CD Projekt Red has announced the codenames and brief descriptions for five new games, including 3 Witcher games, a new Cyberpunk, and a brand new IP.
Revealed on Twitter, it marks a major next step for the developer in several respects – from developing its own IP from scratch to developing multiple “full format” games at the same time. In a separate statement, the company says it’s “also adding multiplayer to the majority of future projects.” This is also the first time we’ve learned that the new Witcher trilogy won’t be the only new game set in this universe.
The five games are:
- Orion – “A codename for our next Cyberpunk game, which will take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue to tap into the potential of this dark future universe.” Orion will be developed by a brand new CD Projekt studio based in the United States.
- Polaris – “A code name for the next installment in The Witcher series of games, which we recently announced is in pre-production. It’s the start of a new saga: we aim to release two more games Witcher after Polaris, creating a new AAA trilogy RPG.” The complete trilogy is intended to be released “within a period of six years”.
- major dog – “A full-fledged Witcher game, separate from the new Witcher saga starting with Polaris. It will be developed by an external studio led by experienced developers who have worked on older Witcher games.” It is currently unknown which developer is working on this project.
- Sirius – “A code name for the game developed by [The Molasses Flood], set in The Witcher universe and created with support from CDPR. It will be different from our previous productions, offering multiplayer gameplay in addition to a single-player experience including a campaign with quests and a story.”
- Hadar – “A code name for an entirely separate third IP, created from scratch within CDPR. The project is in the early stages of the creative process, which means we are not yet developing a game, but working exclusively on the foundations of this new framework.”
Orion is the code name for our next Cyberpunk game, which will take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue to unlock the potential of this dark future universe. pic.twitter.com/JoVbCf6jYZ
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) October 4, 2022
Canis Majoris is perhaps the most intriguing project for CD Projekt among the list. Developed externally by a currently unknown developer, the strategic announcement explains: “This is the first product of this type developed outside the Group. However, this does not mean that its quality will lag behind our in-house productions. From a technological point of view, it will be based on Unreal Engine 5, with the set of tools created for Polaris. Expect additional announcements soon.
Canis Majoris marks what appears to be a newly opened CD Projekt, which is ready to work with partners on games and other media following the success of Netflix’s Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. “Our goal is to work with experienced partners who can meet our quality requirements and deliver engaging experiences for our fans,” said CFO Michał Nowakowski. “We’re doing this to create exciting new ways to interact with our brands, and also to allow our internal teams to focus on what drives us as a company: developing game-changing role-playing games.”
Details on the new intellectual property, Hadar, are understandably scarce, but Nowakowski added: “We started toying with the idea several years ago. Early conceptual work began in 2021 and, for the first time in our history, IP is being incubated entirely within CD Projekt Red, it is important to understand that at this time we are still working on basic concepts and laying the groundwork for this new franchise.
The news comes after CD Projekt announced that it would start developing Witcher and Cyberpunk games simultaneously, while also buying The Molasses Flood to work on games in its universes. His new North American studio will incorporate the Vancouver studio he has already purchased.
As part of the glut of announcements, we also learned that co-CEO Adam Kiciński would step down to apply for the presidency of the company.
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