CD Projekt Red have released a statement responding to news of recent departures from the studio.
The joint statement from co-founder Marcin Iwinski and studio head Adam Badowski allays fears that the project might be delayed or hindered by the news. They have also addressed their relative silence on the game and shed some light on its development ethos.
“We believe reinventing that wheel every friggin’ time is what makes it a better game,” the studio said, in a statement released on Twitter. “It’s what creates innovation and makes it possible for us to say we’ve worked really hard on something, and we think its worth your hard-earned cash.”
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) October 16, 2017
Considering their ambitious track record with games, its easy to see why the studio would want to take their time with a project like this. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt received critical acclaim for its epic scope and engaging narrative, and in that respect Cyberpunk 2077 has big shoes to fill as their next big open-world RPG.
The upcoming game will run on RedEngine 4, an upgraded version of the engine that powered Wild Hunt. Development has been underway for five years, but presumably has intensified since resources from the Witcher 3 were moved over to the new project.
Little else is know about the upcoming release, other than a glimpse of its setting in the futuristic Night City and some interesting gameplay teasers. The most memorable of these is the idea of language in the game, with some characters speaking entirely different languages forcing the player purchase translator implants for their own character. With exciting and innovative ideas like this, it’s easy to see why CD Projekt Red might want to take their time.