With the hype and excitement surrounding the impending release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it's almost impossible to believe that following the success of The Witcher 2, it wasn't a third installment in the series next teased by developer CD Projekt Red. With the studio's knack for medieval fantasy beyond question, it seemed science fiction would be their next challenge with the mysterious Cyberpunk 2077.
And from the first showing, fans of the genre had their curiosity piqued - thanks in large part to an unforgettable slow-motion teaser trailer hinting at several of the themes and plot elements of the futuristic RPG. Since the trailer's release (and the flurry of details and aspirations that soon followed), however, updates have been hard to come by. According to the developer, that's something fans will have to get used to for the time being.
If the team's resources were already being taxed in delivering on the high expectations for The Witcher 3 (and the creation of a brand new game engine on top of it), the decision to delay that game's release has made the studio's top priority perfectly clear. Speaking with Gamespot, CD Projekt's head of marketing and public relations, Michal Platkow-Gilewski explained that the game is still in the works; it's just not the game demanding their attention at the moment:
The first rule of Cyberpunk 2077 is that we don't talk about Cyberpunk 2077... On a more serious note, in short, communication-wise, we are now focusing entirely on The Witcher: Wild Hunt. Everyone is working crazy hard to give gamers around the world an RPG to remember. Worry not, Cyberpunk 2077 is OK, its time will come.
Are you happy to hear that the Polish studio is putting all of its efforts into making The Witcher 3 the best experience it can be, before moving full steam into Cyberpunk? Or does the team's pedigree being combined with such an intriguing setting and story seem like a more exciting prospect for you personally? Be sure to share your own thoughts, hopes or concerns in the comments.
We'll keep you up to date on any and all details related to Cyberpunk 2077 as it's revealed - before or after CD Projekt chooses to do so. For the time being, it seems only one sprawling RPG from the studio can be allowed to hold the spotlight at a time.
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