Last week there was a reshuffle in the digital entertainment industry. Sebastian Stepien, who worked for over 12 years at CD Projekt RED, moved to California, where he became Creative Director at Blizzard Entertainment. Stepien was one of the key figures in the team working on the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, so his departure raised a lot of questions about the future of the game. Fortunately, as reported by StockWatch (in Polish), the work on the title is in full swing. The team working on the game consists of over 400 people – such information was provided by Karolina Gnas from CD Projekt’s investor relations department.
This number of people involved in the development seems impressive (especially since we are considering only full-time employees). In August last year the team consisted of 300-350 people. Since then, the company has managed to expand by a branch in Wroclaw. It is worth mentioning that at the peak of work on the third part of The Witcher, the title was supervised by "only" 250 people. This did not prevent the production from winning many industry awards. What's more, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has become the top-rated PC game on Metacritic. The title boasts a score of 9.4/10. Interestingly, the second place on the list (along with some other productions) is taken by the game’s expansion: Blood and Wine.
Last week was a great time for CD Projekt. The company's shares have increased by over 9% in five days, and the group's capitalization currently equals to PLN 18 billion ($4.8 billion). Cyberpunk 2077 is clearly conducive to the company's interests. If CD Projekt RED meets the expectations of players, the company has a chance to stay among the giants of digital entertainment, such as Rockstar or the aforementioned Blizzard.
Cyberpunk 2077 will probably launch somewhere in 2020. The production is aimed at PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but it may also appear on next-generation platforms.
- Cyberpunk 2077 official website
- CD Projekt RED official homepage
- Cyberpunk 2077 key dev leaves CDPR, joins Blizzard