place where you work things out. Hopefully the stories that we tell ourselves can add some nourishment to our lives.

"Without a kind of – some people say it’s escapism – it could even be described as something that’s necessary in order to continue to interact with the pressures of your day to day. I mean, everything in moderation! [Laughs]

"I wouldn’t recommend playing 70 hours straight. Drink some water, get away from the game for a little bit, look outside."

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What about the real future?

The interviewer goes on to ask Reeves about the actual real-life future, and whether he's feeling optimistic as 2021 nears. Reeves replied, "I'm trying! [Laughs] I'm working on my optimism!

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"Hopefully – you never know. It can only be better if we work together than apart, right?

"What’s cool about the game, and it’s not novel, but I think that the way that Cyberpunk has placed this mechanic and being able to choose in dialogue, different paths, and which way you go on a journey and discover or figure out... but also, your relationships to the people… it could be adversarial, it could be supportive. I think what they’ve done in the game like that, is not only immersive, but, well I guess that’s what it is! It’s immersive! [Laughs] and fun."

The full interview will arrive on Press X To Continue on Tuesday 15th December, and you'll only be able to hear it on BBC Sounds. And Cyberpunk 2077 is out now.

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