CD Projekt Red is working on a ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ follow-up and several new Witcher games

CD Projekt Red may be a lot busier than expected. The developer has shared a long-term roadmap that fleshes out and expands on its plans. First of all, a project codenamed “Orion” is effectively a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 that will “further develop” the potential of the sci-fi franchise. It is being developed by CDPR teams in Boston and Vancouver.

And while it’s no secret that a new Unreal Engine 5-based The Witcher game is in the works (it went into pre-production this spring), it’s really just the beginning of a new trilogy. You might not have to wait long for the story to end either. CDPR hopes to release all three games within six years, with the first (codenamed “Polaris”) serving as the technological foundation for the remaining two.

Other titles include Sirius, a The Witcher spinoff with solo and multiplayer elements aimed at a “broader audience”. It was developed by The Flame and the Tide studio The molasses flood. Another project, “Canis Majoris”, is a “full-fledged” game from the Witcher universe made by an external developer using UE5. And no, CDPR won’t be making Cyberpunk and Witcher games forever. Hadar will be a new universe from scratch. It’s still in an extremely early stage of development (conceptual work didn’t start until 2021), so it’s probably years away.

Regardless of what you play, expect online gameplay to become a regular feature. In its roadmap presentation, CDPR said that “most” of its new games will have a multiplayer component. The company has been shy about what this will entail.

CDPR doesn’t shy away from the reasons for expansion. The broader catalog and collaboration with outside developers will help “reach new consumers” while maintaining three enduring franchises. If all goes well, a producer best known for rare, single-player-centric releases will offer a steady stream of games that will help it become more of a household name, much like Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft – in in size, though hopefully not in quality.

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