CD Projekt Red confirms the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 and five other Witcher games

Shortly: CD Projekt Red (RED 2.0) confirmed that a Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely on the table. However, it could be a while as it looks like the priority for the studio is a new Witcher trilogy. The Polish developer has already announced that it will run simultaneous teams on both IPs. So we could see a shift in the starting order of the upcoming games.

In 2021, CD Projekt Red has reorganized its studios to be able to work on multiple titles at the same time. It dubbed the plan “RED 2.0” and promised it would have teams working together on its two biggest franchises – the veteran Witcher and the newly introduced Cyberpunk 2077 worlds.

At the time, the announcement seemed implausible, considering CDPR was still reeling from the less-than-warm reviews Cyberpunk 2077’s bug-riddled launch deserved. Many felt that talk of a March 2021 sequel was a bit early as players were still waiting for the debut title to be fixed.

Like it or not, a recent strategy update confirms that RED 2.0 is alive and well. The presentation states that CDPR already has a second Cyberpunk 2077 game, codenamed Project Orion, in early development. Also, as promised, the studio has the next Witcher – wait, making five Witcher games in the pipeline.

In total, CDPR has six “projects” in various stages of direct or indirect development, which are expected to produce eight games:

in the house

  • Phantom Liberty – Upcoming CP2077 expansion
  • Project Orion – Sequel to Cyberpunk 2077
  • Project Polaris – a new Witcher trilogy
  • Project Hadar – an unknown new IP

Third party

  • Project Sirius – Witcher game developed by The Molasses Flood
  • Project Canis Majoris – Witcher RPG from an unnamed third party studio

Details on these titles were scarce, and timelines were just as vague. The studio set Project Polaris to release three games over a six-year period. It already has 160 team members working on it and will likely add more as the 350 Phantom Liberty developers launch their expansion. Orion appears to be in the very early stages of development and may not have formed a full team yet. The strategy makes sense – release the CP2077 expansion, launch a new Witcher game, and then start thinking about getting a CP2077 sequel into gamers’ hands.

The third parties developing Sirius and Canis Majoris will likely see releases before CDRP works directly on them (aside from Phantom Liberty), but that’s my speculation. I don’t think RED 2.0 wants a repeat of the CP2077 launch, so it’ll probably take its sweet time to get anything out the door.

As bumpy as Cyberpunk 2077 got off to a good start in December 2020, there’s no denying its success. At launch, the game already had 8 million pre-orders. It’s unknown how many customers took advantage of CDPR’s refund offer for the shabby launch, but by the end of 2020 it had surpassed 10 million digital sales (a record) and 3 million discs. As of September 2022, the total number of units sold worldwide exceeded 20 million.

If that’s not enough to justify a sequel, someone will call EA and let their Star Wars Battlefront team know. This game has a total lifetime revenue of 14 million, with its grind-heavy sequel only bringing in 9 million. CD Projekt Red confirms the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 and five other Witcher games

Chris Barrese

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