CD Projekt RED are still hard at work on The Witcher 3, with loads of patches improving what is already there and two massive expansions on the way, but they are slowly moving non-core staff towards developing their next big game Cyberpunk 2077.
The game was originally revealed 2 years ago, and while many companies would have been well on their way into development by time of announcement, CD Projekt RED, as usual, did things a little differently. To make sure they didn’t jump the gun, they wanted to gauge the interest of gamers so released the teaser to give us a glimpse of the game and the world, and as you probably know we are very excited.
In an interview with IGN, CD Projekt RED Founder and CEO Marcin Iwinski said:
“We released the Cyberpunk teaser trailer because we wanted to see how gamers felt about it. We were super excited about the project internally, but what if it wasn’t the right thing [for us]? But the response has been incredible. Now it’s just up to us to deliver. We’re hard at work on it.”
At the time of the announcement the game wasn’t in development, as the team was still hard at work on The Witcher, but CD Projekt wanted to move onto something new once that was completed to keep staff from feeling burnt out doing the same thing over and over.
“You can craft swords for 12 years, but you might get burnt out,” he said. “People might want to leave and go work on something else. We’re excited to switch to guns. We intended to keep [the team] energized with Cyberpunk.”
While the core team is still working on The Witcher 3 and its expansions (‘Heart of Stone’ and ‘Blood and Wine’) scheduled for release in October and early 2016, non essential staff are moving over to help along the development of Cyberpunk 2077.
“The core team is working The Witcher 3’s expansions, but more and more people are moving over onto Cyberpunk.”
As already stated by the company, don’t expect anything on the game until around 2017. However knowing CD Projekt RED they will keep us filled in until then.
On a side note, Iwinski praised Bethesda’s approach to revealing Fallout 4.
“We’re impressed with Fallout 4’s rollout. They came on stage and said ‘It’s here, it’s real, and it’s coming out on this date.’ We’re going to do something similar. We’re going to wait [to reveal the game] until we can show off a very meaningful piece of it.”
What are your thoughts though? Excited for Cyberpunk 2077, or do you think they should fully focus on the expansions first then fully switch over to its development then? What are your thoughts on his Fallout comments? Let us know in the comments!