May 17, 2022

CD Projekt Red Refocuses for AAA Projects

The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 will see ongoing improvements, plus more.

Whilst CD Projekt Red (CDPR) has been working hard on fixing Cyberpunk 2077, the studio has other plans in motion.

CDPR held a conference call recently to discuss plans going forward with 2077, The Witcher, and more.

Firstly, considering the issues surrounding 2077, a proposed multiplayer portion has been reconsidered. Initially, the multiplayer portion was to be released as a standalone release sometime after the release of 2077. In regards to multiplayer, CDPR boss, Adam Kiciński, said;

“Regarding online, we are changing our approach, so we want to have online in our future games, definitely, but step-by-step. So, we are working on specific features enhancing our single-player games. But we are not working on releasing the new game as a big online experience. So, we will be enhancing our single-player games with online experiences.

The only change is that we continue to work on it. Not as the main production line but as a supportive production line together with our single-player productions. We believe that our ideas, once they will be revealed, will be very exciting … as an extra experience in our world…”.

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2077 multiplayer is assumed to be CDPR’s attempt at a GTA Online experience. However, currently, news on what exactly it is or will be is limited-to-non-existent.

Kiciński announced how CDPR will operate in order to develop multiple AAA titles and expansions and fixes for current projects.

Kiciński noted;

“We want to improve the way we make games. We want to continuously improve the working environment for every team member. [And] we want a sharper focus on how we work together to make great games”.

CDPR executive Michał Nowakowski added;

“We have learned many things from our marketing and PR campaigns for Cyberpunk 2077 and see things that need to change in the future. Going forward, future marketing campaigns will be much shorter, we’ll wait until much closer to a game’s launch before we start showing things like trailers, demos or going in-depth about mechanics, etc”.

CDPR’s roadmap for 2077 and The Witcher details a few key things that are in the works for both titles. 2077 will benefit from ongoing patches and updates, the long-awaited next-gen updates, and proposed free DLC. The Witcher will see similar next-gen updates, further development on Gwent, as well as mobile spin-off The Witcher: Mobile Slayer.

To help in CDPR’s commitment to keeping working on multiple projects at the same time, the studio confirmed its plans to acquire Digital Scapes, a Vancouver-based studio.

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We will have to wait and see when these commitments come into place. CDPR did manage to release the most recent for 2077 this week, however. As of time of press, patch 1.2 is live now on consoles and PC. Google Stadia will receive the patch later this week.


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