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Cyberpunk 2077 Sequel, New Witcher Trilogy, and More Announced by CD PRojekt RED

Cyberpunk 2077 Sequel, New Witcher Trilogy, and More Announced by CD PRojekt RED - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 October 2022 / 2,858 Views

CD Projekt RED has announced it is working on a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077, a new The Witcher trilogy, a new IP, and more.

The company has confirmed the fourth entry in The Witcher franchise that was previously announced will be the first entry in a new trilogy. 

"This project launches the new Witcher trilogy, expanding the universe presented in past Witcher games," reads the announcement from CD Projekt RED. "The saga will consist of three games which we plan to release during a six-year publishing cycle, starting with the release date of Polaris itself.

"In technical terms, the second and third part of the saga will be based on the foundation which we put in place for Polaris. By following this approach we intend to improve our game development pipeline without giving up on any of our artistic ambitions, or on our intent to raise the bar ever higher with each successive release."

The Cyberpunk 2077 sequel is codenamed Project Orion and is developed by CD Projekt RED North America. It consists of a newly created stuidio in Boston and its existing Vancouver team. The studio is separate from The Molasses Flood. The sequel will "prove the full power and potential of the Cyberpunk universe."

"Our plans are certainly ambitious, and call for a great deal of work, dedication and further growth," said CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński. "This is why we're setting up a new team in Boston, which, together with the expanding Vancouver team, will form our new studio – CD PROJEKT RED North America. As a result, we will be able to fully tap into the North American talent pool."

The new original IP is codenamed Project Hadar and is being built from scratch. Early concept work began in 2021 and the team continues to "work on the foundations of this world – laying the setting for a third separate product line in the future."

There were also two other games set in The Witcher universe announced - Project Sirius and Project Canis Majoris.

Project Sirius is developed by The Molasses Flood with support from the CD Projekt RED team. It will target a broader audience and will include single-player and multiplayer gameplay.

Project Canis Majoris is being "developed by an external studio under the supervision of experienced developers who have previously worked on Witcher games. In terms of technology – we intend to use Unreal Engine 5 and the toolset created for Polaris."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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TallSilhouette (on 04 October 2022)

Nice to have confirmation of a Cyberpunk sequel in the works. Despite a rough start the IP still has tons of potential. The new IP is welcome, too.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 04 October 2022)

We truly live in the age of early announcements, none of these games sound likely to come out in the first half of the decade. A whole new Witcher trilogy certainly has a ton of potential, but I'll reserve my judgement till we actually see any of it.

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shikamaru317 UnderwaterFunktown (on 04 October 2022)

This is for recruitment mainly. They plan to work on 3 AAA games at once based on this roadmap, 1 Witcher, 1 Cyberpunk, and 1 game in the new IP, all at once. That is going to take alot of hiring to pull off, so they are letting people know what their roadmap is now to get recruits. Also it is designed to hype up their shareholders.

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UnderwaterFunktown shikamaru317 (on 04 October 2022)

Sure, it's definitely not for the sake of the players that they announce things this early, wouldn't be much reason for that. But well, now we know.

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VAMatt UnderwaterFunktown (on 04 October 2022)

You'll have to wait until about 2040 to judge that trilogy then. Maybe 2050.

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VAMatt (on 04 October 2022)

Looking back on it now, I think CDPR may have screwed up by making the Witcher 3 such a big game, with giant DLCs. Now people expect that from them. If they make Witcher games that are half that size and DLCs that are a quarter of that size, which would be more in line with industry standards, we'll all talk about how they don't measure up to TW3. But, it'll take them forever, and cost a ton of money, to make another trilogy of games of that size, scope, and caliber.

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Alistair VAMatt (on 04 October 2022)

actually they did talk openly about how most people don't complete their games, so they can make them smaller and nothing much is loss in the future (cyberpunk was smaller in story, even if the world was big)

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VAMatt Alistair (on 04 October 2022)

Most people don't complete all games, that's not unique to CDPR.

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KratosLives (on 05 October 2022)

Ahead of themselves abit too much

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DonFerrari (on 05 October 2022)

Considering their difficult with a single major project in Cyberpunk I don't think this is a great idea.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 04 October 2022)

They should've abandoned ship cyber but here they are,

Still trying to fix the game.

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Hynad LivncA_Dis3 (on 04 October 2022)

The game has been fixed. Get with the times.

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TheTitaniumNub LivncA_Dis3 (on 05 October 2022)

Nah, the game has NOT been fixed, not sure why he's telling you it is. The game is still a very far cry from what they originally lied about. Sure, it's been updated some, but, not worth playing still if we are comparing it to what we were actually supposed to get.

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