Idris Elba Just Officially Joined One Of The Most Popular Video Games

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The upcoming expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 is introducing yet another superstar to the game, and this time it’s Suicide Squad‘s Idris Elba. While this isn’t Elba’s first video game, it’s probably the most prominent gaming title the Knuckles actor appears in, marking the perfect starting point for the ending story of the world’s most troubled game. The English actor is joining a long list of celebrities, such as Keanu Reeves and Hideo Kojima.

The upcoming DLC for Cyberpunk 2077 was teased some two months ago with a very brief trailer that left many wondering about the state of the game’s narrative. According to Kotaku, the fandom wasted no time in churning out various theories as to where the game’s narrative might take its audience, but one thing was certain — no one expected Idris Elba to appear in the expansion. And though the game doesn’t actually appeal to the wider audience, considering its rocky post-launch period, the introduction of Idris Elba to the narrative will likely attract more players to the game.

The game and its history can easily ward off curious glances and those who would dare to explore the Night City since the rocky development, subsequent fixes, and dense lore all feel intimidating for those who are uncomfortable with large-scope games. Still, the franchise was expanded with a free DLC and a well-received Netflix series that, paired with the fact that the game is now in a playable condition, has brought a million players back to Cyberpunk 2077 — something no one ever thought possible.

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Both the game and Elba are currently at the heights of their fame, with Cyberpunk 2077 seeing a massive increase in the number of concurrent players and Elba landing more film and gaming roles than ever before. Joining the two together, with Elba taking a role of a detective such as Solomon Reed, is something that both gaming and cinematography fans would like to see. Given Elba’s popularity among movie buffs, his fans might join other gamers in conquering the Night City in Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion.

In fact, some would argue that Idris Elba is a perfect actor for the role of a detective in Cyberpunk 2077 due to his imposing presence and authoritative voice. These qualities contribute to his role of an agent in service of an authoritarian state, and the actor certainly has the range to pull this role off, considering that being a morally complex detective was his breakout into the world of cinematic arts.

As for Cyberpunk 2077, the game is in the best state it has ever been, and worlds apart from the stitched-up abomination the gaming community received two years ago — it’s finally what it was meant to be. The upcoming expansion, Phantom Liberty featuring Idris Elba, is likely to attract even more new and returning players to Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt RED hasn’t announced any plans for further game development, but considering its current financial performance, the company is likely considering options to keep the gaming title afloat and relative to the times.