There’s a rogues’ gallery of famous faces halting their professional lives to tear up Night City, as Cyberpunk 2077 finally releases. One person who might not be as thrilled is voice actor Doug Cockle, who was left slightly deflated after CD Projekt Red failed to approach him for a cameo.
Doug Cockle isn’t just any voice actor. Without him, The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia may have sounded completely different. Aside from The Witcher franchise, Cockle has also supplied his voice for Blair Witch, Quantum Break, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Geralt is by far his most recognizable role, however, which stretched to Soulcalibur 6 and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. It’s only natural for the actor to expect a cheeky NPC role in the Polish developer’s second IP after The Witcher series, but alas, this never came to be.
Cockle spoke to Eurogamer’s Robert Purchese about his expectation to be called for a Cyberpunk 2077 cameo in 2017 (it’s crazy to think the game was announced in 2012). “I have joked with [CD Projekt Red] about bringing me in as an Easter egg,” Cockle teased. He even had an idea about playing a bartender named “Gerry.” His hopes of appearing in at least one side quest to give a nod to CD Projekt Red’s predecessor seemed more than likely, considering the other The Witcher Easter eggs that have ended up in the game.
Purchese recently reported that he got in touch with Cockle again to see if his dreams were fulfilled, but unfortunately, they were not. “Sadly, I haven’t had any involvement with Cyberpunk thus far…I’m kinda sad about it actually!” Cockle stated. It’s always a treat to spot Easter eggs from other franchises – Assassin’s Creed is no stranger to it – but perhaps CD Projekt Red had a city full of characters already. Not all hope was lost, however, as he concluded with “maybe in the future.” Cyberpunk 3077, perhaps?
Video game legend Hideo Kojima has a small cameo in the game, accompanied by another Easter egg from his 2019 hit, Death Stranding. In the wake of Cyberpunk 2077’s release, we have created a robust amount of guides to help you navigate Night City, including a complete guide and walkthrough.
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