When you first boot up Cyberpunk 2077 next year on your game-playing device of choice, you’ll be hearing the frenetic musics of the game’s in-house rock band, SAMURAI, frequently in the soundtrack of its world. That band is actually Swedish punk rock group Refused, and fortunately for us, they did NOT refuse the role in Cyberpunk.
“Like us, SAMURAI is a group of rebels, albeit in a different time and place,” says Dennis Lyxzén, lead vocalist of Refused. “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.”
“I’m incredibly excited about having Refused on board for Cyberpunk 2077,” says Marcin Przybyłowicz, Music Director at CD Projekt Red. “I know for a fact there are a lot of fans of the band at the studio, including Piotr Adamczyk, one of the composers working on the game, who came to me with the idea for this collaboration.
“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,” added Przybyłowicz. “I can wholeheartedly say the punk factor of Cyberpunk 2077’s music is through the roof!”
Want to hear what Refused will sound like as SAMURAI? You already did — their song Chippin’ In was used as the ending theme for Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 trailer. You can now get this song on digital stores and streaming services. Cyberpunk 2077 will be out April 16, 2020.