CD Projekt doesn't feel 'threatened' by Larian's move into Warsaw: 'The more, the merrier'

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Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian Studios opened a new operation in Warsaw earlier this month to help support the development of "two very ambitious RPGs." There's just one problem: Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is already home to one of the world's most ambitious RPG studios, CD Projekt. Is there room in that town for both of them?

It might seem like kind of an odd question at first blush: Warsaw has a greater population than the Canadian city of Montreal, home to multiple game studios from companies including Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Warner, and others. (Larian also has a studio in nearby Quebec City.) But in case there was any doubt, CD Projekt joint CEO Michał Nowakowski said it's all good in the 'hood.

"When it comes to Larian opening up a new studio, the more the merrier," Nowakowski said during an investors call. "Larian are great people, Swen is a great guy, and that team is great ... I completed [Baldur's Gate 3], I loved it. Big fan of D&D as well personally.

"Do we see any threats? To be honest there's always a threat that somebody can leave and go somewhere else, and whether they have a studio in Warsaw or it's a job opportunity somewhere else, the difference is not that big. The world is a pretty small place, and developers, especially at a senior level, are very often mobile. And if somebody didn't want to work on the project but they dream of working with somebody else, they will do it anyway. So having Larian next door or not, does not change that much from our perspective. We wish them nothing but the best."

CD Projekt associate game director Pawel Sasko publicly welcomed Larian's move into Warsaw. (Image credit: Swen Vincke/Pawel Sasko (Twitter))

It's a reasonable position to take: I'm not intimately familiar with EU rules but generally speaking, borders between European nations are pretty permeable when it comes to relocating for work. And while Larian is no doubt a powerhouse RPG studio, CD Projekt is very much its equal in that regard. And as Larian boss Swen Vincke himself said when announcing the new studio in Warsaw, "There's a lot of talent here." Enough to go around, apparently.

Correction: The report originally indicated the statements at CD Projekt 's financial call were made by joint chief operating officer Piotr Karwowski. They were in fact made by Nowakowski.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.