The Polish game developer behind The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 franchises has reaffirmed its commitment to staying independent amid rumors of potential buyouts.
CD Projekt Red, one of the most successful and acclaimed game studios in the industry, has once again dismissed the market speculations that it could be acquired by a larger entity. In a recent interview with the Polish newspaper Parkiet, the company’s CEO Adam Kiciński stated that the studio is not interested in joining any other corporation and that it values its independence and vision.
“These are just rumors. We have always had a clear position, supported by the regulations included in the statute (aimed at preventing a hostile takeover). We are not interested in being included in any larger entity. We have worked our whole lives to get to the position we have now. And we believe that in a few years we will be even bigger and stronger. We have ambitious plans and we are passionate about what we do. We value independence,” Kiciński said.
The company has overcome the challenges of Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red’s stance on remaining independent is not surprising, considering the success and popularity of its games, especially The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and won numerous awards. The studio also managed to overcome the challenges and controversies of its latest release, Cyberpunk 2077, which despite being plagued by technical issues and negative reviews at launch, still sold over 13 million copies in its first week and received critical acclaim for its story, characters, and world-building.
The company has invested millions of dollars and resources to fix and improve Cyberpunk 2077, releasing several patches and updates, as well as a fully-fledged ultimate edition with a massive expansion called Phantom Liberty, which added new content, features, and gameplay options. The studio also offered free refunds and apologies to the dissatisfied customers and promised to deliver the best possible experience for the fans.
The company has multiple projects in development
CD Projekt Red is not resting on its laurels, however, as it has multiple projects in development, both within its existing franchises and new ones. The studio is currently working on Project Polaris, a three-part saga set in The Witcher universe, with the first game already in production; Project Sirius, a new type of game from The Molasses Flood, a studio that CD Projekt Red acquired in 2022; Project Canis Majoris, a remaster of the original The Witcher game with enhanced graphics and gameplay; and Project Orion, a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 that may also feature multiplayer elements.
The studio also has a new original IP in the works, codenamed Project Hadar, which is expected to be a completely different genre and style from its previous games. However, this project is still in the early stages of development and not much is known about it.
CD Projekt Red is confident that its current and future games will continue to attract and satisfy millions of players around the world, and that it will remain one of the leading and most respected game developers in the industry.