Mired in the Cyberpunk 2077 soap opera for almost a year, the Polish CD Projekt RED do not seem to have decided to change their minds, and are already talking about the future.
It takes time to build a solid reputation with the players, but very little to make it all fall apart. CD Projekt RED knows something about this: while the developers have been accumulating critical and commercial successes for several years (most often on the backs of their hands), the endless Cyberpunk 2077 soap opera will have undermined the methods and decisions of the studio. No matter: despite the extent of the repairs to be carried out, the Poles are already thinking about the future, and fully intend to take advantage of the aura of the house series to get back in the saddle.
Double dose of witchcraft
For CD Projekt Red, the future will be AAA or it will not be: in an interview just published on the site of the daily Rzeczpospolita, the head of the studio Adam Kiciński explains that he prefers to bet on the already well-established series of his catalog rather than to embark on the creation of a new license:
We are currently focusing on our two licenses, The Witcher and Cyberpunk. They both have enormous potential, and one of our goals is to work on multiple AAA projects within these licenses at the same time. We should start as early as next year.
Of the approximately 660 developers currently working at CD Projekt RED, only “a small third” is devoted to the endless updates of Cyberpunk 2077, which leaves some 450 souls more or less available for “something else”. The explicit mention of AAA titles also helps to sweep aside the spin-off hypothesis, and so Geralt’s new adventures can be expected to take shape.
Recall that in March 2020, Kiciński was already promising the arrival of a “new single-player game with a clear concept” once the development of Cyberpunk 2077 was completed, even if he probably did not expect it to happen. ‘ultimately spread over such a long period of time. While waiting to find out what it’s all about, The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher III are expected in Q1 and Q2 2022, respectively.