During a recent interview, CD Projekt co-founder has revealed he didn’t play the latest The Witcher game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. That’s not as surprising as it sounds, considering that he is just a shareholder, although one of the main person in the company, but he hasn’t been involved that much during the last 5 years.
Have a look at this interesting passage of the interview with Polish publication Gazeta:
Daniel Maikowski: You’re the co-founder and one of the main shareholders in CD Projekt, but for the past 5 years you haven’t actively taken part in its business. Don’t you miss the gaming world, which was an integral part of your life for so many years?
Michal Kicinski: Generaly speaking, I don’t miss it. If there’s a small grain of nostalgia, I open up some strategy game on an iPad and that’s good enough for me. It’s not that I lost all interest in video games. I still like them, but now I have many more interests and activities which are more interesting than playing.
Back in the day I used to play all night long titles such as Diablo, Starcraft or Counter Strike, and then I had to recover lost health. Always, when I entered a video game world it completely disturbed my day-to-day life. I made a concious decision that there’re equally interesting things, even more interesting than games, that simultaneously make me feel better – physically, psychically and emotionally.
You’re not about to tell me, that you haven’t played the newest Witcher?
Admittedly neither have I. Even though the game looks brilliant, I am overwhelmed by the fact, that in order to complete it, you have to invest dozens of hours.
That’s exactly what I meant earlier. There comes a moment, when you have to make a decision, how you want to spend that dozens of hours of your life. At this stage, at which I am right now, I believe that the real world is just more interesting than the virtual one, even tho the latter can also be interesting and addicting.
Much interesting, indeed, to see how things work in a video games company beyond, well, video games themselves. Luckily enough we’ll see Kicinski return to his original passion soon!
On topic of the success of the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Michal Kicinski termed it as a “unbelievable success, gigantic commercial success”, but added that the expectations with Cyberpunk 2077 is even higher and many guys at CD Projekt Red are confident that Cyberpunk 2077 could be a much bigger commercial success than “The Witcher 3”.
What do you think about the success of The Witcher 3?
– I think that none of us expected such an unbelievable success of the game and CD Projekt itself. We’re talking about a game, that has pretty much won every single award and accolade that you can in this industry.
If we’re to expect something more, it would be even better sales of the game. My brother Adam (CD Projekt’s CEO) spoke about it at one of the investors conferences. The Witcher 3 was of course a gigantic commercial success, but in terms of sales there’s still a lot of room for growth. CD Projekt’s ambition is to catch up with the largest developers in the world in that area.
Is “Cyberpunk 2077” the game, which will allow you to reach that goal?
– I think it’s absolutely realistic. “The Witcher” was a fantastic material for a game, but it also constraint us. For startes, we’re working with a story set in a fantasy world. Secondary, we’re promoting a brand, that was mainly known in Central-Eastern Europe, and not in the west.
I’m confident, that Cyberpunk 2077 can be a much bigger commercial success than “The Witcher 3”. Futuristic world of the Cyberpunk is much closer to what we know from our daily lives. It’s also much more popular, massive as you can tell by its presence in the films, books, comics and games. You have to remember, that fantasy is a much more niche topic.
I believe, that in case of Cyberpunk, CD Projekt can fight not only for prestigious awards and accolades, but also for a huge commercial success. It’s hard to achieve both of those in our industry, but it’s perfectly doable, as shown by Rockstar and, in the past, Blizzard.