CDPR: Cyberpunk 2077 Will Take as Much Time as Needed, We Want To Make It Huge; We’ll Stop Here for a While
CD Projekt RED is known as the developer of The Witcher series, particularly because of the third installment which recently became the most awarded game ever made (that includes our own Awards, of course).
However, almost four years ago they announced another game, Cyberpunk 2077. Based on Mike Pondsmith's Cyberpunk tabletop RPG, this will be a triple A action roleplaying game with full character customization, a non-linear story and different character classes to choose from.
Little else is known about it, but now that The Witcher 3 is almost done (the last DLC, Blood & Wine, should be released soon) CD Projekt Red is entirely focused on Cyberpunk 2077, at long last.
CD Projekt RED's CEO Marcin Iwinski was interviewed by Gamespot in their podcast "The Lobby" and he made that very much clear. While the Polish studio has been approached about making games in other IPs, they refused.
We had a lot of these discussions, but I think we have enough on our plate right now. What we do requires 100%, actually 200% commitment. We are not into buying and owning IPs just for the sake of buying and owning them.
We actually were approached by a lot of people with really cool IPs that we love to make a game, but we said "Hey, if we do something we have to have full creative control, we have to own the IP", but again, for the sake of full creative control. Cyberpunk was a choice from the heart, I think also it was just good karma because we just had a great opportunity to acquire the rights, but I think we'll stop here for a while.
We are committed. We'll take as much time as needed and we want to make it huge. That's what's on our mind.
If we invest into something, and I'm talking about investing our time, we have to focus because we cannot do it right if we'll do even two or three things at the same time. It's just not possible and it's really regardless of how many people we have on board. It's a mentality thing, a little bit like Rockstar - why there isn't a game [from Rockstar] every single year? There is a reason for that.
You can have a different model, the FIFA model, the Call of Duty model, the Assassin's Creed model, but I don't think it's our model.
Interestingly enough, maybe CD Projekt's success affected Ubisoft in its decision to discontinue the Assassin's Creed yearly model.
Cyberpunk 2077 is clearly their focus now and Managing Director Adam Badowski recently said that the gameplay premiere isn't far off either, possibly hinting at a reveal during E3 or Gamescom this year.
In the meantime, let's take another look at the stunning CGI Teaser Trailer.