Polish studio CD Projekt RED announced about strengthening the development team for the project codenamed Orion, the hotly anticipated sequel to the first-person action RPG Cyberpunk 2077.
Let us remember that the creation of Orion is led by a group of veterans of the development of Cyberpunk 2077 and the Phantom Liberty add-on from the North American division of CD Projekt RED, whose offices are located in the USA and Canada.
The newly launched Boston studio CD Projekt RED already has a number of leading Orion developers on its roster:
- development manager Gabriel Amatangelo;
- assistant development manager Paweł Sasko;
- creative director Igor Sarzyński;
- director of intro videos Andrzej Stopa;
- environmental artistic director Kacper Niepokólczycki;
- lead quest designer Sarah Grümmer;
- head of the engineering department Kacper Kościeński.
The listed specialists will now be joined by several professionals with experience working on AAA-level projects:
- executive producer Dan Hernberg – led production departments on the New World, Apex Legends and Diablo III development teams;
- design director Ryan Barnard – formerly head of development at Massive Entertainment and gameplay director at IO Interactive;
- Director of Engineering Alan Villani was listed as Vice President of Technology at Warner Bros. Games and has several releases in the Mortal Kombat series under its belt;
- screenwriter Anna Megill – previously worked on the reboot of Fable (left the team a year later), Control, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Guild Wars 2;
- screenwriter Alexander Freed – has used his writing skills for BioWare (Star Wars: The Old Republic), DICE, Obsidian Entertainment, Wizards of the Coast and FoxNext.
The press release clarifies that Orion is in an early stage of development and is currently in need of specialists, and therefore CD Projekt RED has opened in the Boston and Vancouver teams a number of vacancies.
Production is still at the stage “conceptual design”but the team already knows “what a game it will be” Orion. Project “will unlock the potential of the universe” Cyberpunk 2077 will offer more plot-relevant backstories for the main character.
By the end of 2024, CD Projekt intends to expand the Orion team to 80 people. Studio executives admit that multiplayer may appear in the sequel, but a decision on this matter has not yet been made.