Cyberpunk 2077

The Final Cyberpunk 2077 Update: CD Projekt Red Shifts Focus to Sequels

In an exciting turn of events, CD Projekt Red has announced that the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 is about to receive its “last big update”. As the team behind the game wraps up development and prepares to shift its focus towards the upcoming sequel, codenamed Orion, and the next mainline Witcher game, codenamed Polaris, fans can’t help but wonder what lies ahead for these beloved franchises.

The Last Major Update

Scheduled for release on December 5, 2023, Cyberpunk 2077 update 2.1 alongside the Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition, marks the final major update for the game that has captured the attention of players worldwide for the past three years. This update promises to bring a fitting conclusion to the Cyberpunk 2077 journey, addressing any remaining issues and fine-tuning the overall gameplay experience.

According to CD Projekt Red, this last update signifies a strategic shift towards the development of Orion, the highly anticipated sequel to Cyberpunk 2077, as well as the next installment in the renowned Witcher series, Polaris. It’s an exciting time for fans as they eagerly await the future of these beloved franchises.

A Glimpse into the Sequels

Global community director Marcin Momot’s tweet hinted at CD Projekt Red’s plans for the future of Cyberpunk 2077 as he mentioned “one more patch” for the game. And in response to queries seeking clarification, a spokesperson confirmed that Update 2.1 is indeed intended to be the game’s final major update. This announcement aligns with CD Projekt Red’s previously stated ambitions in their November 2023 financial earnings report, which highlighted the company’s shift towards the development of Witcher 4.

The report disclosed that nearly half of CD Projekt Red’s staff had transitioned to working on Witcher 4 following the release of the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion, Phantom Liberty. This restructuring is an essential step towards the development of the next iteration of the Witcher series and promises to bring fresh narratives, immersive gameplay, and captivating experiences to fans.

Building Orion and the New Studio

While the transition to developing Witcher 4 is a relatively straightforward process, the creation of Orion, the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, requires a more elaborate plan. CD Projekt Red has embarked on building a new studio in the U.S. dedicated to bringing Orion to life. The CEO, Adam Kiciński, revealed in November 2023 that a core team of ten Cyberpunk franchise leaders, including game director Gabe Amatangelo, are already shaping the vision of the sequel, even though pre-production is still underway.

Considering the ambitious scope of Orion, CD Projekt Red North America initially anticipates needing only around 40-50 team members within the next year. This measured approach reflects the company’s determination not to repeat the missteps that plagued the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. By adopting a more considerate development process, CD Projekt Red aims to regain the trust of players and deliver an outstanding gaming experience.

Evolving the Cyberpunk Series

While little is known about the specifics of Orion at this early stage, Cyberpunk 2077’s narrative director, Igor Sarzyński, expressed his desire for the series to evolve similarly to The Witcher. This suggests that CD Projekt Red intends to build upon the strengths of the original Cyberpunk 2077 while incorporating fresh ideas. Even significant gameplay decisions are open for reconsideration, with the possibility of shifting from a first-person perspective to a third-person perspective, should it enhance the overall experience for players.

As CD Projekt Red brings Cyberpunk 2077 journey to a close with the “last big update”, all eyes are now focused on the future of this iconic franchise. The anticipation for the sequel, codenamed Orion, and the next chapter in the Witcher series, codenamed Polaris, is rapidly growing among fans. With CD Projekt Red’s commitment to delivering exceptional gaming experiences and learning from past mistakes, the future of both Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher series looks incredibly promising.