LEA LEONOWICZ, CD PROJEKT RED ARTIST, SHARED CYBERPUNK’S FIRST CHARACTER DESIGNS
Amid so many problems after the release of Cyberpunk 2077, it can be difficult to remember and think about all the development work that went into the previous years.
From conceiving the game and narrative, to creating all the characters, the CD Projekt RED team did a daunting job to deliver a good video game. However, many things did not turn out as expected among so many changes they had to make.
One of them was revealed by Cyberpunk 2077 concept artist Lea Leonowicz, who shared Johnny Silverhand’s early designs before he was personified by Keanu Reeves.
The original appearance of this character was quite different and we can see that the design was already practically defined, so it is likely that he had to work from scratch as soon as it was decided that Keanu Reeves would lend his face for Cyberpunk 2077.
JOHNNY SILVERHAND SUFFERED A RADICAL CHANGE
Through her official ArtStation profile, Lea Leonowicz posted the first sketches of Johnny Silverhand, who originally had a completely different face. Sure, because he wasn’t Keanu Reeves’ image.
Also, another of the images that she shared shows the character from Cyberpunk 2077 with other clothes. From different t-shirts and jackets, sunglasses and even a hair band, Johnny had a different image than the final version.
What Johnny Silverhand did not lose, obviously, was his mechanical arm, although we can see that some designs had it on the right side and not the left. In addition, he also boasts a large tattoo on his abdomen and other details that are curious.
Like Johnny, we don’t know what else the developers of Cyberpunk 2077 had to change. Maybe that’s why it took more work and ultimately ended in an incomplete game.