We’ve grown quite used to the idea that CD Projekt RED is now the Cyberpunk 2077 studio, but you should also be aware that the Polish developer and publisher has in The Witcher its first global success and an IP that it might be interested in nurturing.
In the latest earnings report, the company has clearly stated that it is supporting a “dual-franchise model” going forward, and this is a clear hint about the future of The Witcher as a franchise, that someone worried to be over together with the end of the story of Geralt of Rivia.
“This migration towards a dual-franchise model supported by several independent product lines also permits optimization of manufacturing and financial activities, mitigates important risk factors and makes it easier for Company employees to seek professional fulfillment,” said the publisher-developer, via VG247.
It is worth noting that the Polish developer has made a name mainly thanks to the success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so it’s almost a given that in the future a game based on the licensed IP should be involving that kind of third-person action-adventure RPG mechanics.
Nonetheless, with Cyberpunk 2077 finally launching on April 16, 2020, there’s also a matter of smoothing and fastening the development process of those titles. The game was first announced in 2012 and is coming to a full form in 2020; at the time being, we don’t even know whether it has a multiplayer component, and a New Game Plus mode is still to be determined.
The future looks bright for CD Projekt RED and its fans who were worried about the lack of The Witcher in its portfolio for the years to come, but hopefully, things will also improve from a technical standpoint.