CD Projekt Red is a pretty popular studio, and all because of their highly acclaimed Witcher franchise. The Witcher 3 is racing towards being a massive critical and sales success for the studio, but also marks the end of their debut franchise. Cyberpunk 2077 is the tantalising follow-up, but we won’t be seeing it at all for a while.
Announced all the way back in October 2012, and debuted with a trailer in January 2013, Cyberpunk 2077 is the next hardcore RPG franchise that the Polish developers will be adapting. The pen and paper RPG is set in a dystopian future where human modification has become both the saviour and curse of humanity, leading to a contrasting divide in the populace. The reveal trailer showcased a team tasked with hunting down rogue “hybrids”, wetting appetites with an already gorgeously realised setting and premise.
The trailer famously ends with the phrase “Coming…when it’s ready.”, and back then it was assumed that it meant somewhere around 2016 or so. That was before The Witcher 3 suffered multiple delays, eventually forcing the small team working on the project to be pulled into to help ship the game so many of you are enjoying today. That, coupled with the immense post-support planned for the Witcher 3, is probably setting back work on the new franchise.
Speaking to Reuters, CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski said that this year and the next belong to The Witcher – and that Cyberpunk 2077 will only really be touched on after that.
“This year, and the next one will be the years of the Witcher”
He does, however, believe that the game will be a larger success than The Witcher 3 – which managed over a million pre-orders before launch – as well as change the perception people have of the endeared studio.
“We broke into the mainstream. It is such a moment in our firm’s history that after some years people will look differently at CD Projekt before and after this release.”
The Witcher 3, in many ways, is the studio’s first big launch – with the initial Witcher being PC exclusive and the sequel only coming to PC and Xbox 360. Wild Hunt is, for many, the first CD Projekt Red game they are playing, and also the first time the studio has dabbled with open-world design. Cyberpunk 2077 will, in many regards, be a direct follow up to that design principle – offering a massive, open-world with dark, mature RPG elements.
But I still find myself questioning why the game was revealed so darn early then. Regardless, we haven’t actually seen what Cyberpunk 2077 will look like in action, so maybe it’s best that the focus stays squarely on The Witcher 3 , and its expansions, for now.
Last Updated: May 27, 2015