CD Projekt Red, the developer of The Witcher 3 has received roughly $30 million PLN, which is $7 million USD, from the Polish government for the use of research of new gaming features.
Specifically, the developer has received funding in the first edition of the GameINN sectoral development program, which is organized by the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR).
For those who don’t know, The GameINN sectoral program is financed under Measure 1.2, “Sectoral R&D programmes” of the Smart Growth Operational Programme, and aims to enhance the competitiveness of the domestic videogame development industry on the global stage. The program, currently, is expected to run until 2023.
The Program was created upon the request of Porozumienie Polskie Gry (Polish Games Accord), which represents the most established video game developers in Poland: CD Projekt Red, Techland, CI Games, 11 Bit Studios, Artifex Mundi, Bloober Team, Fuero Games, The Farm 51 and Vivid Games.
A chart via a PDF on NCBR’s website shows that CD Projekt Red’s four approvals were for research and development efforts related to “city-creation,” “seamless multiplayer,” “cinematic feel,” and “animation excellence.” And while this doesn’t mean any future CD Projekt Red games will have these features, it does mean CD Projekt Red, at the very least, is researching to a degree in these particular features, as all four approvals (along with the separate proposal submitted by GOG.com, have been approved.
CD Projekt Red isn’t the only developer to get money from the program though, In all, the NBCR dished $191 million PLN ($45.1 million) for almost 40 games, and across studios like Techland, 11 Bit Studios, Fuero Games, The Farm 51, and many more.
CD Projekt’s President, Adam Kiciński accompanied the announcement with the following statement:
“Developing videogames is a hyperinnovative activity, but also one which carries substantial financial risks, involves continuous R&D work and requires much experimentation and prototyping along the way. The GameINN program – a fruit of our industry’s collaborative efforts – will, in the coming years, enable Polish developers to carry out nearly 40 projects worth 191 million PLN. I am confident that the resulting innovative solutions will further elevate the quality of Polish videogames and enhance our competitiveness on the global stage. Indeed, our industry now has the potential to become the champion of the modern Polish economy.”
CD Projekt Red is currently working on Cyberpunk 2077, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, and an unannounced AAA RPG title. None of the projects have concrete release dates, or even release windows.