Remember that time you put on Witcher 3 to “check it out” and three months went by and you’ve barely done the third main story mission but have some nice boots and new weapons? It’s highly possible that CD Projekt Red’s next big game Cyberpunk 2077 will have you saying pretty much the same thing, but after six months of your life has gone by. Why?
MCVUK, in a recent interview with CDPR’s visual effects artist Jose Teixeira, reported that Cyberpunk is a much bigger game than Witcher 3’s massive scale. Teixeria admitted, ” cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before, far, far bigger. We’re really stepping into the unknown in terms of complexity and size and problems we encounter.” Just hearing this boggles the mind, serious Witcher 3 players have put in between 100-200 hours exploring and in quests. Given the completely different art style, theme, and setting, the massive content bodes well for gamers looking for something to really immerse themselves for the next six to 10 years.
I have always thought the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a very well made phenomenal game. However developers at CDPR see plenty of room for improvement. Teixeira continues, “I have a lot of things that I want to change and do better the next time around, and I can guarantee that almost everyone in that studio has something that they go ‘I did this this time, next time I can do it differently, I can do it better’.” If successful, CD Projekt Red’s newest IP could change what we’ve come to expect from open world RPG games.
CD Projekt Red was founded in 2002, and went through extensive hardships producing the first Witcher game. They were always a known opponent to DRM restrictions on games, and backed it with data from their own games. They have also developed a platform for game distribution for their site GoG.com (Good Old Games) which continues to thrive called GoG Galaxy. It has been impressive to watch them grow from humble beginnings to the cutting edge game producing studio they are now. We will continue to follow Cyberpunk 2077 with much (read: drooling and desperate) anticipation.