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CD Projekt won't market new games until 'much closer' to launch

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CD Projekt still hasn't said whether or not it'll follow up The Witcher 3 with another big Witcher RPG, but did seem to imply as much this week. In a slide from its latest investor update (opens in new tab), the company declared that "parallel AAA development" will start in 2022. The text is set over artwork from The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077—pretty suggestive!

The future isn't quite as clear as the image makes it seem, though. CD Projekt president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński did say in the latest strategy update video (opens in new tab) that the company will work on two "AAA" games simultaneously by growing its operations (it bought a Canadian studio, as one step), but he didn't mention any plans for a new Witcher game, and definitely didn't indicate plans for a new Cyberpunk game. In fact, CD Projekt is backing off of designs for a Cyberpunk multiplayer game.

"Previously we hinted that our next triple-A would be a multiplayer Cyberpunk game, but we have decided to reconsider this plan," Kiciński said in the video.

CD Projekt SVP of business development Michał Nowakowski also said that, compared to past marketing campaigns, CD Projekt won't start showing trailers and demos until its games are "much closer" to launch. It may still tease things, but don't expect another years-long series of trailers and demos. If there is a new Witcher RPG in the works, CD Projekt isn't saying for now.

As for what is announced, the current Cyberpunk roadmap includes "patches and updates," free DLC, and the next gen update. CD Projekt is also working on a next gen update for The Witcher 3, and its other Witcher plans include more work on mobile game Monster Slayer and "further development of Gwent." That's all that has actually been announced.

There's still a decent chance that one of those AAA projects is a Witcher game. It probably won't be The Witcher 4, as CD Projekt has said that the current RPG series is a trilogy and only a trilogy, but the company did negotiate a new deal with Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski back in 2019, and has said in the past that it doesn't plan to stop making Witcher stuff.

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While the strategy update expresses that CD Projekt is more than a singleplayer RPG developer—it's now into TV, music, merchandise, mobile games, and multiplayer modes—big RPGs remain the basis for all that other stuff. In investor update terminology, "world-class AAA RPGs" are the first elements in CD Projekt's Cyberpunk and Witcher "franchise flywheels." (Where would we be without franchise flywheels?)

That in mind, there's surely more than Cyberpunk DLC and a Witcher 3 next-gen update on the way, and CD Projekt has hinted at other RPG projects before. The specifics of previous teases may not be very reliable anymore, though, with Cyberpunk multiplayer as one example of something that won't pan out as expected. And with CD Projekt becoming more cautious about early announcements and years-long marketing periods, we may not know what's ahead until it's nearly upon us.

You can watch the full strategy update video here (opens in new tab).

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.