The past year and a half has been unpopular with Polish developer CD Projekt Red. Studio – part of CD Projekt Group, a company that also owns the online game marketplace GOG – faced huge criticism upon its release. Cyberpunk 2077 and has since been busy fixing the game. In the time since, the studio has faced failure after failure, with their announcements leaning more towards a delayed project than good news for fans.
Even so, on the surface, the company seems to shake off the dust of Cyberpunk 2077. While their short-term ambitions have only focused on past releases, the studio has plans for the future. It’s being expected – and in a big way. A recent earnings report from the company revealed that it is working on a variety of unannounced projects, one of which is being co-developed by another studio, The Molasses Flood, and will be based on one of CD Projekt Red franchises.
Flooding the pipeline
CD Projekt Red’s current content plans seek to reinforce what the studio already has there. Cyberpunk 2077 recently received a updates the current generation and will get the first major story expansion next year. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was also set to receive its own current-generation update, although its release date was postponed indefinitely following CD Projekt Red’s internal development decision.
The Polish studio also got a sequel to The Witcher 3 in works. The game is untitled and only revealed with a screenshot showing a Witcher amulet half-buried in the snow, but it’s enough to keep fans curious. The Witcher franchise is very popular and the sequel to it The Witcher 3feels like the end of a story about longtime protagonist Geralt, there’s so much to live for.
Let’s be clear here: CD Projekt Red cannot buy another Cyberpunk 2077, especially in regards to a new Witcher title. Goodwill towards the studio was at an all-time low because Cyberpunk and a fake release for a new Witcher game would cause any consumer confidence to crumble.
It’s a bit confusing at the top of those projects (as well as a new single player Gwent spinoff), CD Projekt Red has even more games in the works. According to the company’s latest investor report, it is currently doing “research and concept work on unannounced projects” and has another unannounced game in development at The Molasses Flood.
Here’s a quick recap if you haven’t heard of The Molasses Flood before: It’s a small Boston-based studio owned by CD Projekt Group. Founded in 2014, The Molasses Flood has only developed two games. Its third will be a new entry in one of CD Projekt Red’s franchises.
While it’s unclear how many unannounced projects CD Projekt Red is developing internally, today’s investor relations call makes it sound like a flimsy studio. Of course, sometimes investors need to hear the right things. It’s entirely possible that the studio is toying with some smaller ideas – another free DLC for Cyberpunk 2077 or something on a similar scale – and consider it “research and concept work” for an unannounced project.
If that’s not the case and the studio actually has more large-scale projects in the works, then it’s fair to ask if the studio has the focus on the right point. It’s good for CD Projekt Red to move forward; it cannot be held by Cyberpunk 2077 forever. But its sequel has to be huge, and so far its sequel is a sequel to The Witcher 3. Fans can only hope that the project gets all the attention and resources it needs, and that CD Projekt Red doesn’t go thin.