CD Projekt RED talks Cyberpunk 2077, reveals they are building a new team for a mystery game
The studio has big plans ahead.
CD Projekt RED had its 2016 financial results conference this week, and while most of the focus was on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Gwent, a few tidbits about Cyberpunk 2077 managed to squeeze themselves in. It may not be much, but CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski talked for a little bit about the elusive Action-RPG, noting that Cyberpunk's development was at a stage that was "quite advanced."
Badowski added, "It's a new title for us, and it will accompany us for years, so it takes effort to prepare it properly."
The company reiterated that Cyberpunk 2077 is not close to release. CD Projekt president Adam Kiciński said, "The ambitions are very voracious, so we would like to devote a lot of attention to Cyber, a lot of effort, and quite some time. So we still need some time before the game is ready."
Kiciński added, "The work is ongoing, and it's very intense. So it's not a comfortable situation because we know what it's like, we watch the game, but we can't tell you anything."
As far as what to expect from the studio this year, Gwent is at the forefront of CD Projekt RED's 2017 plans. "This year belongs to Gwent," said Kiciński. Gwent will supposedly be releasing in full during the second half of 2017, with Open Beta launching on all platforms sometime this Spring.
It's also worth noting that CD Projekt RED is building a team for a second game that they plan to develop alongside Cyberpunk 2077. No official details were given on what this game is, but one investor inquired about the possibility of continuing The Witcher series.
"The Witcher was designed as a trilogy. Trilogy cannot have a fourth part, however we like that world very much. We have invested 15 years of our lives and loads of money into it and we will probably think about it at some point. But please consider us as rational people, we sometimes have weird ideas, but overall our thinking is very rational. We have full rights to The Witcher games. They are ours. We have invested enormous funds into promoting it, and it's a very strong brand. Answer your own question."
Kiciński wrapped up the matter by saying, "We have to be very careful with our words because what we tell you is also heard by the gamers. Obviously, plenty of you are gamers as well, but what we tell gamers is part of the marketing campaign, so we can't discuss certain things even though we know them already. We cannot reveal our full hand."
This by no means confirms that the mystery game is another Witcher title, but it does emphasize that making another one would be good for the studio.