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CD Projekt Wants To Narrow The Gap Between Major Releases

CD Projekt Wants To Narrow The Gap Between Major Releases

There is usually a gap of 4 and 5 years between major CD Projekt releases. However, in the company’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, the executives hinted that they would like to narrow the gap between their major releases.

CD Projekt Wants To Narrow The Gap Between Major Releases

If you exclude expansions, the timeline of CD Project’s major releases is as follows; The Witcher (2007), The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015), and Cyberpunk 2077 (2020).

The only way to trim the time between releases is for CD Projekt to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Interestingly, the studio currently has 4 internal projects running concurrently as of April 30. However, project Polaris is getting the most priority. The number of devs working on the project has swelled to 407.

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“We already worked on two projects at the same time when we worked on [Cyberpunk 2077 DLC] Phantom Liberty because that was a game-sized project with almost 300 people working on it, and at the same time we have already been working on Polaris, so we’ve had an experience of working on more than one project,” said joint CEO Michał Nowakowski.

“We are working on more than one project at this time as well. There is Cyberpunk 2 being developed in Boston, there is Polaris being developed predominantly here in Europe, and obviously we have other projects, with other teams like Project Sirius, also in Boston with The Molasses Flood.

“There is The Witcher 1 remake done in cooperation with Canis Majoris, so you can definitely expect us to release more titles and the cadence of launches is something we definitely plan to increase, although I will obviously not comment on what is the space between the projects time-wise.”

Update on CD Projekt’s ongoing projects

CD Projekt Wants To Narrow The Gap Between Major Releases

As has become customary with CD Projekt earnings report, the company provided an update on the distribution of development teams on its ongoing projects. In one of the slides, the company showed how their development team has changed since the last earnings report in February.

According to the latest slide shared by CD Projekt, no developer is working on Cyberpunk 2077 again. The 17 developers previously working on the project have now been drafted to other projects. Between February and April, Project Orion received the highest growth from 47 to 56 developers while the number of developers working on Project Hadar has remained the same (20).

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Project Orion is believed to be a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077. Not much is known about the project except that its development has been moved to North America. Some veterans who worked on the first title have also joined their colleagues in North America for the sequel.

The number of developers working on Project Polaris grew slightly from 403 to 407, making it the project with the highest number of engaged developers. Project Polaris is the first entry in a new Witcher trilogy. When the game was announced in 2022, CD Projekt said it plans to publish all three games in the new trilogy within six years.