CD Projekt Red Confirms 3 New 'Witcher' Games & 'Cyberpunk' Sequel

CD Projekt Red Confirms 3 New ‘Witcher’ Games & ‘Cyberpunk’ Sequel

The developers from the Polish video game studio CD Projekt Red took time out of their super hectic schedule and dropped the bomb. In the project update, the company revealed the codenames and outlines of five new games, including three new ones wizard titles, and Cyberpunk a sequel and a brand new IP. The developers shared a long-term production outlook that dives a bit into what projects the company is currently working on and plans to release in the near future. And boy oh boy does it sound great. CD Projekt Red has had a rough few years Cyberpunk 2077 debacle, but managed to pull itself together and is now fully ready to embark on a new journey.

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Witcher | Image: CD Projekt Red

From creating their own IP from the ground up to developing several new “full-fledged” titles, the studio has a lot on its plate. The first project outlined by CD Projekt Red is codenamed Sirius – New wizard game developed by Boston’s The Molasses Flood and it will be a completely different experience.

“Don’t expect another open-world, story-driven RPG like The Witcher 3,” Adam Kiciński, joint CEO of CDPR, said in an investor call. “It’s a different project aimed at a wider audience,” he added. The game is being developed with a much larger audience in mind and will have “multiplayer gameplay beyond the single player experience including a campaign with quests and a story.”

Second wizard the game is codenamed Project Polaris, which “launches a new Witcher trilogy and expands the universe presented in past Witchers”. The title was first announced in March of this year and will be developed using Unreal Engine 5. According to Adam Kiciński, the games in the trilogy will be released over six years “starting with the release of Polaris”. Pre-production on Polaris started this year, and developers are still building the technology needed to build the game. So we don’t expect the game to be released anytime soon.

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Witcher | Image: CD Projekt Red

The latest Witcher game is codenamed Project Canis Majoris and is expected to be a “full-fledged” Witcher title separate from the new trilogy, but set in the same universe. The game is being developed by an external studio, the project is overseen by experienced CDPR developers who have worked on Witcher games before. “In terms of technology – we intend to use Unreal Engine 5 and the toolset created for Polaris,” the studio said.

While announcing the new wizard games are impressive in their own right, CD Projekt Red didn’t stop there. The studio has confirmed a 2020 sequel, Cyberpunk 2077, to “take the Cyberpunk franchise forward and continue to exploit the potential of this dark future universe.” It is being developed by CD Projekt Red North America, which basically includes the existing Vancouver team along with the newly formed Boston studio (not to be confused with The Molasses Flood). On the webcast, Kiciński mentioned that development work on Orion has not yet begun and will begin after the studio sends Cyberpunk 2077 extension Phantom Libertywhich is currently on track for a 2023 release.

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Cyberpunk 2077 | Image: CD Projekt Red

Finally, in a surprise reveal, CDPR also announced a new and third major IP codenamed Hadar. “The project is in the earliest stages of the creative process, which means that we are not developing a game yet, but are working exclusively on the foundations for this new environment,” the studio said in a tweet. Other than that, we don’t know much about this new IP or when it will be released. However, Michal Nowakowski, Vice President of CD Projekt, hinted that this new game will be another massive RPG similar to their other franchises.

“We make certain kinds of games. You can imagine what kind of game you can expect,” he said when talking about the new IP on a strategy update webcast. It takes time to come up with a new IP, and the studio began laying the creative groundwork on Hadar last year. When Nowakowski talked a bit about the entire creative process on this new IP, saying, “We started toying with this idea a few years ago. Early-stage concept work began in 2021, and for the first time in our history, the IP is being incubated exclusively within CD Projekt Red.” It’s important to understand that right now we’re still working on the core concepts and laying the groundwork for this new franchise.”

Another thing worth noting is CDPR’s push for online multiplayer. The studio plans to introduce online multiplayer for “most” of its upcoming titles, made possible in part by the power of Unreal Engine 5. “UE5, our new engine, offers a solid technical framework that allows us to develop multiplayer. most of our future titles,” Nowakowski shared in an update video. All in all, this new announcement gives fans a lot to look forward to, and we just hope that CD Projekt Red doesn’t make the same mistake they did with Cyberpunk 2077.

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Cyberpunk 2077 | Image: CD Projekt Red

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Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa is an experienced reporter specializing in video games, eSports and technology coverage. A BTech IT graduate, Shubhendu has previously written for entertainment-based publications such as GiveMeSport, Touch, Tap, Play, Attack of the Fanboy, EssentiallySports, Twinfinite and The Load Out.


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