The Witcher 3 has been a huge and deserved success for developers CD Project RED, and they're going into 2016 with plenty of momentum and a second major DLC pack in the works. Now CEO Adam Kicinski has been talking about their future plans.
(the original interview is here and in Polish, parts of it were translated here)
He addressed what's happening with The Witcher, especially for 2016:
"This and the next year will be devoted to The Witcher. Apart from the second expansion we have some additional ideas. They should help us animate sales in 2016. The game is selling so well, that we are convinced there are still many people who will buy it if we promote it further."
Will we be getting even more content from CDPR? It wouldn't surprising seeing as they gave away 16 DLC packs for free but they also know how to get players involved in their titles - make a really good game, add in great extra content and be extremely transparent about how it all works. And their massive sales have reflected how well that is working. Kicinski is also refreshingly honest about the relationship the company has with the players:
"We are trying to quickly fix any wrongs/problems and want players to talk to us as equals. And that's how we really look at things - I'm not saying it just because I'm in TV. We don't want to exploit gamers for their money (which is what many other gaming companies do) and that's why we don't want to become a part of a larger structure."
Beyond that, the company is also thinking about the future - after their work on The Witcher comes to an end. We've heard that their next project will be another RPG called Cyberpunk 2077 and while they won't talk publically about it until at least next year, progress is being made:
"Life after The Witcher exists. We've been working on Cyberpunk 2077 for a long time. It's a completely different reality, set in the future, with corporations and morally grey world. Just to be clear: We already have the release date for Cyberpunk 2077 planned, but we won't announce it until we are ready to start the marketing campaign. At the moment we're concentrating on The Witcher and don't want to distract users from that product, which we are still monetising."
Cyberpunk is real, and they're far enough along to know exactly when they want to release the game. In all honesty, we wouldn't expect it before 2017 with all of the work still ongoing on The Witcher and 2018 might be more realistic if you budget three years between releases. But make no mistake about it - CDPR is now in the big leagues and they'll be getting a huge amount of attention for their next release.
The Witcher 3 is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.