As it catapulting the Polish studio to success, The Witcher series is extremely important for CD Projekt RED, but it's "not all that we have to offer," says CDPR President Adam Kicinski. Cyberpunk 2077 is coming, and it's even bigger than they originally planned.
CD Projekt RED is known for delivering juggernaut AAA games that truly exemplify the pinnacle of games development. Titles like The Witcher 3 are massive in scope, massive in size, and best of all, massive in quality. With its ambitious new sci-fi game Cyberpunk 2077, CDPR plans to top The Witcher 3 in practically every way.
"The success of The Witcher 3 influences our planning. It affects what we have to expect from Cyberpunk 2077," CD Projekt RED's Adam Kicinski said in a recent interview with TVN24 Business World.
"The project is even more ambitious than originally planned. Because we have to create a game that will be even more successful [than The Witcher 3]," he said. "The world's biggest commercial successes are still missing. The Witcher 3 is the best game of the year in the world according to many, but it's not a game that broke any sales records."
Remember that the studio claimed Cyberpunk 2077 is far bigger and ambitious than anything they've ever done, and now Kicinski says the scope is even bigger. Kind of mind boggling isn't it?
CD Projekt RED hopes to make Cyberpunk 2077 a massive commercial success, so much that it eclipses The Witcher 3's overall sales. To achieve this, Cyberpunk 2077 will appeal to everyone rather than fantasy fans--fantasy is a niche market, and although Cyberpunk is more sci-fi based, it'll be much more accessible to mainstream gamers.
As for the massive scope, Cyberpunk 2077 will feature a truly next-gen world filled with seamless multiplayer and dynamic AI. There will also be amazing cities with flying cars and persistent interactions to craft something new and unique.
In fact the devs were awarded a $7 million grant from the Polish government to make these amazing worlds a reality.
The Polish studio has prepared quite well for Cyberpunk 2077's huge resource cost by expanding both of its Warsaw and Krakow-based studios to 500+ developers. Remember that CDPR has a massive business structure that's now worth over $1 billion, and will likely continue to grow thanks to its multi-faceted strategies including the GOG.com marketplace.
CDPR has announced a promo campaign across the United States, Western Europe and Poland for later this year, so we could see new Cyberpunk 2077 info dropped sometime soon.
And yes, CDPR confirms The Witcher series isn't dead...but it's "too early to tell" about a new game in the fantasy series.
So when will Cyberpunk 2077 release? We don't have an official release date yet, and probably won't for another year or two, but we do know Cyberpunk 2077 will release alongside another AAA RPG by 2021.