The in-game band of Cyberpunk 2077, Samurai, will be played by the Swedish punk band known as Refused, CD Projekt Red announced earlier today. This partnership has confirmed that Refused will be writing, recording, and producing an EP of all of Samurai’s greatest hits.
Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand is the singer and guitarist for the band, but he will not be doing any of the singing as Refused will be taking charge of that. Songs by Samurai include hits inspired by the source material of the game, Cyberpunk 2020, and new songs that are written specifically for Cyberpunk 2077. This would be the first time Refused releases new music since their album, Freedom, in 2015.
The first single, “Chippin In” is now available to listen through YouTube, and it is the same song that accompanied Reeve’s appearance at E3 2019.
According to music director, Marcin Przyby?owicz, there are plenty of Refused fans in the CD Projekt Red studio, including composer Piotr Adamczyk, whose idea was to approach the band in the first place.
“I’m very happy he did, because the massive riffs, powerful drums, and hard-hitting vocals the guys from Refused deliver as Samurai have blown me away,” Przyby?owicz said. “I can wholeheartedly say the punk factor of Cyberpunk 2077‘s music is through the roof!”
The lead singer of Refused, Dennis Lyxzén, added, “Like us, Samurai is a group of rebels, albeit in a different time and place. Working together with CD Projekt Red, writing music and song lyrics for Cyberpunk‘s chrome rock icon was fun, but also very different in the creative sense. It was an unexpected challenge that turned out to be right up our alley and really got us going. The songs turned out great and the game looks insane.”
Refused has also previously provided their big hit, “New Noise,” for the “Fight Like Hell” trailer for Bethesda’s Doom.