The former game director for The Witcher 3 has now switched roles to be Design Director for Cyberpunk 2077.
There’s a lot going on within the hallowed halls of CD Projekt Red. Earlier this year, the creative director for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher, Sebastian Stępień, left the Polish developer in favor of greener pastures over at Blizzard Entertainment--a decision he may be regretting in light of Activision Blizzard’s recent layoffs.
Meanwhile, another former The Witcher 3 creative director is moving on up in the world. Konrad Tomaszkiewicz has updated his LinkedIn profile recently to reflect his new position as Design Director for Cyberpunk 2077, as well as CD Projekt Red’s new Vice President of Game Development.
Previously, Tomaszkiewicz’s profile listed himself as Game Director for The Witcher 3 and all of its released expansions.
This clearly indicates there is some shuffling going on within the higher ranks of CD Projekt Red following Stępień’s departure. Along with Mateusz Kanik and Tomaszkiewicz, Stępień was one of the trio of game directors that worked on The Witcher 3, the Polish developer’s most successful game to date. Stępień is also credited with being the main writer of The Witcher 3, as well as the Narrative and Setting Director for Cyberpunk 2077.
With Stępień now working at Blizzard, this seems to indicate the Cyberpunk 2077’s story is now complete and that the remaining work to be done is of a more technical nature. As Design Director, Tomaszkiewicz will complete Cyberpunk 2077’s coding and optimization for current model consoles and PC hardware, as well as leading the charge against numerous bugs that are sure to crop up.
We still don’t have a release date for Cyberpunk 2077, but we do know that the game will be featured at CD Projekt Red’s booth at this year’s E3 in a playable form. Our best guess would be to see the game debut sometime next winter at the earliest.