Today the CD Projekt Group hosted its 2016 financial results conference, and provided some interesting information about its franchises.
First of all, we hear about the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. Development progress is “quite advanced.” The developer’s biggest team is working on the game, and it’s several hundreds of people (over 300). The project is very ambitious, so the studio wants to devote a lot of attention and effort to the game, on top of more time. This means that the studio still needs “quite some time” before it’s ready.
Work on the game is “very intense” at the moment, and it’s an uncomfortable situation for the studio, because they know what the game is like, but they can’t provide details. This year belongs to Gwent, so we shouldn’t expect relevant info on the new game.
At the moment, three times as many developers are working on Cyberpunk 2077 compared to Gwent, but CD Project plans to develop one more game in parallel with Cyberpunk 2077, while also handling live operations for Gwent. They did not provide any further details about the third game, but it will cause the studio to grow further in head count. At the moment the team is looking for Concept Artists, as it’s quite difficult to find top talent in that field.
We also learn that The Witcher 3 is a “closed project,” so there won’t be further expansions or DLC for it.
That said, to a question about a possible The Witcher 4 game, the response was quite interesting: The Witcher was designed as a trilogy, and a trilogy can’t have a fourth chapter. That said, the team likes the world a lot, and invested fifteen years of their lives in it, on top of a lot of money, so they’ll “think about this.”
They also added that while some times they have strange ideas, they are “rational people.” They have full rights for the games of the series, and put a lot of money in promoting the brand, which is very strong, so investors should “answer themselves” on this question.
The problem is that the studio needs to be very careful when communicating with shareholders, as the message also involves gamers, and that includes an element of promotion. This means that they can’t talk about certain things, even if they already know them internally, and they can’t reveal all of their plans.
You can check out the full presentation before.