Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077: First-Person Success and Future Plans

CD Projekt Red, the renowned video game developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise, took a bold step with their latest release, Cyberpunk 2077. Unlike The Witcher, which featured a third-person perspective, Cyberpunk 2077 opted for a first-person viewpoint. The decision, according to the quest director Paweł Sasko, was deliberate and aimed to establish a unique identity for the game.

During the CD Projekt Red Investor Day presentation, Paweł Sasko addressed the question of whether the studio regretted the first-person approach in Cyberpunk 2077. He confidently stated that there were no regrets on their part. The team wanted Cyberpunk 2077 to stand out and wanted players to perceive it as a distinct and immersive experience. Sasko emphasized that in today’s gaming landscape, where platforms like YouTube and Twitch play a significant role, having a distinct identity is vital for a game’s success.

Sasko further explained that the first-person perspective was a defining characteristic of Cyberpunk and played a crucial role in shaping the game’s identity. Drawing a sharp contrast with The Witcher franchise, he highlighted how the decision to go first-person allowed them to craft Cyberpunk 2077 as a unique and individualistic gaming experience.

While Cyberpunk 2077’s first-person approach was met with mixed reception from players and critics alike, CD Projekt Red remains steadfast in their decision. However, when it comes to the sequel, codenamed Orion, the studio seems to be more open-ended. Sasko indicated that CD Projekt Red is yet to make a final decision regarding the perspective for Cyberpunk 2.

It’s important to note that Orion is still in the early stages of development, and CD Projekt Red is currently prioritizing the next installment of The Witcher franchise, codenamed Polaris, with an expected release date of 2025 at the earliest. Orion will be developed at CD Projekt Red’s new North American studios, which are currently under construction. Although the team has officially begun work on Orion, it is still in the conceptual design phase, as mentioned by CD Projekt Red’s chief creative officer, Adam Badowski.

The CD Projekt Red Investor Day presentation offered other exciting announcements as well. The developers unveiled a live-action Cyberpunk project, showcasing their commitment to expanding the franchise’s universe beyond gaming. Additionally, they revealed that Cyberpunk 2077 has successfully sold over 25 million units, highlighting its commercial success.

In a surprising turn of events, CEO Adam Kiciński announced his decision to step down during the presentation, adding another layer of change for CD Projekt Red. Despite these changes, CD Projekt Red continues to prioritize their commitment to delivering high-quality gaming experiences.