It has been verified by CD Projekt Red (RED 2.0) that a Cyberpunk 2077 is unquestionably in the works. However, it appears like a new Witcher trilogy is the studio’s first focus, so it might take some time. The Polish publisher has previously made it clear that it intends to run concurrent teams on both IPs. As a result, the launch order of its planned titles may be changed.
In order to work on several games at once, CD Projekt Red reorganised its studios in 2021. The strategy was dubbed “RED 2.0,” and it made a commitment to having teams collaborate on its two most popular titles, the recently released Cyberpunk 2077 universe and the venerable Witcher, respectively.
At the time, the announcement appeared unlikely given that CDPR was still smarting from the negative feedback Cyberpunk 2077’s bug-riddled debut received. Since gamers were still waiting for the first game’s bugs to be fixed, many thought that rumours of a sequel being released in March 2021 was a little premature.
Whether you like it or not, a recent strategy update shows that RED 2.0 is still operational. According to the presentation, CDPR is already working on a second Cyberpunk 2077 game under the working title of Project Orion. The team is also working on the following five Witcher games, as promised.
- Phantom Liberty — Upcoming CP2077 expansion
- Project Orion — Cyberpunk 2077 sequel
- Project Polaris — a new Witcher trilogy
- Project Hadar — an unknown new IP
- Project Sirius — Witcher game developed by The Molasses Flood
- Project Canis Majoris — Witcher RPG by an unnamed third-party studio
These titles lacked specifics and had hazy release dates. Over a six-year period, the firm expected to release three games under Project Polaris. There are already 160 team members working on it, and once the 350 Phantom Liberty developers begin their expansion, more will probably join. Orion seems to be in its very early stages of development and may not even have a fully assembled team. The plan makes sense: release the CP2077 expansion, release a new Witcher game, and then consider releasing a CP2077 sequel.
It’s possible that the third parties creating Sirius and Canis Majoris will release their games before CDRP (apart from Phantom Liberty), but that’s just my guess. It’s likely that RED 2.0 will take its sweet time pushing anything out the door because it doesn’t want a repetition of the CP2077 debut.
No matter how difficult the December 2020 release of Cyberpunk 2077 was, it was a success. The game received 8 million preorders before to release. Unknown numbers of customers may have accepted CDPR’s refund offer for the poor debut, but by 2020, the company had sold 3 million discs and over 10 million digital downloads, a record. Globally, more over 20 million devices had been sold as of September 2022.
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