During a recent meeting with investors, Polish company CD Projekt RED shared ambitious plans for the future, including confirming the development of a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel from a new North American division. Contrary to the guesses of the players, the creation of the next part will not be carried out by new specialists, but by the key authors of the original – they will be transported to the USA.
“Chumba, I understand what you’re asking, so I want to be clear: after the release of Phantom Liberty, I will be focusing on a new project in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe, codenamed Orion. explained in it Twitter Lead Quest Designer of the original Paweł Sasko. — I’m moving to Boston with the key Cyberpunk 2077 team to start a new studio and become the backbone of the North American division. Together with teams from Vancouver and Warsaw we will develop a new amazing game for you!”.
Fans are hoping the move will also make it easier for developers to interact with universe writer Mike Pondsmith, who will have to fly to Poland to discuss the collaboration.
Production of the sequel will begin after the release of the Phantom Liberty story expansion in 2023. Development of the latter is in its final stages, and its developer team numbers over 350 people. “Our plans are certainly ambitious and require commitment, continued growth and a lot of work.— explained former Vice President and CFO of CD Projekt RED Piotr Nielubowicz. — That’s why we’re building a new team in Boston that, along with a growing team in Vancouver, will form our new studio CD project RED North America. This will enable us to leverage the North American talent pool.”
Recall that CD Projekt RED has announced work on four more projects: in addition to the already confirmed game set in The Witcher universe, two more are being prepared for the same franchise, as well as a game with the working title Hadar, based on new intellectual property . In March, the company announced that it would be using Unreal Engine 5 instead of REDengine.
Shortly after the meeting became knownthat Marcin Iwiński, co-founder of CD Projekt, will step down as CEO. The relevant powers will be concentrated in the hands of Adam Kiciński.
Cyberpunk 2077 was released in December 2020 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and arrived on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S in February 2022. In recent weeks, thanks to the premiere of the anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, the release of a big one update 1.6. With the announcement of the DLC and the discount, the game is experiencing a new wave of popularity. She again broke The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s online record, and her daily audience reached one million users in the penultimate week of September. Last week, the authors reported that they had sold 20 million copies.