The Polish development studio CD Projekt Red has updated its roadmap for 2021, and, in addition to Cyberpunk 2077, the company is also focusing on the Next-Gen Updates of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which was announced in September 2020. In addition, The Witcher: Monster Slayer is a new game in the Witcher franchise.
In a half-hour video, the Polish company presented its plans for the next few years, repeatedly mentioning The Witcher.
As early as March 2020, it became clear that CD Projekt Red would continue to rely on the “The Witcher” brand as a supporting pillar alongside Cyberpunk 2077 and develop another Witcher game.
This is The Witcher: Monster Slayer, an AR game in the style of Pokémon Go for smartphones and tablets with Android and iOS, which is due to appear later this year. The GWENT card game is also receiving a major update.
Meanwhile, development is underway on The Witcher 3 Next Generation Edition, which will be released as a standalone game developed by Saber Interactive and will be free for owners of the original, said CDPR CEO, Adam Kicinski.
According to Kicinski, however, the multiplayer for Cyberpunk 2077, which last received Patch 1.2 with ray tracing for RDNA 2, should not appear as an AAA blockbuster in the form of a new multiplayer game but as an add-on. There will, therefore, not be a real multiplayer release.
CD Projekt Red talks about “enriching” all the games in the studio with online components via GOG Galaxy but does not go into detail. Rather, Adam Kicinski and numerous developers emphasize several times in the video that solo role-playing games driven by the plot are still essential for the studio.
In addition to structural changes, CDPR would like to strengthen the role of the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in the future, the studio is talking about the development of the new engine Red 2.0, which is currently the successor to REDengine 3 (The Witcher) and REDengine 4 (Cyberpunk 2077) is under development.
Finally, CDPR announced that it will work on two major projects per year from 2022 and that it will continue to grow. For this reason, the studio would also have acquired Digital Scapes, a smaller developer from Vancouver, who has worked with CDPR in the past.
For the foreseeable future, they want to become one of the three best developers in the world and make a significant contribution to pop culture with their brands.