Punk Legends Refused Become Samurai for Cyberpunk 2077

July 4, 2019

Punk band Refused will portray Johnny Silverhand’s fictional ‘chrome rock’ band Samurai in Cyberpunk 2077

‘Chippin’ In’ by Samurai was released to streaming services alongside the announcement, made by CD Projekt Red on July 2nd. Cyberpunk’s music director Marcin Przbylowicz said that the collaboration between the studio and Refused had come about naturally — one of the game’s composers, Piotr Adamcyzk is a fan of the band. Refused has produced tracks “heavily inspired by the original source material,” said Pryblowicz, alongside “original tracks created by the band exclusively for Cyberpunk 2077”.

The Swedish punk band is best known for the album The Shape of Punk to Come; a record considered a modern classic by many. Singer Dennis Lyxzen seems way into the idea of his band portraying the fictional band:

“Like us, Samurai is a group of rebels, albeit in a different time and place,” he said. “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.”

So, if you wanted proof of just how far CD Projekt Red is going with Cyberpunk 2077, then hiring real bands to play fake bands for the soundtrack might be a clue. ‘Chippin’ In’ was debuted during Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 trailer — where I actually thought it sounded like Refused — and you can stream the full song below.

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Ant Barlow

Started with the PlayStation, now I'm here... with a PlayStation. Once skipped school to play the Metal Gear Solid demo repeatedly. I love stories big and small. Trophy hunter. Recent VR convert. Probably a hipster.