Fans who were hoping to see Lady Gaga in Cyberpunk 2077 will be sorely disappointed as it has been confirmed that the singer and actress won't be involved in the game.
It was previously reported that the 33-year-old star would be featured after sources claimed to have spotted her entering CD Projekt Red's studio earlier this year. But, according to CDPR's UI director Alvin Liu, she won't be part of Cyberpunk, although she fits the bill.
"She’s pretty cyberpunk, so she could fit in! But um, yeah, no Lady Gaga," Liu told wccftech.com in an interview.
They could have been on the edge of glory here but... oh, well. To make up for it - they really overcompensated, to be fair - Keanu Reeves will be featured. The Hollywood icon surprised fans at E3 2019 last month with a "breathtaking" appearance, increasing the anticipation for Cyberpunk 2077's release.
"A lot of people in studio love The Matrix, Johnny Mnemonic, Speed and all that stuff and he was just a really good match for our game genre and what we’re trying to do," Liu explained. "When we approached him he was like ‘Yeah, I understand the artistic vision behind this, I can get behind it.’ He was just on board with it, which was great."
Liu admitted that it was pretty difficult to keep Reeves' involvement in the game under wraps.
"We’ve been keeping it a secret for definitely many months," he said. "I don’t recall exactly when, it’s hard to pick an exact time when it first started. But everything was very smooth. And it was great. I think keeping it a secret was super hard. I remember the first time I heard someone told me and I was like ‘Really?!?’"
Reeves character, Johnny Silverhand, is non-playable and will be some sort of digital ghost as, according to the story, he's long been presumed dead.
"So this is like 50 years from when he disappeared," the director noted. "I don’t want to spoil it, but being a digital ghost allows him to not be you know, like 80 or 90 years old. But there’s a lot more for you to discover about what’s happened to him."