CD Projekt RED, a Polish video-game developer that brought us The Witcher video games and Cyberpunk 2077 is seemingly developing new installments for both of their franchises.
President Adam Kiciński recently revealed for Rzeczpospolita that the studio’s next goal is to develop new installments for their main franchises. Franchises, plural. Considering only games the developer created so far were The Witcher and Cyberpunk, it’s safe to say that they’re looking forward to expanding both of these franchises.
The Witcher video game series kicked off in 2007, with the original game of the same name, which was also the first game that CD Projekt RED ever created. The game was released only on PC. The sequel The Witcher: Assassins of Kings was released in 2011 for PC and Xbox 360.
The third installment of the main series – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – was released in 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. That was the first video game in the series released on PlayStation. The Witcher 3 will be re-released for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S next year. The Witcher 3 received widespread acclaim, it won numerous rewards, including Game of the Year, and it’s considered one of the best games ever created.
Cyberpunk 2077 was the first game CD Projekt RED developed outside The Witcher franchise. The game was in development for eight years (The Witcher 3 only 3.5 years) and it was released in 2020. The game received mixed reviews. Although the setting, concept, and graphics were praised, the game was criticized for numerous bugs and performance problems. The game was even pulled from the stores until CDPR developed updates, but the damage was already done. Cyberpunk 2077 was widely expected, and since the development was rushed to meet the deadline, that resulted in huge disappointment from the players.
It’s unknown when is CDPR planning to release the next big game, and which one will it be, but we hope they will take their time and put quality before quantity. Since the development is only at the beginning, it will probably take around 2-3 years from now for games to be announced, and after that just as much for them to be released.