The company recently released a Management Board Report, highlighting their financial situation both in the past and how they hope to maintain their success in the future. The 68 page document contains loads of information, but it all boils down to this; CD Projekt Red’s success is directly tied to The Witcher and Cyberpunk series.
While the report doesn’t explicitly state that any new games are on the way, its not a stretch to say that’s the case. The word ‘Witcher’ is littered across all the pages (87 times to be exact). They mention that all the games in the franchise combined have earned over 1000 accolades. Abandoning such a successful franchise wouldn’t make sense, especially since it seems to correlate directly to their financial well-being.
The report does mention, however, that they will be transitioning to a dual franchise studio. This simply means they will have to restructure to support the ongoing activities of two high profile game series (Cyberpunk and The Witcher) while also working on other projects as needed.
All of this points to plenty more of The Witcher and Cyberpunk in the future. Here it is, directly from the report:
“Managing two separate major franchises (The Witcher and Cyberpunk), along with several independent development teams, enables the Company to conduct parallel work on several projects and smoothens its long-term release schedule.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The Witcher has not only been a cash cow for the company, but it’s also a beloved game series. Dropping support wouldn’t make any sense. The franchise has a massive backstory to draw inspiration from and plenty of options for future releases. Cyberpunk on the other hand is just getting started. If Cyberpunk 2077 does well (which looks to be the case), then we can probably expect a similar treatment to The Witcher.
CD Projekt Red is one of the most respected game companies around. No matter what they chose to do, it’ll probably be the right choice.