CD Projekt RED has announced five new projects: a new one Sorcerer game codenamed “Sirius” from The Molasses Flood, new Sorcerer CD Projekt RED trilogy, new Sorcerer third party codenamed game “Canis Majoris”, new Cyberpunk 2077 game codenamed “Orion” from the new Boston studio of CD Projekt RED and a completely new intellectual property codenamed “Hadar” from CD Projekt RED.
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Long-term product outlook
■ The sorcerer
“Now, let me present our production plans for a few more years. The first three versions in our pipeline will belong to The sorcerer franchise, and we have already started pre-production on two of them, “said Adam Kicinski, joint president and CEO of CD Projekt RED.
Sirius (from The Melasses Flood)
“The Molasses Flood game, codenamed ‘Sirius’, is set in the Witcher universe and was created with support from the developers of CD Projekt RED. It will be different from our past productions in the sense that it will appeal to a wider audience. Along with the single player experience, players will be able to play with others, as “Sirius” will feature multiplayer.
New Sorcerer Trilogy (by CD Project RED)
“Another project, codenamed ‘Polaris’, is the game that opens the new Sorcerer saga, further expands the open world storytelling from which it is known The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. There will be three games in the saga and we aim to deliver them over a period of six years starting with the release of Polaris. It’s a bold claim as we’re talking about three large-scale productions, but we really mean it and have a plan on how to achieve it. Both the second and third installments will benefit, in technological terms, from the foundations laid during the development of Polaris. In this way we aim to facilitate the development process while remaining creatively ambitious.
Canis Majoris (Third Party)
“The next project, codenamed ‘Canis Majoris’, will be another in effect Sorcerer production. It will be created by an external studio that Michal just talked about, led by experienced developers who have worked previously Sorcerer Games. On the technical side, we plan to use Unreal Engine 5 and the toolset we are creating for Polaris.
■ Cyberpunk 2077
“As you have seen, many things are happening in the world of The sorcererso let’s jump into the dystopian future.
Phantom Freedom (Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt RED expansion)
“This year we plan to release […] a great expansion for Cyberpunk 2077titled “Phantom Freedom”.
Orion (by CD Project RED)
“Another project we want to focus on is Orion, again it’s a code name, the next one Cyberpunk game that will unleash the full potential that this universe offers. Our ambitious plans will require a lot of work, dedication and further team growth.
“Speaking of which I have important news to share. We are creating a new studio based in North America. Alongside The Molasses Flood, which will remain exclusively Sirius-centric, we are creating a team in Boston, which together with our existing Vancouver-based team will found CD Projekt RED North America. This study will be in charge of guiding the development of Orion. This move will allow us to fully tap into the North American talent pool. ”
■ New IP
Hadar (by CD Project RED)
“I am thrilled to announce that CD Projekt RED has begun creative exploration on a completely distinct third IP, codenamed ‘Hadar’,” said Michal Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development at CD Projekt RED. “We started thinking about it a few years ago. The first conceptual works began in 2021 and, for the first time in our history, the IP is incubated entirely within CD Projekt RED. It is important to understand that we are not yet making a game. We are working on the foundations of this new approach.
“It would be all about the new games, but we have more to share with you today. While we believe that our games and the worlds we create within them tell fantastic stories that impact many, we also believe that letting players interact with each other will create new experiences for them. That way, we don’t want to in any way reduce the single player experience due to that direction. What’s important, Unreal Engine 5, our new engine, offers a solid technological framework, allowing us to develop multiplayer for most of our future titles. Our approach to online skills development and a broad overview of the technological changes taking place in the Group are presented by the board members responsible for these respective sectors. “
Message from Marcin Iwinski
“Today I have important news both for me and for the company.
“I am starting a new personal chapter in CD Projekt, as I will be presenting my candidacy for the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board, leaving my role as Joint CEO behind me.
“By the end of 2022, I will be handing over my duties to my colleagues on the board. For me this is a great moment. I’ve been at CD Projekt for nearly 30 years and have seen him go from a handful of passion-driven rebels to an internationally recognized developer of story-based RPGs loved by millions around the world. When Michal Kicinski and I started the company, I think neither of us would have been able to imagine this incredible journey, not even in our wildest dreams.
“When I think about the future of CD Projekt, it’s so exciting for me. Today, the company is made up of over 1,200 people in offices around the world. But CD Projekt has never had anything to do with the place or the physical scale – it’s about the tremendous amount of talent we have, the hard work and dedication of everyone who chooses to work here.
“It is thanks to that commitment and extraordinary talent that at this moment I have the same feeling as all those years ago: hunger and optimism for what awaits me. It really seems like this is just the beginning. Our extremely ambitious strategy has such a strong and inspiring team at the helm, and I deeply believe in our plan to take CD Projekt to new heights. As such, I intend to remain a major shareholder and in my new non-executive role I will remain active and engaged by dedicating my focus to supporting the entire Management Board. I will also stay connected to the heart of what makes us special, which is making the best storytelling games in the world and doing the players well.
“I want to thank everyone who has ever been a part of what I think is one of the most vibrant video game companies in the world. I say this to all members of the RED team, to all business partners and, above all, to all players … Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ”
Co-founder, joint CEO, CD Projekt RED
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