CD Project Red Co-Founder: "Cyberpunk 2077 may be a much greater commercial success than The Witcher 3"
If this is the case, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be huge.
In an interview with Polish website Gazeta, CD Project Red Co-founder Michał Kicińsk talks about how he thinks their upcoming title Cyberpunk 2077 is coming along. Suffice it to say, he's very positive about their new title.
"I am convinced that Cyberpunk 2077 may be a much greater commercial success than The Witcher 3. The Futuristic world of Cyberpunk is closer to what we know from everyday life. It is also increasingly popular as evidenced of the phenomenon’s presence in a number of films, books, comics and games. You have to remember that fantasy, is a niche topic."
For those unaware, CD Projekt Red is the team behind The Witcher series and the commercial success of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Kicińsk believes Cyberpunk 2077 can outdo The Witcher 3 because the first two games in the Witcher series were mostly popular in Central Europe due to The Witcher being a Polish IP in the form of books, tabletop games, and even a TV show. He believes a cyberpunk setting would be more approachable for a wider audience from the gate.
"I believe that in the case of “Cyberpunk” CD Projekt will be able to fight not only for the prestigious prizes and awards, but also for great commercial success. The combination of these two elements in the gaming industry is difficult but entirely possible, as the example of Rockstar today, and Blizzard before them."
The commercial success of Cyberpunk 2077 could probably thank the successes of The Witcher 3 as it put CD Projekt Red as a developer right up there next to series like The Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age.